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Ancient China Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Ancient China Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for an Ancient China unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!

COMMON CORE ALIGNED! Aligned with Ancient China - Interactive Notebook

Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) Ancient China Civilization: Dynasties & History

-Contains overview of Ancient China's history and description of dynasties.

-Xia Dynasty - describes how little information was recorded during this time period

-Shang Dynasty -describes the Bronze Age and first recorded history

-Golden Age description during the Zhou Dynasty - philosophers and great thinkers such as Confucius, Laozi, and Mencius

-Qin Dynasty, describes political period and Legalism

Keywords: Legalism, Golden Age, Bronze Age, Huang River Valley, Dynasties

2.) The Bronze Age of Ancient China
-describes when it began and the types of materials used to create tools, weapons, decorative items, etc. that were created.
-description of spiritual beliefs and focus during this time – communicating with oracle bones / taotie masks to ward off evil spirits.
Keywords: bronze casting, oracle bones, taotie masks

3.) The Great Wall of China
-describes how it was designed to stop northern invaders (Mongols) from invading
-describes structure and length, facts
-describes how it was successful in keeping invaders out but many workers died while creating the wall
-compares to other past and present “walls” in society
Keywords: Great Wall, laborer, watch tower, beacon towers, and fortresses

4.) The Silk Road
-describes the routes and how traders used it
-Chinese merchants exported silk, spices, tea, and other goods
-describes the hazards that traders faced along the way (dangers of robbers, bad weather, illness, lack of water)
-How goods were transported (in caravans)
-The cultural impact that the Silk Road had to Ancient China (New religions were discovered: Buddhism movements ) New technologies and other useful information discussed and traded
Keywords: caravan, silk, Zhang Qian

5.) Ancient and Contemporary Philosophies: Confucianism and Daoism
Describes Confucius and his beliefs and values (education and self-improvement)
-reinforced The Mandate of Heaven belief
-Describes his book The Analects and some of his famous quotes
-Describes Daoism and the teachings of Laozi
-Famous sayings of Laozi from Tao Te Ching
-Compares and contrasts the two philosophies
Keywords: The Analects, The Mandate of Heaven, Daoism, Confucius, Confucianism

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).


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