If You Can`t, Genghis Khan!

Lets uncover the amazing story of one of the world’s
most misunderstood conquerors and the lasting
influence of his legacy. Experience the world of the
Mongolian Empire.
Lesson Objectives
• Using primary and
secondary sources, students
will determine who Genghis
Khan was, describe some of
Genghis Khans
accomplishments, and
summarize life during the
Mongolian Empire.
Common Core State Standards
in Social Studies
• Determine the central ideas
or information of a primary
or secondary source; provide
an accurate summary of the
source distinct from prior
knowledge or opinions.
• Anticipatory Guide
• Novice Ideas
• Virtual Field Trip, “If You Can’t, Genghis Khan!”
• Exit Slip
• Field trip to Field Museum, Genghis Khan Exhibition
• Foldable on Genghis Kahn
• Film Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Kahn.
• Assessment on Lesson
• Who was Genghis Khan?
• What is his legacy?
• What was it like to live
during the Mongolian
• Nomad
• A member of a group of
people who have no fixed
home and move from
place to place in search of
food, water, and grazing
• Ger
• a low cylindrical structure
made of felt (matted and
compressed wool)
supported by a wooden
accordion-like frame.
• The Mongol Ger
Video Gallery | Genghis Khan
• Tribe
• A group of people united
by ties of a common
ancestor, community of
customs and traditions,
adherence to the same
leaders, etc.
• Mongolian Empire
• Existed during the 13th and 14th A.D. Beginning in the Central
Asian grasslands, it eventually stretched from Eastern Europe to
the Sea of Japan, covering large parts of Siberia in the north and
extending southward into Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent,
and the Middle East. It is commonly referred to as the largest
contiguous empire in the history of the world.
• Map of Mongol Empire
File:Mongol Empire map.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• Mongols
• Central-East Asian ethnic group that lives mainly in the
countries of Mongolia, China, and Russia.
• Mongolian Ethnic
Mongolia Ethnic | People
• Like many of the nomads of Mongolia,
Temujin's early life was difficult. His
father arranged a marriage for him,
at nine years of age. He was
delivered by his father to the family
of his future wife Börte, who was a
member of another the tribe. As his
father returned home, he was
poisoned and died. Upon learning
about his father’s death, Temujin
returned home to claim his father's
position as chieftain of the tribe;
however, his father's tribe refused to
be led by a boy so young.
My name is
Temujin. Later I
will become
known as
Genghis Kahn.
• For the next several years, he
lived in poverty, surviving on
wild fruits and ox carcasses,
marmots, hunted by Temujin and
his brothers. It was during one
hunting excursion that 10-yearold Temujin killed his halfbrother, Behter, during a fight
which resulted from a dispute
over hunting spoils. He later
returned to his wife’s tribe, at
the age of 12, in order to
maintain an alliance.
• While still a teenager, Temujin
was able to unite the Mongol
clans. Together, they began to
overpower other warring tribes in
the region, among them the Tatar,
Naiman, and Merkid.
Overcoming rival tribes was a
long struggle, but eventually the
Mongols dominated the region.
Later, tribal leaders agreed to
peace and bestowed on Temujin
the title of "Genghis Khan," which
means "universal ruler."
• Genghis built his army by forming
strong alliances, rewarding loyalty
and bringing defeated warriors
into his band. The army used
specialized horses, bows and
arrows, and swords. His
campaigns were often
accompanied by wholesale
massacres of the civilian
• Mongol Siege Tactics
Video Gallery | Genghis Khan
Mongolian Armored Warriors and Horse
• Genghis Khan died in 1227 at age 65, during the second war
against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia. Prior to, he had
contributed vastly to Mongolian life:
• a system of laws
• messenger system
• paper money
Diplomatic Passport
• the first passport
• adopted a writing system
• promoted religious tolerance in the Mongol Empire
• created a unified empire from the nomadic tribes of northeast
• Genghis Khan Overview
Video Gallery | Genghis Khan
• The five domestic animals most
• Mongolian women had the
important in the Mongolian Empire
power to influence society.
were horses, cattle, camels, sheep,
Even though men were
and goats. These animals were
dominant in society, many
valued for their milk and hides were turned to women in their lives
used for clothing and shelter.
for advice.
• There was a uniform type of Mongol
dress though variations according to
wealth, status, and gender did occur.
These differences included the
design, color, cut, and elaborateness
of the outfit.
Shaman’s Robe
1. Who was Genghis Khan?
2. What is his legacy?
3. What was it like to live during the Mongolian Empire?

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