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Ch 31: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient China

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In these video lessons, you'll review the history of early Chinese civilizations, ancient Chinese dynasties, and the teachings of Confucianism and Taoism. Use this chapter to prepare for related questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient China - Chapter Summary

These video lessons have been assembled into this chapter on ancient China to help teacher candidates, like yourself, prepare for world history questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. Refresh your knowledge of ancient Chinese history and culture, from early civilizations to the Silk Roads connecting China to the the trade goods, technology, and religious ideas on the other side of the Eurasian continent.

Completing this chapter allows you to attain these objectives:

  • Explain what we know about the earliest Chinese civilizations in the Huang-He River Valley
  • Know what the Mandate of Heaven meant for rulers
  • Describe the origins and spread of Confucianism, as well as political reforms during the time of Confucius
  • Differentiate between the teachings of Confucianism and Taoism
  • Discuss the construction of the Great Wall and the unification of Northern China
  • Narrate the relationship between the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire via the Silk Roads

Each lesson video is accompanied by a transcripts and quiz. The transcripts are written overviews of the lessons that can help you fortify your understanding of the lessons and study the key terms and figures of the chapter. The quizzes are short assessments that help you identify topics you don't understand. For questions you get wrong, use the provided video tags to return to and review the parts of the lessons that explained the topics you missed.

6 Lessons in Chapter 31: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient China
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The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

1. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism

2. The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism

Confucianism and Taoism were the guiding philosophies for many Chinese people for hundreds of years. But, how can two philosophies both work when they are often reaching different conclusions? This lesson explains how.

Political & Cultural Issues in Confucius' Time

3. Political & Cultural Issues in Confucius' Time

Despite the best efforts of the Zhou, China soon had too many unemployed people for its own good and society became chaotic. Learn how Confucius helped pull China out of 400 years of strife in this lesson.

Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty

4. Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty

After several hundred years of strife and chaos, one man from the Qin state was able to unify China. This lesson details the life of Shi Huang Di, as well as the downfall of his Qin dynasty.

The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

5. 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.

Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley

6. Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley

Although Chinese civilization developed along rivers much like cultures in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the idea of royal power took a completely different direction. Learn how the Mandate of Heaven ruled all in Ancient China.

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