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Unit 3 What is empire?

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However here are some good links instead
http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/155/25992.html - a good list for a starter.
http://www.allempires.com/ tell which empire existed almost everywhere!
http://www.teachinghearts.org/dre04histempires.html
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/government/empires.htm - this is a good one for young people – if you can stand the pop-ups!
http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/H/history/e-h/empire.html

Introduction

This half term, we are going to study and research empires. Lesson 1 look at what empires are and a few examples. Your homework will be to find the names, locations and time-span only of several more! Then there will be a lesson on the Roman Empire to set you off, as over the next 3 weeks, you will each be expected to present up to 10 slides on an empire from a list chosen by you but so we do not get repeats, I will have the final say! The idea is that you will be involved in at least 2 empires, one as the leader and then one or 2 others as helpers. So as leader, you will have 1 or 2 helpers. This will go to make up 25% of your end of year test – so failure to put in the work could be expensive!
Week 6 of this unit will be a presentation by me about Genghis Khan and the Mogul Empire – so no chance of anyone choosing that one – just to let you know!

Lesson 1: What is Empire?
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Useful Links for homework:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_empires
http://history.howstuffworks.com/asian-history/ancient-asian-peoples-empires.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Former_empires_of_Europe – a list of where to start
http://www.american-indians.net/empires.htm - only a few I’m afraid!
http://www.thenagain.info/webchron/americas/Americas.html and another couple of ideas here


Lesson 2: The Roman Empire
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HINTS AND TIPS

Here are a few helpful suggestions - you do not have to do it this way, but if you are wondering how to start, this is one way ....
Slide 1: Name of Empire with names of lead and helper on it and a picture or 2 e.g. picture of famous leaders or artifacts - things dug up by archaeologists for example
Slide 2: A map showing where it is as it was then - be prepared to explain where it is in the world and what countries cover the area now
Slide 3: Dates it started and ended and brief introduction
Slide 4 - 10; 2 or 3 good stories about what happened - remember we talked about technology, and armies and beliefs - any of those. Or just what do we know about leaders? Liberally sprinkled with pictures if you can find them.
Hope that helps!!
To the leader: I suggest you share out the work with you taking the major hit, perhaps ask your partner to find some pictures or ask them to prepare a few of the slides on a particular idea. Also share out the presentation. If either of you have difficulties with mikes etc, sort this out before hand! No-one HAS to read out their contribution, but it would be good if they could do a bit of it.

Lesson 3: Our little intermission - the Vikings



Lesson 5: Our final class presentation:
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Lesson 6: Mogul Empire
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