In this complete lesson, students learn about the Qin dynasty, Shi Huangdi, and his use of legalism. They examine multiple primary sources and watch a video clip as they gather evidence to determine whether Shi Huangdi was justified in his tactics to unite and order early China. Students finish by plotting evidence in a graphic organizer and debating the lesson's essential question as a class and/or completing an evidence-based argumentative writing assignment. Answer key included!
Confucius A Common Core Writing,Literacy and Instagram Activity
This activity is student centered and Common Core! First, students read a one page history of the life of Confucius, his philosophy and its effect on Ancient China. After the reading, students complete a common core writing guide and analyze the text by providing evidence to support claims about his life and philosophy.
Ancient China Stations with Key Questions Graphic Organizer or Task Cards
All in one bundle! A Common Core-aligned comprehensive lesson that asks students to assess to what extent Justinian revived the old Roman empire or created a "new" Byzantine empire. Uses visuals, primary source analysis, class discussion, partner work, and independent analytical writing. Works well for AP and Regents classes. Includes a writing lesson on crafting thesis paragraphs, broken down step by step with example paragraphs aligned to the DBQ!
Early Chinese Dynasties: Shang, Zhou, and the Mandate of Heaven
In this complete lesson, students learn and take notes about the Shang and Zhou dynasties, examine an ancient Chinese primary source and answer questions to learn about the Mandate of Heaven, and finish by making connections about how early Chinese rulership reflected their values, comparing to government and value systems in the U.S. Includes a detailed lesson plan, corresponding PowerPoint, primary document excerpts with questions, and helpful visuals. Answer key included!
Atlantic Slave Trade: A Student Investigation into the Horrors! Middle Passage
This site covers the history of ancient civilizations for students in primary or secondary schools. Ancient history of the early four ancient civilizations: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, and Ancient India in basic and simple language.
Reading History & Social Studies Graphic Organizers 6-12