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The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Lesson Plan on China
Seventh graders read and discuss the basic beliefs of Confucianism through words of Confucius himself, then find examples of how some Confucian beliefs are still at the center of society, while other beliefs have changed.
Great Wall of China
Students investigate the construction of the Great Wall of China. In this Chinese history instructional activity, students research print and Internet sources about the contributions of the Qin, Han, Tang, and Ming Dynasties. Students use their findings to create a television news magazine story on the history of the Great Wall and those who built it.
Confucius and Confucianism
Students explore Confucius and his influence on the development o China. They contrast and compare Confucianism to Western philosophy. Classmates observe a video of the biography of Confucius. They video conference with students in Taiwan or China.
New! Lesson Plan for Japan
The effect of cultural beliefs on the progress and industrialization of a society is an interesting idea to consider, and this is certainly true in this lesson on feudal Japan. Your young historians will read informational texts on samurai and their use of Bushido, and then discuss how perhaps these beliefs and those of China may have contributed to one country's superior advancements and industrialization.
Second graders explore the geography, holidays, important teachers, and inventions from China in the nine lessons of this unit. The results of their inquiries are expressed through a variety of products, writings, and presentations.
Imperial China: Qin to Ming Dynasties
Looking for a way to supplement a unit on ancient China or world cultures? Look no further than this presentation, which combines rich information with entertaining pictures of Chinese artifacts. China's glorious dynasties provide a vivid background to the country's hardships, including war with Genghis Khan and imposed social customs (foot-binding is featured with gruesome reality). These slides would couple well with a long-term unit on China, or in pieces during a few class sessions.
Modern Marco Polos: Searching for China
Students conduct Internet research to determine information about China's laws, government, philosophy, architecture, inventions, calendar and language. Students create a web site about ancient China and how it has influenced world history.
The Legacies of Africa and China
Seventh graders analyze the contributions of early civilizations in Africa and China. In this world history lesson, 7th graders research Internet and print sources regarding scientific and cultural attributes of Africa and China. Students present their research findings using presentation tools of their choosing.
Lesson 2: China Quest
Students study China. In this geography lesson, students study a map of China and read facts about China from an included worksheet. Students discuss the geographical features of China and identify them on a map.
Ancient and Medieval China
This is a thorough instructional activity on Chinese history that includes readings from primary and secondary sources, guided reading questions, videos, and a take-home final assessment. While it indicates an audience from 9th through 12th grade, it may be more suited to advanced sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A very nicely constructed instructional activity, but it may no spark student interest due to the limited instructional strategies.
"Trains meeting in the night" Activity: 4-1 -- China Reunites
A simple exercise in close reading of informational text that may be useful in a variety of classes including social studies, religion, and ELD. It includes 12 short passages about Chinese history, with a question immediately following each reading. The handout includes the answers and a couple of minor typos, so be sure to make corrections before distributing it.
Intro to China
Understanding the global interconnection between people of other nations is extremely important in our ever-shrinking world. Emergent global thinkers examine the significance of Chinese culture, religion, and political power. They then disucss stereotypes and myths commonly assosiated with how Chinese people and culture are portrayed in Western media.
Learners explore the geography, culture and history of China. As a class, they discuss historical contributions to China, Confucius, and geographic features of the country. Pupils use the internet to answer questions about China.
Students journey back in time to early China. In this Chinese history lesson, students explore China's geography; read about the Shang, Zhou, and Han Dynasties; compare Confucianism and Daoism. Students create PowerPoint presentations that summarize the lesson.
Students investigate the person of Confucius and his impact upon the Chinese culture. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use the outline provided in the lesson to participate in class discussion. Key ideas are reviewed with the teacher.
Confucius Changes China
Middle schoolers analyze Confucianism and its effect on conflicts in China. They realize the usefulness of Confucius' teachings and create an original cartoon using Confucius' teachings to illustrate conflict resolution in modern times.
The Four Books of Confucius and Legalism
Students read facts about Confucius and Legalism in China and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 short answer questions.
In this geography worksheet, learners read about China's history and culture. Students take notes and answer 5 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Confucianism: A Cornerstone
Studetns comprehend that confucianism is an important underlying philosophy permeating East Asian cultures. They also explore who Confucius was and what he taught, which helps them gain insight into East Asian cultures. Students comprehend that his teachings greatly influenced East Asia.