Ancient China and the Peasant Emperor

In this lesson plan, students look at a key moment in the formation of the Chinese state and the Han identity. It highlights Chinese art, language, and ethnography. This ties into the state standards regarding Asian feudalism and contemporary issues of political evolution and revolution. To begin, the lesson contextualizes the content in terms of the different world revolutions, including the American Revolutionary War. Students consider the potential outcomes of revolutionary activity, and what counts as a revolution. Students then learn some of the basics of pinyin spelling before applying that knowledge when reading through the DBQ packet. After answering questions about the documents, the class engages in a discussion of the various legacies of the Qin and Han dynasties.

Instructional Strategies:

  • Silent Debate
  • Data-Based Question

Lesson Materials:

Teaching Area
Ancient History
World History to 1500
Grade Level
Downloadable Files
Liu Bang Lesson Plan.pdf
Liu Bang Sources.pdf
Liu Bang DBQ Questions.pdf
Liu Bang Extension Activity.pdf
Liu Bang Presentation.ppt