Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where Lesson Plan 2023

Class 8 History Chapter 1

Written By Avinash Sharan

22nd February 2023

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where

Class 8 History Chapter 1 “How, Where, and When” is a wonderful chapter which is full of information. If you are planning to teach this chapter in this session, you must be looking for a detailed lesson plan. Here, through this blog article, we are trying to prepare a lesson plan which is definitely going to be helpful to you. This lesson plan for Class 8 History Chapter 1 has many activities which will help you to engage your students in the class. Of course, your children will also love doing these activities from class 8 History Chapter 1. So, let’s begin.

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Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Topic: How, When, and Where

Time Duration: 5-6 periods

General Objective:

The general objective of teaching history to Class 7 students is to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the past
  2. Foster critical thinking:
  3. Develop research and communication skills:
  4. Develop a sense of identity and citizenship

Specific Objective:

The specific objectives of teaching the chapter “How,  When and Where, ” in Class 8 History are:

  1. Introduce students to the concept of historical change
  2. Familiarize students with the major historical events and development of the period.
  3. To introduce the changing nomenclature of the sub-continent and regions.
  4. Delineate major developments within the time frame.
  5. Suggest how the sources of study for this period are different from those of earlier periods.

Checking Previous Knowledge:

The teacher asks a few questions before starting the chapter “How, Where, and When” in Class 8 History.

A few questions that can be asked to check the previous knowledge of students are:

  1. Do you see changes in your school in the last five years?
  2. How do we trace changes?
  3. What sources are used by historians to trace the changes?
  4. Do you think these changes are essential?
  5. What are some of the historical artifacts that you have learned about, and how are they helpful in understanding the past?
  6. What was the Paleolithic age?
  7. Have you heard about the Neolithic age?
  8. What were the major developments during the Harrapan civilization?

These questions can help teachers assess the student’s prior knowledge.

It will also help the teacher to identify any gaps that need to be addressed before starting the new chapter.

Moreover, it can also help to activate their prior knowledge and mentally prepare them for the new content.

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Introducing Topic:

The teacher introduces the topic by defining history and explaining why it is important to study.

Ask students “Do you think that the dates are important”?

Will it be easier to understand the chapter if it is divided into small parts?

If the answer to these questions is Yes, then let’s understand Chapter 1 “How, when, and Where”.

Teaching Aids:

Here are some teaching aids that can be used to teach the chapter “How, When, and where” in Class 8 History:

  1. Maps and charts
  2. Pictures and illustrations
  3. Videos and animations
  4. Primary sources (such as letters, diaries, and photographs)
  5. Interactive activities
  6. Worksheets and handouts

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Teaching Points:

Here are some key teaching points from the chapter “How, When, and where” in Class 8 History

  • Importance of dates in History.
  • Periodization in History
  • Classification of Primary and Secondary source material.

Teaching Methodology

The teacher while teaching chapter 1 “How, When, and where”  will use different methods of teaching.

Through these teaching methods, the teacher will introduce students to important dates and important topics.

These topics will help them understand the underlying principles of a subject.

Here are some teaching methodologies that teachers can use to teach these concepts:

Interactive lectures

The teacher interacts with the students by asking for their date of birth.

Why do you think the date of admission to your school is important?

Do you celebrate your birthday or your parent’s marriage anniversary?

Now, do you think that in a year a few dates are important for every one of us?

Group discussions

The teacher engages the class in a group discussion by giving the following topics.

  1. “Periodic division by James Mill” Good or Bad.
  2. What evidence do you have to prove that things change with time?
  3.  “Surveys were important for effective administration”. Agree or disagree.

Inquiry-based learning

The teacher will also use Inquiry-based methodology to teach the concepts of “How, When, and where”.

During inquiry-based learning, the teacher will ask the students to explore the topic on their own.

This will help students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and also improve their problem-solving skills.

Project-based learning

Through project-based learning, children will understand

How did it happen?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Activities Planned

Here are some activities that can be conducted to teach the concepts of “How, when, and where”.

To begin with, the teacher asks the students to bring three photographs of their

i) Grandparents ii) Parents and iii) self.

Now the teacher asks the students to compare the dress, coins, food, occupation, means of transport, etc.

Moreover, by comparing the three generations, children will get an idea about periodization.

The teacher asks the students to paste the same in their notebooks.

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Here are ten assessment questions based on Class 7 History Chapter 1  “How, when, and where”.

  • Who was the last viceroy of India?
  • Who prepared the first map and when?
  • On what basis James Mill divided Indian History?
  • Name the first Governor General of India.
  • Who wrote the book “History of British India”?
  • Why do you think surveys were conducted in the village?
  • Why do we associate History with dates?
  • What does the official record not tell us?
  • How did the Britishers preserve the official documents?
  • What is the importance of conducting the survey?

Assessment Criteria:

Assessment criteria used by a teacher in class can vary depending on the goals and objectives of the lesson or course.

The teacher will assess the performance of the students under the following criteria.

  1. Knowledge and Understanding (2 marks)
  2. Application and Analysis (2 marks)
  3. Communication and Expression (2 marks)
  4. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving (2 marks)
  5. Creativity and Innovation. (2 marks)

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Class Work:

  1. The teacher frames multiple Objective questions for example filling in the blanks, answering in one word, MCQ, etc.

Students will be asked to find out the answers from the book within 30 minutes.

2.  The teacher also prepares a few Long answer-type questions.

To help the students in writing the answers, the teacher provides keywords for each question to be used in their answers.


  1. Read the topics taught in the class.
  2. Find out why periodization on the basis of religion was not acceptable to many Historians.

Art Integration:

One Art Integration from Class VIII History Chapter 1 “How, when, and where” could be:

Art form: Drawing or Painting

Objective: To help students understand the Harappan civilization and its achievements

Topic: (anyone)

  1. Draw any three things which remind you of ancient history.

2. Draw any three things which remind you of medieval history. (use your imagination)

Draw any three things which remind you of modern history.


  1. Ask the students to create a drawing or painting that depicts the 8th to 18th century
  2. Encourage them to include elements such as buildings, artifacts, and other features that are associated with the 8th to 18th century
  3. Ask the students to label their artwork with the names of the different elements they have included in their drawing or painting.
  4. Once the students have completed their artwork, have them share it with the class and explain their thought processes and choices.
  5. As a follow-up activity, you can ask the students to write a short paragraph explaining what they have learned from their drawing or painting.

Through this art integration activity, the students can develop their creativity, imagination, and artistic skills while also gaining a deeper

understanding of the History Chapter 1 “How, when, and where”.

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Values Imparted:

After teaching History Chapter 1 “How, when, and where”: here are three values that could be imparted to students:

Develops a better understanding of the world.

Respects diversity and develop an understanding of Historical events.

Accepts change in a positive way.

Learning Outcome:

After reading this chapter, the child will be able to

  • explain the key historical concepts
  • differentiate between the two cultures.
  • understand the scientific changes which took place during the 8th to 18th centuries.
  • apply research skill

Lesson Plan Of Class 8 History Chapter 1 How, When, and Where


Remedial Measures:

  1. Clarify misunderstandings
  2. Provide additional resources
  3. Conduct group discussions
  4. Provide individual support
  5. Pair and Share.

Children who missed the class or could not understand any particular topic will pair with another student to understand the concept.


I hope that this Lesson Plan For Class 8 History Chapter 1 “How, when, and where” will help you in your class.

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easily be conducted in the class. All activities are very practical.

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