THE WORLD IN 1500
A Web Quest for World History
Through out the Middle Ages, vastly
different civilizations thrived through
out the world. Important events and
ideologies impacted the lives of people
in all these regions. In the closing
years of the 15th century, Columbus'
'discovery' of a new world created
interest in these foreign civilizations
as well as apprehension. Thus the stage
was set for unprecedented interaction
between these far-flung regions of the
world and the creation of a new world
The major broadcast networks are competing
for ratings and they send their best reporters
(you!) out into the field to report on....what the
world looked like in the 1500s.
1. Working in a team you will research and gather information about your assigned region using a GEARS chart
and the Internet.
G = Government and Geography
E = Economy
A = Art
R = Religion
S = Society - Social structure
*GEARS charts will be provided in class
You should also consider the following in your research:
What is the condition of your region? Is it losing power or gaining power?
What makes your region of the world unique?
What events (wars, disease, trade) have shaped or are
shaping your region? How did the ideologies of your people
shape your region?
2. To present your research your team will develop a twenty
minute newscast, which will be presented to the class.
*Sample formats will be discussed in class
3. You will be graded on your:
*Research....Gears, Bibliography, Notes
*Culminating question essay
*A Rubric and GEARS note sheets will be provided in class
*Civilizations of the Americas
*The Middle Ages -Western Europe
*The Byzantine Empire and Russia -Eastern Europe
*The Muslim World - Middle East
*Africa - Kingdoms and trading States
*China, Japan, India - Spread of Civilizations in East Asia
Suggested Web Sites:
You may use the following web sites and are required to use your new Internet research skills to find 2 new sites for your assigned region.
The World in 1500
Civilizations in America
Byzantine Empire, early Russia, and Muslim Expansion
The Muslim World
1. [Regents Prep Global History] Golden Ages: Golden Age of Islam
Kingdoms of Africa
1. Course Readings: Early AfricanKingdoms
Spread of Civilizations in East Asia...China, and Japan
Write a five-paragraph essay answering the following
What region of the world, in the 1500s would you choose to
live in? Support your position with three factual reasons.
You many not choose the region you researched!!
Credits and References
Using the format samples provided please list, in correct
form, all the sources you used.....including ones provided in
this Web Quest.