Ch 1: Empires After the Fall of Rome Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

You can watch the videos in this lesson to prepare for teaching your students about the historical empires that existed after the fall of Rome. These videos will present lesson plans about different topics that your students will need to know.

Empires After the Fall of Rome Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you are planning to teach your students about world history up to the year 1600, you will need to prepare lessons on empires that rose following the fall of Rome. This chapter contains lessons that will help you construct lesson plans on key topics your students will need to know. Included in this chapter are lessons on:

  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The Code of Justinian
  • Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

Our lesson plans will help you ensure that your students learn about these historical empires and their significance on later world history.

How It Helps

  • Explains concepts: These lessons will go over basic concepts that your students will need to know in order to understand this subject.
  • Identifies key figures: By providing information on important figures relevant to these empires, these lessons will help your students better understand these specific empires.
  • Provides lesson plans: The lessons included in this chapter will assist you in preparing clear and informative lesson plans for your students.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning world history lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics about empires after the fall of Rome you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your world history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons about different empires after the fall of Rome for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important world history concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant world history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 1: Empires After the Fall of Rome Lesson Plans
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Byzantine Empire Lesson Plan

1. Byzantine Empire Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and resources from Study.com, there will be nothing convoluted about your approach to the Byzantine Empire, as well as the split between the Eastern and Western churches.

The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

2. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire and a bit about its famous emperors, Constantine and Justinian, seeing just how this 'New Rome' was established.

Constantinople Lesson Plan

3. Constantinople Lesson Plan

Where was the city of Constantinople and what is its historical significance? This lesson plan uses both video and text lessons to help you teach your students about the rise and fall of Constantinople. An activity helps to solidify understanding.

The Fall of Constantinople: History & Explanation

4. The Fall of Constantinople: History & Explanation

The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 CE marked the final collapse of the Roman Empire. This lesson will provide the background, summary, and far-reaching impact of this historical conflict.

The Establishment of Constantinople

5. The Establishment of Constantinople

Constantinople may have existed before Constantine, but it was that emperor who made the city one of the most important in the world. From the 300s until today, Constantinople (now called Istanbul) has been the center of much trade and power.

Justinian Code Lesson Plan

6. Justinian Code Lesson Plan

One of the most underappreciated, albeit vitally important, documents in history is Justinian's Code of Laws. Use this plan to teach your students about the impact of Justinian's Code of Laws.

Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

7. Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

This lesson will highlight the emperors after Constantine. It will specifically explore the reign of Justinian and the famous Justinian code of law. It will also discuss the Apostate and the battle of Adrianople.

Charlemagne Lesson Plan

8. Charlemagne Lesson Plan

Charlemagne helped to establish our modern idea of Europe. With this lesson plan and video from Study.com, you can help to establish his historic significance in the minds of your students.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

9. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

Genghis Khan Lesson Plan

10. Genghis Khan Lesson Plan

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.

Genghis Khan: Facts, Quotes & Biography

11. Genghis Khan: Facts, Quotes & Biography

Warrior and conqueror Genghis Khan led Mongol armies to control the largest swath of land ever controlled in the world, from Asia into the Middle East. The Mongol Empire spanned 1206 - 1368. Even after Khan's death in 1227, his family reign remained.

Incas Lesson Plan

12. Incas Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the Incas. Two engaging video-based lessons lead students towards understanding of the history of their empire and civilization. Students then apply knowledge with an activity.

The Rise of the Incan Empire

13. The Rise of the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of one of the greatest civilizations of the Americas: the Inca. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Incan history with a brief quiz.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

14. 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.

Vikings Lesson Plan

15. Vikings Lesson Plan

Take your instruction on the Vikings to a new high with this lesson plan. Two video lessons engage students and a hands-on activity gives them a chance to show what they've learned.

Vikings: From Lawbreakers to Lawmakers

16. Vikings: From Lawbreakers to Lawmakers

Portrayed as little better than pirates, the Vikings were actually an important influence on the development of Europe as we know it. From establishing cities from Ireland to Russia and conquering England many times, the Vikings changed Europe forever.

History of the Vikings

17. History of the Vikings

This lesson covers the history of the Vikings. We examine the Viking longships and their role in raids. Then we explore the impact these raids had on European history. Next we look at some of the other things the Vikings did besides raiding.

Samurai Lesson Plan

18. Samurai Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about Samurais. Students will watch an educational video describing 12th century Japanese military culture and the role of the samurai, then apply concepts to a fun activity.

Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

19. Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the samurai and the Japanese military culture of the 12th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Byzantine Empire Activities & Games

20. Byzantine Empire Activities & Games

The Byzantine Empire, which covered vast amounts of Europe and the Middle East for hundreds of years, is a significant and fascinating topic of study. In this lesson, teachers will learn about classroom games and activities designed to teach students about the Byzantine Empire.

