9. Coming to an End: Why did the Shang Dynasty fall in 1046 BC?
Pupils will discover the story of the last Shang king, King Zhou, and they will find out why his behaviour lead to the fall of the Shang Dynasty. Pupils place themselves in the shoes of the Shang fighters at the Battle of Muye and they will take part in a debate about whether or not they should defect to the opposing army. Pupils will then have the opportunity to learn about the Dynastic Cycle and the concept of the Mandate of Heaven.
The PDF file contains the full lesson plan and three activity sheets including the story of the Battle of Muye.
For upper KS2/Grades 3-5
From the Shang Dynasty Resource Pack available at ks2history.com