This bundle includes over 10 resources which could be used during a unit on China. Chinese dynasties, belief systems and inventions are emphasized.
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1)Buddhism 4 Noble Truths Handout
This is a common core approach to the beliefs of Buddhism. This lesson is designed to be used first as an introduction to Eastern Philosophy, specifically the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. Students go through a reading and then take sides as to whether they agree or disagree with this particular view of the world. This lesson is also geared to expand literacy, as student have an opportunity to define words unfamiliar to them.
2) Taoism: The Way
This is a common core approach for introducing the principles of Taoism. The lesson involves examining nature and how those observations can guide one's view of the world, as well as how one interacts with it. As a warm-up, I find it helpful to assign various opposites to all your students, like "war" and "peace". This helps them to understand concepts like balance and duality, as well as the significance of the yin-yang symbol. This lesson will have students analyze various primary sources, as well as identify key features in nature that reflect Taoist principles.
3)Confucianism Through Art:
This is a great common-core lesson where students analyze various examples of Chinese art within the context of Confucianism. You can download the handout through the "Preview" button.
First, students are shown the four images, one at a time. The first image shows a teacher instructing students, the second shows a child bowing in respect to family, the third depicts a classroom and the last one is of people helping others cross a river. With a neighbor, students address the same three questions from the PPT for each image as a brainstorm. Then, students receive their handout with a short reading that accompanies each image. Thought-provoking guiding questions are also posed and students are required to give written responses.
4) Chinese Religions PPT:
This visually appealing PPT highlights Confucianism and Taoism, as well as the arrival of Buddhism from India.
5) Dear Buddha, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Modern Advice from Eastern Philosophers
This is a student favorite lesson that assesses knowledge of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Students begin by reading through three "Dear Philosophers" advice column entries from fictional characters. They all have unique problems which modern teenagers can identify with and it is the job of the student to decide whether Confucius, Lao-Tzu or Buddha should respond to the entries with advice. Students then write from the perspective of their chosen philosopher, showcasing their understanding of that particular philosophy. The beauty of this assignment is there isn't a clear cut right answer. You can theoretically make an argument for any of the philosophers to respond if you have a good grasp of the belief systems, although some might fit better than others. This is can be used as a creative written test at the end of a unit on Ancient China or as just a fun activity after learning about Eastern philosophy. Also, this is a word file so it is editable. Enjoy!
6) Eight one page descriptions and pictures related to various Chinese inventions
7) Chinese Inventions student chart
8) Chinese Dynasties Powerpoint covering Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming
9) Ming Dynasty PPT
This engaging and informative PPT is an overview of the Ming Dynasty. Leaders, tributary system, trade, expeditions, and more are covered.
10) The Buddha Video Questions
11) Who Said That and What's They Mean?
Students guess which philosopher said which quote and analyze the meaning of each quote. Answer Key included.