7TH GRADE: THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

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1. ACTIVITY 3—Roman Tech Experts Students will research the various technological advancements used by the Roman's and become the "expert" on that technology. They will follow up by explaining what it is, why it was important, and how it helped to expand the Empire.

2. ACTIVITY 2—Silk Road Trade Exchange: Students will be organized into five groups with a specific resource (ex: food, gold, silver, spices, silk). The goal is to acquire at least one of each resource by the end of the allotted time frame. Additional rules will be provided. Students will role play in the challenges and procedures that had taken place on the Silk Road.

3. ACTIVITY 1—Feudal Japan VS Feudal Europe: Students will create a large hierarchy chart of the societal differences and similarities between Japan and Europe; providing key characteristics to how each of these societies functioned.

4. THE WORLD IN 300 CE

4.1. Analyzing the early communication of cultures by means of language, trade, beliefs, and governing; the interconnectedness of distant regions.

5. ROME AND CHRISTENDOM (300—1200)

5.1. Analyzing the growth and contraction of the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and medieval Christendom; sites of encounter, maintenance of power over its territories, and the eventual path to a decentralized system of feudalism.

6. SOUTHWESTERN ASIA, 300—1200: PERSIA AND THE WORLD OF ISLAM

6.1. Looking at how the environment affected the development and growth of the Persian and Muslim Empires. How did Islam change and spread to multiple cultures, as well as interact with various African and Southern European sites?

7. SOUTH ASIA: GUPTA EMPIRE (300—1200)

7.1. Analyzing the environmental, cultural, religious, and technological changes that affected the people of India; their contribution in the spread of ideas and practices.

8. EAST ASIA: CHINA AND JAPAN (300—1300)

8.1. Analyzing the Tang and Song Dynasties control, the environmental conditions and technological innovations—causing and economic revolution—and studying the impact of culture, religion, and feudalism on society.

9. THE AMERICAS (300—1490

9.1. Analyzing the environmental affects on the growth of populations—how did these civilization's leaders hold control over their people and territories and how did these regions change over time?

10. WEST AFRICA: GHANA AND MALI (900—1400)

10.1. Analyzing the development and expansion of West African Empires via trade networks; what were the difference in perspectives between Arab/North Africa and West Africa?

11. SITES OF ENCOUNTERS IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD (1150—1490)

11.1. Analyzing the impact of the Mongol Empire and how it increased interconnectedness throughout Afroeurasia; the exchanges at Majorca and Calicut; the increase of trade leading to technological innovations to places unexplored by the Eastern Hemisphere.

12. GLOBAL CONVERGENCE (1450—1750)

12.1. Analyzing the impact from the voyages of exploration on the environment, trade, and global interconnections; the rise of colonialism and the affects on those colonized; the impact on western civilizations; the societal construction of slavery; understanding the power of gunpowder over people and territories.

13. THE IMPACT OF IDEAS (1500—1750)

13.1. Analyzing the divide in the Christian church—Reformation—and how religions changed and spread throughout the early modern era; the impact of the Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.