To study the history and development of China during the Shang, Chou, Ch'in, and Han dynasties.
1 class period
The class is divided into two teams and will play three games. To begin, each team has 5-10 minutes to read a section entitled Geography of Ancient China, which includes 16 statements and a map. Each of the 16 statements contains an underlined word.
Game 1 begins with all members of Team 1 turning their papers face down. Someone from Team 2 will then raise their hand and, when called upon, read aloud any statement or map name. The underlined answer will not be read, but instead replaced with the word “blank.” Team 1 has two chances to give the right answer. A correct response on the first try earns 10 points, and on the second try 5 points. If a person from Team 1 thinks they know the right answer, they will raise their hand and wait to be called on. The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team. Team members cannot talk over possible answers.
When Team 1 is finished with its turn, Team 2 places its papers face down. Team 1 can now read a statement or map name, omitting the underlined word.
After both teams have taken their turn, everyone will lay their papers face down. The teacher will now read a statement or give a map name, leaving a “blank.” The first person on either team to raise their hand will be called on. A correct answer is worth 10 points. When a wrong answer is given, the other team has one chance to give the right answer.
Game 2 and Game 3 are played in the same way.
• Game 1: Geography of Ancient China
• Game 2: Shang Dynasty and Chou Dynasty
• Game 3: Ch’in Dynasty and Han Dynasty
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.