Imperial China




China: Qin-Tang

A look at how China went from a chaotic, violent mess of divided states to an organized, unified nation (and then pretty much right back to division and chaos) with a focus on the philosophies that guided them - Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.


China: Tang-Ming

Once united China went on an inventing spree. They created some of history most important products but didn't much like to share. We'll see how it took conquest by the Mongols to open China up to the world.


China Activities


1. Digging for the Truth: The Tomb - an introduction to China that simulates an exploration of Shi Huang Di's incredible tomb.

2. China Walkthru - Simple introductory worksheet based on the graphics in the book.

3. Chinese Inventions Lab - Inquiry-based lab where students in collaborative groups examine pictures of Chinese inventions to try to determine what they were and how they functioned.

 4. HA: The 10 Abominations - A comparative reading of a set of rules that guided China to the Hebrew 10 Commandments.

 5. Quest for Knowledge: China - Reading-based worksheet modeled around the mostly defunct .

 6. Genghis Kahn Video - One of the few videos I show during the year. I sadly don't have time to go deep into the Mongols so a video here seemed appropriate.

 7. Law & Order: Cathay (Marco Polo Investigation) Lab - History Mystery lab examining whether Marco Polo ever truly visited China.

 8. Heaven's Report Cards - Collaborative analysis activity where students examine fact sheets about Chinese dynasties and give them grades in various subjects.