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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an early Chinese civilization unit of a standard high school world history course. Topics covered include:
- Shang and Zhou Dynasties
- Social classes in early China
- Views, philosophy, and teachings of Confucianism
- Jen, Li, and the Five Key Relationships of Confucianism
- The Great Wall and legalism during the Qin Dynasty
- Characteristics of the Han Dynasty
- Silk Roads during the Roman Empire and Han Dynasty
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.
2. Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant
In this lesson we'll explore the various social classes of the ancient Chinese world which existed in an extremely rigid class structure inspired by the teachings of Confucius.
3. Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching
In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of the ancient Chinese thinker, Confucius, as well as discovering the various ways his teachings were used to shape Chinese society after his death.
4. Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism
This lesson will focus on Confucianism's concepts of Jen and Li. In doing so, it will highlight how the religion is often seen as a code of conduct or an ethical system. It will also explain the Five Key Relationships of Confucianism.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire
The Silk Roads connected some of the most diverse cultures in history, as well as providing a link between the superpowers of 2,000 years ago. Learn more about the route that connected the Han Dynasty and Imperial Rome.
8. Chinese Mythological Creatures
Chinese mythology includes several fantastic mythological creatures. In this lesson, we'll examine the most important and see what they meant to Chinese society.
9. Chinese Legends & Myths
This lesson will introduce you to some of China's most popular legends and myths, including the creation story of the world, powerful deities, dragons, immortals and how souls are judged in the underworld.
10. Chinese Gods & Goddesses
China, possibly, has more gods than any other nation in the world. From those deities influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism or Taoism, to those present in traditional Chinese folk religion, a multitude of gods exist. This lesson examines some of the best known and most prominent of these gods.
11. Dragons in Chinese Mythology
Of all the creatures in Chinese mythology, none is as important as the dragon. In this lesson, we're going to talk about Chinese dragons and see what role they played in traditional Chinese cosmology.
12. The Phoenix in Chinese Mythology
The Fenghuang is a mythological bird in Chinese culture which represents the six celestial bodies. It is often called the Chinese Phoenix, but has only superficial similarities with the Phoenix of Greek mythology.
13. Chinese Mythological Heroes
China has a long history, which is full of heroes. But are they real? In this lesson, we'll talk about some of China's mythological heroes and see what they meant to Chinese civilization.
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