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Big Era Four: Landscape Unit 4.5

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Giant Empires of Afroeurasia
300 BCE - 500 CE

Why This Unit?

During Big Era Four, states, that is, territories ruled by central governments, reached new levels of size and complexity in Afroeurasia.This unit will give students a basic understanding of the history of Afroeurasian states and societies between 300 BCE and 500 CE. Some of institutions and ways of living that these societies developed greatly influenced later ages, even our own.The unit will also guide students through a process of synthetic reasoning to gain a sense of the larger system of interconnectedness in Afroeurasia as a whole. Finally, students will develop critical skills through evaluation of their own work and that of other students.

Unit Objectives

Upon completing this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the subject by answering a series of questions on Afroeurasian history between 300 BCE and 500 CE.
2. Categorize and record information about Afroeurasia between 300 BCE and 500 CE.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the historical significance of states during Big Era Four.
4. Evaluate their own and peer work using rubrics.

Time and Materials

This unit should take, depending on which portions the teacher introduces, between three and seven class days.
Students will need some source material for acquiring and understanding information about the subject.This might include a textbook reading, a lecture, or directed library research. Students will also need materials to create brochures, such as paper, scissors, and pens.

Table of Contents

Why This Unit?

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Time and Materials

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Unit Objectives

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Authors

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The Historical Context

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This Unit in the Big Era Timeline

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Lesson 1: Giant Empires of Afroeurasia: Gathering/Classifying Data

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Lesson 2: Giant Empires of Afroeurasia: Selling the Destination to Time Tourists

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Lesson 3: Giant Empires of Afroeurasia: Learning to Evaluate Work

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This Unit and the Three Essential Questions

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This Unit and the Seven Key Themes

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This Unit and the Standards in Historical Thinking

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Resources

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Correlations to National and State Standards

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Conceptual links to other teaching units

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