The Tao Te Ching is the founding text of Taoism said to be written by Lao-tse as he was leaving China. In a Common Core approach the students will read a portion the primary source closely, think as historians, and write a concise commentary on its importance. The Tao Te Ching consists of 81 short chapters that are subject to many interpretations, philosophical, religious, and political. This text was originally developed during the Warring States period so this project will look at its political uses in teaching a king how to be an effective leader. The students will read one short chapter and write a concise political commentary on a verse they will select. Tao means way and road, and yellow is the color of leadership in Taoism; Yellow Emperor being the ideal leader. The characters for Tao Te Ching and the numbers to be used on the project are included below. Examples included.