Student Sheet: The Early Modern Era

Instructions

Your teacher will have allocated you, or your group, one of the regions of the world.

To start, type into the Search box at the top of the screen:

World 1453.

A drop-down list will appears. Click on the entry for World 1453 CE (it will probably be at the top).

A map of the world at that date will appear.

Then follow the in-map link through to your allocated region.

You can use the links in the map to go down to country-level maps. These will give them more details about what’s going on in their part of the world.

Use the arrows to the left and right of the screen to go backwards and forwards through history. In this way, look at the maps dated 1453 CE. 1648 CE and 1789 CE.

Read the information accompanying the maps, and note down the key events and developments which are mentioned as taking place in the region. Also note their causes and consequences (if mentioned).

Then list the major trends (again, where mentioned) in

  • government
  • religion
  • society
  • technology
  • science or “know-how”

Also consider the following questions:

What influences have reached the region from the wider world? –  and has the region itself influenced the wider world? If so, how?

 

Presentation

Each group prepares and gives a presentation, so that all students in the class hear about the histories of all the regions.

This could be by way of a PowerPoint or other presentation tool, or a simple talk. Your teacher will instruct you on what is required.

The presentations should be made up of the headings and key points; but you should talk around these points, so as to link each into a rounded overview of the topic.

It is usually more interesting for audiences to hear different voices, so try to have different members of the group taking different parts of the presentation.

Students not in the presenting group should take notes on the points covered in the presentation.

Your teacher may finish the unit off with a plenary discussion about the contributions of your region to world history as a whole. While you are preparing the presentation, think about the wider context of the events and developments you are covering.

 

3. Plenary

If you have time, think about the following questions:

What were the major events and episodes in world history to occur between 1453 and 1789?

Which of these were the most significant for the shaping of world history, do you think?