Mughal Empire Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson plan, we encourage our students to enhance their understanding of the Mughal Empire through a collaborative project that builds upon the knowledge conveyed in this lesson. Through presenting their findings, students also gain public speaking experience.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the foundation of the Mughal Empire
  • explain the qualities that made Babur and Akbar the Great successful
  • explain the fall of the Mughal Empire


1 hour


  • Internet and/or books on Mughal rulers
  • Poster board
  • Markers, colored pencils, or other arts & crafts supplies

Key Vocabulary

  • Mughal Empire
  • Babur
  • Hindustani
  • Akbar the Great
  • Taj Mahal
  • Jahangir
  • Aurangzeb

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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