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In this unit students will investigate how empires rose in certain places where plenty of resources supported innovation. It focuses on the study of four empires throughout time and space: Persian, Han Chinese, Roman, and Incan. Students will answer the questions: “How can location and time period lead to innovation?”, “How are people shaped by, and how do they shape their environments?”, and “Which innovation had the most impact?”. By critically analyzing these empires, developing research journals, and constructing arguments and evaluation of the significance of resources and innovations on these societies, students will be more prepared to understand the significance of innovation and resources on society.

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