Subject: Social Studies
Lesson Length: 60 - 65 mins
Topic: Empires and Diverse Peoples
Brief Description: Students will understand how the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) maintained control over a religiously diverse group of peoples.
Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of the location of the Ottoman Empire, its growth over time, and types of peoples they conquered as they grew their empire.
Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic focusing on how religion plays a role in every society and how it has been the root of conflicts.
Have students research how the Ottoman Empire treated those who did not practice their religion.
Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic illustrating how the Ottomans maintained control over large groups of diverse peoples. The comic should focus on one method of control used.
Closure: Students will discuss their findings in small groups or with the whole class.
Assign a specific topic/aspect of the Ottoman Empire’s laws/strategies for keeping diverse groups under control.
Students could research the rules/laws created by different Sultans.