The purpose of this lesson is to have students compare and contrast the fall of the Roman Empire with the fall of the Han Dynasty in China.
Students will be given a worksheet that discusses several reasons for why each empire fell. Have students summarize each reason on their worksheet.
Then have students partner up and jointly create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the reasons they fell.
I like to give the students butcher paper to create their Venn diagram on a large poster and ask them to draw a visual for each reason they find that is similar or dissimilar.
Afterwards, have the class discuss the main reasons both empires fell and how similar they were.
For Texas teachers, this lesson directly addresses the following TEK:
WH3 History. The student understands the contributions and influence of classical civilizations from 500 BC to AD 600 on subsequent civilizations. The student is expected to: (C) compare the factors that led to the collapse of Rome and Han China
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