Emerging Empires WebquestEach group will be assigned an Empire from India or East Asia to research As you learn and read about the assigned Empire complete the chart with the information you learned. This chart can be found on Google Classroom. As the class completes the shared document you will be responsible for reviewing the information given.
So why study the emergence of empires in India, China, and East Asia?
The inventions the Chinese made have changed the course of history forever. The abuses of power by Indian and Chinese rulers provide lessons for modern leaders of nations. The religions promoted during those empires remain major social and cultural influences today, with over a billion practitioners worldwide. Trade routes such as the Silk Roads paved the way for cultural exchange and eventual creation of today's global community.
GradeEvery student will be required to contribute to their group's section. I can see who contributed on my end. Review the rubric for more details. Use the checklist to make sure you complete and contributed as needed. Your grade will break down as follows:
Student Work Contribution: 15 pts
Group Work on Chart: 15 pts
Chart Accuracy: 20 pts
Closing Activity: 20 pts
Essential Question: 20 pts
Time Management: 10 pts
Total points: 100
Emerging Empire Checklist
Emerging Empire Rubric
- Open the chart from Google Classroom.
- Use the web pages listed in the Resources to complete the sections of your chart. You may also use your book at any time or find other reliable web pages. See below for help with what you should write in the chart.
- This should be finished for homework if you run out of class time.
Day 2 Both of these activities can be completed in Google Classroom.
- Open the chart in Google Classroom.
- Pick 2 Empires your group did not work on and write 2-3 sentences that summarize the information. This should be done on your own in Google Classroom.
After reading about the various empires, you are now able to answer the essential question below. Use specific information from the chart to support your answer. This will be at least a paragraph written in complete sentences. Finish this for homework if you run out of class time.
How do Empires rise and fall?
What do I write in the chart?Let's begin by going over the column on the far left of the chart. I have already given you the names of the empires and where they are located.
Dates: When did these empires exist.
Influences on the Empire: What I am looking for is what group of people or country influenced this empire. Were they influenced by a group that they traded with? Did they take on their form of government, religion, etc? List the name of the group/country and what they influenced.
Primary Religion: What was the primary religion of that empire? Buddhism, Christianity, Islam? Name it.
Daily Life in Empire: What was it like everyday for the common people of that empire? Did their everyday involve some form of worship? To whom? Who attended school? Who worked for the government? Was it a period of prosperity?
Cultural Achievements: During the time of this empire, was there any great medical or scholarly discoveries?
Form of Government/Rule: How did the empire rule? Democracy? Tyrant?
Reason for Decline: Why did this empire decline?
Looking at the chart, you will notice that China has three empires that will be researched. That is because China is a large country and was ruled by several different families throughout 1600 years.
Take a look at the Mongol Empire. The Mongols were a group of people who lived in clans north of China. For their country, it says "Asian steppe." The Asian steppe is the vast belt of dry grassland that stretches across Eurasia. The Eurasian steppe's western half runs from Central Asia to eastern Europe. The eastern steppe covers what is present-day Mongolia.