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Map Making

We just finished a whole class case study of the Mongol Empire, and read and wrote about various perspectives on three of their leaders- Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, and Batu Khan.  Students have now begun round two of independent research- this time around we are focusing on Asia.

I wanted a way for students to collect basic information while also really zeroing in on TIME and PLACE and understanding how they intersect.  After showing them my sample google map:

They’ve been taking everything to a whole new level.  I can’t wait to show off the fun and smart maps they’ve created… the new features they figured out how to use… it’s all very exciting.  Google maps are awesommmme.


3 comments on “Map Making

  1. Robert Rich
    March 17, 2013

    Cool map and timeline, Sara. I look forward to seeing what your students come up with.

  2. Lonnie Rich
    March 17, 2013

    We went to see Xanadu last night performed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. It references ST Cooleridge’s Kubla Khan. The first line in the poem is “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree.” Xanadu is approximately where Bejing is now and was Kubla’s summer home.

  3. Tim Z Falconer
    March 17, 2013

    I just listened to a bunch of Khan-era Mongol history on Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. He just finished a 5-episode series of podcasts, I think they’re more than an hour each – maybe about 10 hours total. I think I only listened to two of them, but they’re fascinating- maybe take a listen and see if they’d be appropriate for your students? I found DC’s HH on iTunes.

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