Kublai Khan Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan includes various quizzes, activities, and an extension that will help your students learn a lot more about Kublai Khan and his importance to the Mongol Empire.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • define numerous important terms related to Kublai Khan
  • describe Kublai Khan's upbringing, lineage, and accomplishments
  • understand Kublai Khan's importance to the Mongol Empire

Length

About 60 minutes without the activity

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

Key Terms

  • Kublai Khan
  • Sung Dynasty
  • Yuan Dynasty
  • Mongolia
  • Genghis Khan
  • Silk Roads
  • Marco Polo
  • Rustichello da Pisa
  • The Travels of Marco Polo

Instructions

Warm Up

  • Start the class off with a couple of questions:
    • Do you know who Kublai Khan is?
    • What about Genghis Khan?
    • Do you know how they are related?

Discussion

  • Pass out handouts of the following lesson's text:
  • Each student should read the lesson on their own and:
    • Take notes
    • Highlight key concepts
    • Define all bold terms in their own words
    • Summarize what they learned in a few sentences
  • After everyone has finished, discuss:
    • Who was Kublai Khan?
    • Where was he born?
    • Describe his childhood
    • Discuss Kublai Khan's conquests in China
    • What were some of Kublai's major accomplishments?
  • Now, show students a map of how Kublai expanded the Mongol Empire
  • Ask if there are any questions before moving on.
  • Pass out handouts of the following lesson's text:
  • Again, each student should read the lesson on their own and:
    • Take notes
    • Highlight key concepts
    • Define all bold terms in their own words
    • Summarize what they learned in a few sentences
  • After everyone has finished, ask:
    • What were the silk roads?
    • Why and how did Marco Polo end up in Kublai's court?
  • Mini-activity:
    • Pass out and read various excerpts of The Travels of Marco Polo with the class. Allow several minutes for discussion.

Quiz

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