Ch 5: Ancient China, Africa, India & America: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Ancient China, Africa, India and America chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about ancient Chinese, Indian and Mesoamerican culture in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Ancient China, Africa, India and America chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayAncient ChinaOverview of the Han, Qin, Shang and Zhou dynasties; Mandate of Heaven and the Great Wall of China
TuesdayAncient Andean and Mesoamerican CivilizationsDistinguishing characteristics of the Aztecs, Incas, Olmecs and other related peoples
WednesdayAncient West AfricaBantu migrations, the idea of a stateless society and the ancient city of Jenne-Jeno
ThursdayIndus Valley Civilization Birth of Hinduism, Harappa culture and invasion of the Aryans
FridayAncient IndiaOverview of the Gupta and Mauryan dynasties, Arabic numerals and the Rock and Pillar edicts

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Ancient China, Africa, India & America: AP World History Lesson Plans
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Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

1. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

2. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

3. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

4. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

5. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

6. Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

In this lesson, we will explore the Chavin and Inca civilizations of South America. We will study the rise and fall of these two cultures, as well as their major characteristics.

The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

7. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

8. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

9. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

10. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

11. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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