Lesson One: Learning about Early Modern Era Empires

A key role of diplomats is to gather and analyze intelligence.  In this lesson, students acting as diplomats, will prepare a short intelligence briefing on their assigned empire to present to the representatives of the other modern empires. Note that there are ten empires in all. Depending on the size of the class each empire team may consist of two to five members.

The goal of this lesson is for each team to identify, categorize, and prioritize the distinct characteristics of their empire and then, summarize them in a short PowerPoint using visual images only to represent these characteristics. 

This lesson is the first in a seven lesson sequence. Teachers may link to the unit overview with Guiding Questions, College and Career Readiness standards and Background. Lesson 1 aligns with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.6

Guiding Questions

What constitutes an Empire?

Learning Objectives

Students will analyze texts to determine and organize the characteristics of Early Modern Empires.

Students will create a presentation that evaluates the short and long term contributions of the Early Modern Empires.