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Ch 14: Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE): AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE) chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the civilizations of Asia, Africa and Central America from the Middle Ages in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

11 Lessons in Chapter 14: Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE): AP World History Lesson Plans
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Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

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.

Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

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.

Vietnam & Korea (1000-1300 CE): Overview & Influences

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.

India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

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.

The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions

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.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

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.

Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept

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.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

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!

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

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.

The Incan Empire: History & Fall

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.

Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

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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