The Golden Age of China will have new meaning after learning the lessons presented in this ToolBook. And you'll learn that when someone says "Confucius says" that it's worth listening! The topics covered in this book are: The spread of Buddhism; the Golden Age of China; the impact of Confucianism; overland trade and maritime expeditions; Chinese inventions and their impact on Europe; the rise of the imperial state and the scholar-official class.
The lessons in "The Middle Ages—China" are rich and complex, but so enthralling that students can't help but be engaged. The topics covered are:
TANG dynasty—Reunification of China. Chinese Empire reached its greatest size: From the Pacific to Persia, including Korea and Central Asia. Buddhism spread to China along the Silk Road. It then spread to Korea and Japan. Zen Buddhism, a distinctly Chinese religion. Korea and Japan adopted many aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
SUNG dynasty - Neo-Confucianism became the official government philosophy. It was a blend of Confucius' moral standards and the religion of Buddhism. Neo-Confucianism was a set of rigid rules. Foot-binding.
INVENTIONS & INNOVATIONS: Tea, the manufacture of paper, woodblock printing, the magnetic compass, gunpowder, and new farming techniques. The impact of each on world history.
THE IMPERIAL STATE: Revival of Confucianism: Respect for authority and tradition. China's vast empire required able, efficient government. The Merit System: Government officials were chosen by ability, not birth. The Civil Service Exam: To become a government official, you had to study Confucianism and score high on the exam. Any man, rich or poor, could take the exam. Education became all-important. A Major Social Shift: The Scholar-Official Class became the ruling class.
MONGOL rule —Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan. Foreigners occupy China for 89 years. The Mongol Empire stretched from China to Russia. Kublai Khan established the Yuan dynasty and adopted Chinese culture. His biggest problem: How to rule China. Marco Polo introduced Europe to the wonders of China. Continued sea trade with Southeast Asia. Kublai Khan lost face when he failed to conquer Japan. Kamikaze winds. Mongols were regarded as foreigners and were eventually overthrown by rebellions.
MING Dynasty—Spanned the same time as the Renaissance in Europe. The Ming sponsored overseas maritime expeditions, from 1405 to 1433. China was the world's No. 1 sea power. Admiral Zheng and the Imperial Fleet sailed to Southeast Asia, India, Persia, Arabia, and East Africa. Why was The Forbidden City forbidden?Table of Contents
|#1 Graphic Organizer||How are you connected to the Empire of China?|
|1. MEDIEVAL CHINA|
|#2 Timeline||w/ lecture Medieval China|
|#3 Timeline||w/ lecture The Golden Ages|
|#4 Internet||Homework: Welcome to China|
|#5 Game||The Golden Ages and The Bell Game|
|#6 Mapping||The Grand Canal...unified China|
|#7 Mapping||The Silk Road|
|#8 Lecture||w/ mapping Trade along the Silk Road|
|#9 Student project||The Great Mapmaster!|
|2. CHINESE INVENTIONS AND THEIR GREAT IMPACT ON EUROPE|
|#10 Internet||Homework: Chinese Inventions|
|#11 Game||Inventions & Innovations and The Bell Game|
|#12 Internet||Chinese Inventions|
|#13 Chart||The impact of Chinese inventions on Europe|
|#14 Group Analysis||The impact of Chinese inventions on Europe|
|3. CONFUCIANISM, TAOISM, BUDDHISM|
|#15 Mapping||w/ internet The Spread of Buddhism|
|#16 Mapping||w/ internet Trace the spread of Buddhism|
|#17 Internet||Buddhism becomes “Chinese”|
|#18 Internet||The Three Doctrines: Art|
|#19 Internet||The Three Doctrines: Folktales|
|#20 Graphic Organizer||w/ game The Three Doctrines|
|#21 Group Analysis||Three Cinderellas|
|#22 Group Analysis||What if your school were run by Confucius?|
|#23 Internet||Philosophers: Name that guy!|
|#25 Lecture||w/ quotations Meritocracy: The scholar-official class|
|#26 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group|
|#27 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group|
|#28 Game||The Great Race|
|4. THE MONGOLS|
|#29 Lecture||w/ timeline The Mongols|
|#30 Internet||The Mongol Invasion of China|
|#31 Internet||Homework: Kublai Khan|
|#32 Internet||Marco Polo|
|#33 Speeches||Great Speaches|
|#35 Writing Activity||Expressive Essay: I am Kublai Khan|
|#36 Writing Activity||Narrative Essay: I am Kublai Khan|
|#37 Writing Activity||Informative Essay: I am Kublai Khan|
|#38 Writing Activity||Persuasive Essay: I am Kublai Khan|
|#39 Student project||Translate places with Chinese names & It’s time to learn Chinese!|
|#40 Game||Simon Sez|
|#41 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group|
|5. THE MING DYNASTY|
|#42 Timeline||The Ming Dynasty|
|#43 Lecture||The Ming Dynasty|
|#44 Internet||The Ming: Maritime Expeditions|
|#45 Internet||Before Columbus|
|#46 Graphic Organizer||Movement into and out of China|
|#47 Lecture||The Forbidden City|
|#48 Internet||Homework: The Forbidden City|
|#49 Lecture||w/ film “The Last Emperor”|
|#50 Graphic Organizer||The Forbidden City|
|#51 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group|
|#52 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group|
|#53 Internet||w/ mapping Map Tests|
|#54 Game||The Four Dynasties w/ the Bell Game|
|#55 Game||The ABCs of Medieval China|
|#56 Game||Can you speak Mandarin?|
|#57 Student project||The Five Senses|
|#58 Group Analysis||Screaming Headlines|
|#59 Game||Honk if you hate history!|
|#60 Game||Stump the Teacher!|
|#61 Game||The Last Man Standing...|
|Test 338 questions|
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