I can list the contributions of the Byzantine Empire and describe its fall.
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In this lesson, students learn what led to the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the start of the Ottoman. They will also explore the Great Schism and compare the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Students will also explain the lasting legacy of the Byzantine Empire in the world.
Students will be able to explain what led to the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
Review the roles of Justinian and his wife, Theodora. Have students recall what they learned. Then have students observe the two pictures of people praying and discuss the similarities and differences.
Begin by telling students about the Great Schism and explain the importance of icons. Describe the religious beliefs of the western Roman empire and the east, then use a Venn Diagram to compare the two. Have students drag the statements to the correct place on the Venn Diagram. After this, discuss the rise of Islam and the other factors that led to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Next, go over the legacy of the Byzantine Empire and its impact in the world today, in our culture, art, cities, architecture, religion, and law.
Check student understanding with ten multiple-choice, fill-in, and true or false questions.
Review the factors that contributed to the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Then have students drag the events to the correct place on the timeline. This is a review of everything students have learned about the Byzantine Empire from the year 285 to 1453.
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