Ch 6: Early Chinese Civilization High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Early Chinese Civilization chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the origins of Chinese society 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 Early Chinese Civilization 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
Monday Shang and Zhou Dynasties
Social class in early China
Life in ancient China, including family patriarchy and bureaucracies;
Levels of social class, including aristocrats, farmers, craftsmen and merchants
Tuesday Confucianism
Jen, Li and the five relationships of Confucianism
Biography of Confucius and influence of his teachings on Chinese society;
Important concepts in Confucianism
WednesdayThe Qin DynastyCharacteristics of the Qin Dynasty including the building of the Great Wall
ThursdayThe Han DynastyCharacteristics, Wu Ti, Xiongnu
FridayThe Silk RoadsDevelopment of foreign trade

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Early Chinese Civilization High School World History Lesson Plans
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Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant

1. 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.

Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching

2. 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.

Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism

3. 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.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

4. 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

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.

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

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.

The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

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.

What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

8. What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the famous Silk Roads that connected civilizations as far apart as Persia, Greece, and China. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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