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China in the 20th century

Mac's History
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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50 pages
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This dynamic presentation on China provides visuals, video links, guided notes, and reflection questions to keep your students engaged for the entire lesson. Your students will understand the story of China in the 20th century.

For most of its history China has been one of the most powerful civilizations on this planet. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century China has risen to take its place on the world stage once again. This presentation examines the following topics:

♦ Geography of China

♦ Brief summary of Chinese history

♦ Western Imperialism

♦ Boxer Rebellion

♦ Republic of China & Sun Yat-sen

♦ Chiang Kai-shek and his anti-communist purges

♦ Mao Zedong and the Long March

♦ Chinese Civil War

♦ China in WWII

♦ Communist Victory

♦ Tibet

♦ Sino-Soviet split

♦ The Great Leap Forward

♦ The Cultural Revolution

♦ Deng Xiaping and his reforms

♦ Tiananmen Square

♦ Hong Kong

♦ China's challenges in the 21st century

Two versions of this lesson!

The first is a PowerPoint for those teachers who know the topic and want to guide their students through the material. This class takes approximately two 60-minutes periods. There are five links to Youtube in the presentation. The videos total ~15 minutes. Youtube links are checked weekly and updated when necessary. There are handouts for note taking along with reflection questions included with this presentation.

The second version consists of the information and images on worksheets that the students can read through at their own pace. This is best done if laptops or tablets are available for the class or for online learning. This version comes with more indepth questions that the students can work through at their own pace.

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Total Pages
50 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.


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