This complete lesson on four significant ancient Chinese dynasties teaches about the rise, height, and fall of the Qin and Han Dynasties, as well as the later Sui and Tang Dynasties. It contains an engaging and attractive PowerPoint, which corresponds with a student packet. Specific historical details are taught as well as larger picture historical comparisons between the two dynasty pairings. Students love the challenge of immersing themselves in high-level work in a structured and accessible way. This lesson will take one or two classes, depending on the length of your teaching period.
Students begin with a Do Now activity, then complete a review activity over the concept of the Mandate of Heaven. A fill-in-the-blank chart activity on the Qin and Han dynasties can be used as quick review or as an original teaching opportunity. Students then complete two readings over the Sui and Tang dynasties, using the information to chart details in a graphic organizer on the rise, height, and fall of both these dynasties. Students then read two primary source excerpts from the Tang Dynasty, and analyze these excerpts to determine why the Tang Dynasty was successful and also why it ultimately fell. The lesson ends with a summary writing activity in which students compare and contrast the Qin and Han dynasties with the Sui and Tang dynasties. They will develop an understanding of common themes and why historians frequently compare these two dynasty pairings to each other.
A complete teacher guide and answer key is included. See the preview for this and more excerpts.
This lesson covers all the key points students must know about this subject for state assessments, and is completely Common Core aligned.
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