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Below is a sample breakdown of the Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Chinese dynasties and Japan||T'ang, Kao-tsu, Song, Ming, Prince Shotoku, shogun and Taika reforms|
|Tuesday||Vietnam, Korea and India||Koryo Dynasty, Le Hoan, Ly Cong Uan, Rajaraja I and Delhi Sultanate|
|Wednesday||African kingdoms and cultures||Kush and Axum civilizations, Mali, Songhai, Ghana and Sundiata Keita|
|Thursday||The Mayan civilization's decline, the Aztecs and the Incas||Droughts, seasonal desert, disease, Tenochtitlan, Montezuma II, Aztec calendar, Pachacutec, Pizarro, Incan Empire, Andes Mountains, Quechua and polytheistic|
|Friday||Middle Ages trade networks||The Silk Road, Islamic Empire, Sahara Desert and Indian Ocean trade|
1. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming
In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.
2. Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers
In this lesson, we explore the Middle Ages in Japan, from the classical era of imperial Japan to the feudal era of intermittent and regional warfare that followed it.
3. Vietnam & Korea (1000-1300 CE): Overview & Influences
In this lesson, we explore the history of two smaller Asian countries during the Middle Ages: Vietnam and Korea. We'll learn more about the dynasties that ruled each and the effect China had on both.
4. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions
In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.
5. The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions
In this lesson, we explore the rise and fall of two African kingdoms in East Africa, Kush and Axum, which were both established by utilizing their unique positions to exploit regional trade.
6. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.
7. Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept
For many years, archaeologists have studied the collapse of the Maya civilization. Learn the different theories archaeologists believe were responsible for the downfall of the Maya.
8. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture
A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!
9. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America
The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.
10. The Incan Empire: History & Fall
If we look at 15th-century Mesoamerica, we see that the fastest growing empire of the time was the Incan Empire. The Inca created an elaborate society, which, before it fell to the Spanish, was the largest nation on Earth, and it remains the largest native state to have existed in the western hemisphere.
11. Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes
In this lesson, we explore several of the more important trade networks during the Middle Ages, from the Silk Road across Central Asia to the gold trade across the Sahara.
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