This project directs groups of students to participate in a debate over which ancient Chinese dynasty was the most influential. It's a great project to use if you need to cover a thematic look at the dynasties of ancient China over the course of 1-2 days, while keeping the kids invested and engaged with the topic.
My students took a full two and a half class periods to prepare, debate, and discuss afterwards. They remained engaged throughout because, for them, it's much more fun to research a dynasty when they have to defend it against their classmates!
Included in this project is a printable packet (with debate instructions and a research planning sheet for each role) and a printable note-taking page, with specific note boxes for students to fill out during the course of the actual debate.
This project is designed for high school students, takes about 120 minutes total to complete, and is a crowd winner for both students and administrators alike!