Participants in Habsburg Inc. will
carefully analyze the rule of the Hapsburgs and apply what they learn to a
current business or organization. The steps they will follow are
- Students will be assigned to a team of four
students. Each student will be
given one of the following roles (a) dynastic ruler, (b) clergy, (c) nobility,
- Once students have been assigned a role, they
will gather research on your assignment.
Look at a few
websites, looking for information and making notes on your role
Fill in your assigned
page for the “Habsburg
- Students will discuss their assigned roles with
their group. They will explore with the group the
ways the different roles fit together and interact with one another in
promoting the success of Habsburg rule.
They should make a few notes about the conclusions you reach.
- Student groups will select or create a business or
organization that they think models well the principles learned about Habsburg rule. They will fill in the right side of
the “Habsburg Roles” handout with information for a position in the business
that corresponds to the role you researched for the Habsburg
- Students willDiscuss with their group the ways the
roles will fit together in your business organization. They will fill in the “Habsburg Chain
of Command” chart and the “Organization/Business
Chain of Command Chart”. They
will observe the parallels between the two charts.
The lesson is organized so as to run somewhat
independently once it is introduced.
A teacher may discuss briefly dynastic rule and some its characteristics
and invite students to explore the characteristics of the Habsburg dynasty. It
will likely take about 3-5 one hour class periods for student groups to complete
their work. This is a social
studies unit, but involves writing skills as well.
Students should be divided into groups of
four, with a mix of high achieving and low achieving students in each
Students will likely need some guidance as
they glean research materials from the internet. Teachers will need to actively
facilitate classroom groups, and help them gather the most relevant information
and then help them form conclusions based on their
The webquest is designed for a computer
lab where each student has access.
If done in a one computer classroom, the teacher will need to guide
discussion and hands on activities with students and may re-divide and assign
roles to groups of students in the room