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posted Mar 12, 2013, 5:28 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 5:29 AM ]
Day 31--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain how the Mogul Empire compares to the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Empire in a variety of areas. I will collect information about important the Mogul Empire to add to my chart from yesterday.I will complete a chart comparing empires, using the textbook and my teammates, to complete it. This is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to provide material I will need later for my summative assessment. 
Standard: Economics 2.4 -- Understand the economic issues and problems that all societies face. 
Essential Question -- 

How do decisions about trade and isolation help or hurt a society in the long run?

Last night's homework was about the Mogul Empire. Today we start with an open note QUIZ over the homework, so get out your homework and do your best. 

When you are finished with the quiz, you'll be continuing the chart you started yesterday, with a goal to finish all of it today in class. If you didn't finish both columns on the Ottoman and Safavid Empire, continue that work. But leave yourself time to complete the third column on the Mogul Empire, too. Share the work in your group so you find the information for as many of the rows as possible.
When you complete your chart with your group, you need to MAKE A COPY of your own, so if sharing settings change later on you will still be able to access the information you need. 

This map shows the locations of the three Muslim empires we've been looking at. You'll notice that they are neighbors, each one adjoining one or two others. You'll find a similar map on page 257 of your text. Spend some time looking at the maps (the one here can be enlarged by clicking on it) and then ask yourself the following questions. Write your answers on your own copy of the Muslim Comparison Chart you just completed and saved as your own. You can copy/paste the questions there, or turn the questions into complete answers that show their topics. 

1. Which of the empires appears to control the most area?
2. Which of the empires would be most at risk for invasion and loss of territory through warfare?
3. Which of the empires would be most likely -- based on geography alone -- to encounter traders from other areas of the world?
4. What geographic features likely kept the empires from spreading further south?
5. What geographic features likely kept the empires from spreading further north?
6. Which of the empires seems to be in the best location to maintain its power over time? Why?

When finished with the map activity above, turn your attention to a primary source (or two, or three) to learn more about how outsiders viewed the three Muslim Empires. 
READ at least one of the primary sources below, then WRITE a short explanation of what you learned about how Europeans viewed members of these empires. Write your explanation to the end of your Muslim Empires Comparison Chart. When done, create a Reference Entry for the source you used. Ask for help if you need it. 
Primary source A: The Ottomans policy of expansion to the west brought them into contact with many Europeans, especially soldiers. 
Read here how the two sides viewed each other. 
Primary source B: The Safavid Empire's policy of admitting westerners in exchange for access to their weaponry brought them into contact with European non-Muslims. 
Read here how one visitor described the world of the Safavids. 
Primary source  C: The Mogul Empire was visited by many Europeans who arrived seeking trade opportunities and by Christian missionaries seeking to convert the indigenous population.
 Read here how one European visitor described the court of Shah Jahan. 

No Class Tomorrow; No Homework due on Thursday (though you do have an assignment due on Monday, so you might want to get a head start on that one).