Boxer Rebellion Primary Source Analysis Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This engaging, complete lesson plan has your students analyzing the Boxer Rebellion through primary sources, a video, and reading activity!

It's a perfect resource for your Imperialism unit and provides a thorough overview of the Boxer Rebellion in China through a variety of activities.

The download includes:

• A detailed directions page with steps on how to use the lesson
• A warm up question
• Secondary source reading on who the Boxers were
• Primary source song about the Boxers
• 8 primary source cartoons related to the Open Door Policy & Boxer Rebellion
• A worksheet for students to use with the cartoons
• Video links and a concluding activity

The lesson can be easily differentiated with groups, as a station activity, or done online! An answer key for the chart is also included for your convenience.

This download also includes a Google Drive digital version of the activity! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring a digital version of this resource into Google Classroom!

The digital version includes links to online versions of the primary source images along with background information.

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


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