Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students will use BrainPOP resources to learn about the Ottoman Empire.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Identify and explain key information about the Ottoman Empire.
  2. Analyze a primary source from the Ottoman Empire.


  • Computers with internet access for BrainPOP


Preview the movie and recommended lesson materials below. Make a class set of photocopies for any resources you choose to incorporate.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Pass out the Worksheet and have students read over it with a partner.
  2. Explain that you will play the the Ottoman Empire Movie for the class, and students should listen specifically for the information that is outlined in the worksheet.
  3. After the movie, allow students to work with their partners to complete the cause and effect information on the worksheet. You may want to play the movie through a second time (perhaps with closed captioning) to support students in recording their thoughts.
  4. Explain to students that official documents of the Ottoman court were hand-painted with calligraphy seals called tughras. Display the Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent
  5. Discuss the tughra with students. You may want to choose a few of the Primary Source Activity questions, or have students complete the activity on their own or cooperatively.
  6. Further assess student learning using the Review Quiz and have students take it as a class, in teams, or in partners.