9th Grade Suleiman Inquiry How “Magnificent” Was Suleiman?



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9th Grade Suleiman Inquiry

How “Magnificent” Was Suleiman?

Titian, painting of Suleiman, c1530 ©World History Archive/Newscom



Supporting Questions

1.How was Suleiman characterized during his reign?

2.How did Suleiman expand the Ottoman Empire?

3.What changes did Suleiman make to the governance of the Ottoman Empire?



4.To what extent did Suleiman promote tolerance in the Ottoman Empire?


9th Grade Suleiman Inquiry


How “Magnificent” Was Suleiman?

New York State Social Studies Framework Key Idea & Practices

9.7 OTTOMANS AND MING PRE-1600: Christianity, Islam, and Neo-Confucianism influenced the development of regions and shaped key centers of power in the world between 1368 and 1683. The Ottoman Empire and Ming Dynasty were two powerful states, each with a view of itself and its place in the world.

Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence Comparison and Contextualization

Staging the Question

Students read an excerpt from the National Geographic (2014) article “After 450 Years, Archaeologists Still Hunting for Magnificent Sultan’s Heart.” Discuss what reasons might explain the fascination with finding Suleiman’s remains.




Supporting Question 1




Supporting Question 2




Supporting Question 3




Supporting Question 4

How was Suleiman characterized during his reign?




How did Suleiman expand the Ottoman Empire?




What changes did Suleiman make to the governance of the Ottoman Empire?




To what extent did Suleiman promote tolerance in the Ottoman Empire?

Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task


List reasons why Suleiman would be perceived as “magnificent.”




Write a paragraph describing how Suleiman was able to conquer territories and expand the Ottoman Empire.




Write a summary of the laws and reforms passed by Suleiman to stabilize his control of the Ottoman Empire.




Develop a claim with evidence about the extent to which religious and ethnic tolerance was promoted during Suleiman’s reign.

Featured Sources




Featured Sources




Featured Sources




Featured Sources

Source A: Excerpt from Inscription on Moldavian fortress (1538)

Source B: Excerpt from Suleyman the Magnificent and His Age

Source C: Excerpt from Lords of the Horizons

Source D: Painting of Suleiman (c. 1530)




Source A: Map of Ottoman expansion, 1300–1683

Source B: Excerpt from “The Ottomans in Europe”

Source C: Excerpt from “Siege of the Moles”




Source A: Excerpt from The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Source B: Excerpt from The Turkish Letters (c. 1555–1562)





Source A: Excerpt from Owning the Earth

Source B: Map of religious divisions in Europe (c. 1555)

Source C: Excerpt from On the Ottoman Empire




Summative Performance Task

ARGUMENT How “magnificent” was Suleiman? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from historical sources while acknowledging competing views.

EXTENSION Research the recent debate concerning the depiction of Suleiman in the Turkish soap opera The Magnificent Century. Have a class discussion on how Suleiman’s story should be told.

Taking Informed Action

UNDERSTAND Research the relationship between church and state in modern-day Turkey.

ASSESS Weigh the arguments for and against Turkish membership in the European Union.

ACT Create a class position statement on the issue and email or mail it to the European Commission.
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