Early Centres of Power
LESSON 4: How big were ancient kingdoms?
Let’s examine the art and architecture of the ancient people in Pyu city-states through comparison of evidence. The students will consider the evidence for two competing theories about history and decide which one they find more convincing. Students will also cultivate respect for people from neighbouring countries by considering their similarities.
|Subject||History / Social Studies|
|Topic||How big were ancient kingdoms?|
|Key idea||There are several theories about the history of the Pyu kingdoms and various sources provide evidence for competing versions.|
|No. of periods / lessons||1 period (1 period is approximately 50 minutes)|
|Facilities needed||Sources and handouts for distribution|
|Prerequisite knowledge:||Students should gain prerequisite knowledge by completing Handout 1: Pre-reading. This could be done for homework before the activities described below, or in a prior class period|
By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:
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1. Hook activity: Comparing cities
Students reflect on the similarities and differences between their city and another city of their choice. This activity encourage students to analyze and compare in a way similar to the activity they will undertake during the lesson.
2. Teacher talk
The teacher introduces 2 theories elaborated by historians on the organization of the Pyu Ancient Cities (in nowadays Myanmar).
3. Group work
Students analyse several maps and sources to find evidence supporting each theory on the Pyu Ancient Cities.
4. Sharing our theories
- Representatives from each group explain which theory their group supported and why. Sharing theories allows students to share their own ideas, hear other students’ ideas, and consolidate what they learned
- The teacher reminds students that either theory could be correct. Historians are still discussing this issue, and now students are also part of the discussion