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Ancient China and the Peasant Emperor

Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Thomas Nitz
Legacies of the Qin and Han Dynasties
Teaching Area: 
World History
Grade Level: 
Teaching Level: 
Middle Childhood
Origins Item(s): 

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:

Key Words: 
China, Revolution, Han Dynasty