Genghis Khan Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Genghis Kahn made an indelible mark on the history of the world. This lesson plan makes sure that students know key facts about his life and accomplishments with the help of a text lesson and mapping and timeline activities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline key events in the life of Genghis Khan
  • explain the significance of Genghis Khan's life and legacy


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.



  • Write the following on the board: 'Genghis Khan was a ...'.
  • Ask students to select a word to finish the sentence.
  • Have the students share their words and write them on the board as they do.
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson, one per student.
  • Ask students to read the introduction and 'Who was Temujin?' section of the text lesson.
    • How many of the words we listed on the board matched the words used to describe Genghis Khan (Temujin) in the text lesson?
  • Now have the class read the 'Becoming Genghis Khan' section of the text lesson.
    • Why might Genghis Khan and his men have spared the men under the height of three feet?
    • Why do you think he chose the name that means 'universal ruler?'

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