Student will brainstorm about the United States’ method of elections to transfer power before they explore the ancient Chinese system. They will then examine how ancient Chinese rulers gained and lost power before evaluating both the ancient Chinese and modern American system of government. At the very end of the lesson, depending on your class, you could integrate the current presidential election (or any recent election) as an item of comparison and discussion.
This lesson will connect one method ancient Chinese cultures used to move leaders in and out of power with how a culture such as the United States brings about regime change. It is important to recognize that with all the faults our current American system possesses, it is still superior to other forms of leaders gaining and losing power. This lesson will challenge students to identify just how positive and negative different methods of gaining and losing power can be.