Ch 23: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Early China

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Effectively prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam by working through this engaging chapter. It covers history topics that you will find on the exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Early China - Chapter Summary

If you go through each lesson in this chapter, you can review and possibly learn new material about the early history of China. The following topics will also be addressed:

  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties
  • The Xia Dynasty
  • Han Dynasty in China
  • The Silk Road
  • Ming Dynasty achievements
  • European imperialism
  • The Chinese Revolution

In order to know what topics are going to be covered on the exam, you can utilize the material in these lessons. Our quizzes and the end-of-chapter exam let you assess your knowledge of the impacts of different Chinese dynasties. If you have questions, our expert instructors are glad to help.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Early China Chapter Objectives

Massachusetts uses the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam to assess the knowledge of candidates seeking teaching licenses in that subject. The topics you will come across in this chapter are part of the subarea 3 (History) section of the exam, which makes up 25% of the entire test. The questions on this exam are multiple-choice, and you will need to recollect all of the China history material that you acquired in this chapter to answer them correctly.

10 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Early China
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China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

1. China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

According to many who study China, the Xia Dynasty is just a dream of earlier Chinese rulers. For others, it is the link between the farming settlements of the Huang He civilization and Chinese history.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

6. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

7. Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

In this lesson, you will explore the art and technology of the Ming dynasty as Chinese artists and engineers rediscovered their Chinese identity. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

8. European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will examine European imperialism in China. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the 'Open Door' Policy.

The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

9. The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

This lesson will focus on the decline of Confucianism within the Republic of China. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of Jen and filial piety. It will also explore the role of and the influence of the Three Principles of the People.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

10. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

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