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Title: Ancient China

Ancient China
  • Eric Rothwell
  • Craig Waskiewicz

Table of Contents
  • Ancient China in all aspects
  • History
  • People in Societies
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science, Technology, and Society

History Websites
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Ancient Chinas History
  • Using a map, students will label and draw when
    and where different dynasties lived.
  • Students will create a timeline that will show
    the different time periods china was occupied by
    different dynasties.
  • Students will recreate ancient dynasties symbols
    and label what the symbols mean.

Ancient Chinas History continued
  • Students will watch the National Geographic video
    Ancient China and take notes on how China was
  • Class discussion using world map over what was
    going on in the rest of the world as well as in
    ancient china.

People in Societies Websites
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People in Societies Activities
  • Students will be put in groups to research an
    important figure or important topic (i.e.
    Confucius, Daoismetc.) of Ancient china. They
    will then be required to present their findings
    to the class.
  • Students will write a one page paper on what
    their life would be like if they lived in ancient
    China during a whichever dynasty they choose.
  • Through class discussion the teacher will
    separate the class as if it was ancient china.
    Students will come to grasp what it meant to be
    an aristocrat, a farmer, a women, a priest, or an

People in Societies Activities continued
  • Students will play the trivia game of jeopardy to
    review important people and culture in ancient
  • In Groups students will research inventions from
    ancient China, and then describe how those
    inventions are still used today.

Geography Websites
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Geography Activities
  • Students will follow along in activity with the
    teacher, where they will fill in their map of
    ancient China. Students use symbols and a legend
    to cover topics of ancient China.
  • The teacher will group students to play a game.
    In this game, they will be given an index card
    with a city, mountain range, bay, country, or
    ocean. The student will then have to correctly
    place the index card on the map. The teacher
    will keep score and help with discussion.

Geography Activities
  • Students will fill out an activity sheet where
    they describe each geographical vocabulary word
    and they will then draw picture of it. For
    example the student will define plateau and draw
    what a plateau looks like.

Geography Activities continued
  • Given a geographical map of Asia with all the
    rivers and mountains marked, students will draw
    trade routes such as the Silk Road. Students
    will use their textbook as well as the internet.
  • Through class discussion the teacher will explain
    why trade routes expand culture and why mountains
    and seas can inhibit trade. The teacher should
    also explain why rivers help trade go much faster.

Economics Websites
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Economics Activities
  • The teacher will give each student something of
    value in todays culture (i.e. clothes, watch,
    moneyetc.). The students will then be told that
    each of those nice things represent something
    from ancient China that held value. Students can
    come to see what drove ancient Chinas economy.

Economics Activities continued
  • By using the maps the students created in a
    geography lesson the teacher will discuss how and
    how trade was affected. Students should come to
    grasp how economics can be dependent on
  • The teacher will again divide up the class into
    the classes of ancient times such as the
    aristocrats, the farmers, and the nobles. The
    teacher should talk about who had the most money
    and who did most of the work.

Economics Activities continued
  • The teacher will bring in a piece of bronze for
    every student to see and hold. The teacher will
    then discuss how and why bronze was made.
  • The teacher will bring a piece of silk clothing
    and pass it around to the class. Through
    discussion students will understand that this was
    an expensive product because the Europeans wanted
    it, which in return gave money to china.

Government Websites
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  • http//www.wsu.edu8080/dee/CHPHIL/CONF.HTM

Government Activities
  • Divide the class into groups and assign a
    different dynasty to each group. Each group will
    share its findings with the class.
  • Have the students compare and contrast how
    varying dynasties came to power and came to an

Government Activities (cont.)
  • Have each student write a one page response
    illustrating how Ancient Chinese Emperors compare
    and contrast to modern day governments (e.g. how
    do emperors compare to presidents, dictators, or
  • Have the students research how Ancient China
    affected other cultures in the Eastern
  • Have each student write a 1 page response
    indicating the role that Confucius teachings
    played in the governmental systems.

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Websites
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities
  • When discussing the Ancient Chinese class system,
    hand each student a card assigning them to be a
    member of the class system. Each student must
    research his/her character and that characters
    role in society. The students will dress as
    their character and present their findings to the
  • Have the students research the role of women in
    Ancient Chinese history and compare it to the
    role of women in China today.

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Activities (cont.)
  • The students must analyze the reasons that
    Chinese boys were valued more than Chinese girls.
  • Have the students debate about how Confucius
    impacted the everyday lives of Ancient Chinese
  • Have the students compare Taoism in China to
    Buddhism in India.

Science, Technology, and Society Websites
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Science, Technology, and Society Activities
  • Have students replace their calculators with
    abacuses so that the students can see the tools
    ancient societies used with mathematics.
  • Have the students analyze the impact of gunpowder
    on Ancient China and the rest of the world at
    that time.

Science, Technology, and Society Activities
  • Have the students debate about which Ancient
    Chinese invention/creation had the biggest
    influence on Ancient China and/or the rest of the
    world at that time.
  • Have the students discuss the way that silk is
    produced and research the Silk Road.
  • Have the students take a virtual tour of the
    Great Wall of China.
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