Mansa Musa Lesson Plan

21. Mansa Musa Lesson Plan

Have your students ever heard of Mansa Musa? This lesson plan ensures that they grasp key concepts of his life and reign with the help of a text lesson and activity.

Mansa Musa: Definition, Facts & Biography

22. Mansa Musa: Definition, Facts & Biography

Who was the richest man in history? Was it Rockefeller or Bill Gates? Neither! In this lesson, you will learn about Mansa Musa, the fourteenth century African king whose immense wealth was rumored throughout Europe and Asia.

King Arthur Lesson Plan for Middle School

23. King Arthur Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson, an art activity as well as a hands-on acting activity to help your students learn about the characters and story of King Arthur.

Who Was King Arthur? - Legend, Knights & Court

24. Who Was King Arthur? - Legend, Knights & Court

The legend of King Arthur is one of the most popular legends set during medieval times. Learn more about the legend of King Arthur, life in England during King Arthur's reign, and learn about some of the most popular knights in King Arthur's court before testing your knowledge with a quiz.

Ottoman Empire Lesson Plan

25. Ottoman Empire Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson explores the longest running empire in history, the Ottoman Empire. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete two activities and take a quiz.

The Ottoman Empire

26. The Ottoman Empire

This lesson will be a brief survey of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight the ghazis, Osman, and Suleiman. It will also highlight the decline of the empire due to its involvement with Russia and the other powers of Europe.

Decline of the Ottoman Empire Lesson Plan

27. Decline of the Ottoman Empire Lesson Plan

If you have discussed the rise of the Ottoman Empire, then this lesson plan is the optimal solution for identifying factors that affected its decline. Students will complete a reading assignment, participate in a debate and take a quiz.

The Fall of the Ottoman Empire: 1914 & WWI

28. The Fall of the Ottoman Empire: 1914 & WWI

In this lesson we will learn about the fall of the Ottoman Empire as a result of its loss in World War I. We will highlight the key events and developments in this process, and place it in historical context.

Ibn Battuta Lesson Plan

29. Ibn Battuta Lesson Plan

Who was Ibn Battuta? How did he make his mark in history? Two informative text lessons provide a knowledge base about Ibn Battuta's life and travels. A mapping activity solidifies understanding.

Ibn Battuta: Travels & Facts

30. Ibn Battuta: Travels & Facts

Ibn Battuta was one of the great travelers in human history, and had a thirst for knowledge. In this lesson, we'll explore his journey across the Islamic world in the 14th century.

Who was Ibn Battuta? - Quotes & Biography

31. Who was Ibn Battuta? - Quotes & Biography

Ibn Battuta, who started to travel a year after Marco Polo's death, left a remarkable legacy of travel and a recording of life in the Muslim world of the 14th century. His quotes, now over six centuries old, still inspire people everywhere to travel and experience the world.

Taj Mahal Lesson Plan

32. Taj Mahal Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes an informative text lesson and discussion questions to introduce students to the history and architecture of the Taj Mahal. Students will then expand upon this knowledge by creating a virtual field trip of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal: History & Architecture

33. The Taj Mahal: History & Architecture

The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll examine the history and architecture of this magnificent structure.

Anglo-Saxon History Lesson Plan

34. Anglo-Saxon History Lesson Plan

What is meant by the term Anglo-Saxon and why is it important in world history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the history of the Anglo-Saxons. A class activity challenges students as it connects them to the material.

Anglo-Saxon History & Culture

35. Anglo-Saxon History & Culture

For many people, England's history really begins with the Anglo-Saxons. But how much do you really know about them? In this lesson, we'll cover Anglo-Saxon history and check out some major aspects of their culture as well.

Justinian & Theodora of Byzantium Lesson Plan

36. Justinian & Theodora of Byzantium Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Justinian and Theodora with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz to follow-up, and participate in three fun activities to solidify their comprehension.

Justinian & Theodora: Marriage, Facts & Mosaics

37. Justinian & Theodora: Marriage, Facts & Mosaics

When looking for great romance stories, we don't always think of medieval Constantinople - but perhaps we should. In this lesson, we'll learn about the reign of Justinian and Theodora, one of the most powerful couples in world history.

Mughal Empire Lesson Plan

38. Mughal Empire Lesson Plan

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.

The Mughal Empire: History, Rulers & Decline

39. The Mughal Empire: History, Rulers & Decline

From the hopes of Babur and Akbar to build an empire that all people could be proud of, to the obsession of Shah Jahan for his lost wife and the sheer cruelty of Aurangzeb, the Mughal Empire's history offers something for everyone.

Vikings Lesson Plan for Elementary School

40. Vikings Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Learning about the Vikings can be fun and exciting for students. This lesson plan provides a text lesson to guide student understanding and accompanying activities to get students active in learning.

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