Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
6
Tags:
  • GEDB
  • Global Education
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    GEDB Ancient China: Ancient China Philosophies (Lesson 2 of 3)

    GEDB Ancient China: Ancient China Philosophies (Lesson 2 of 3)

    Overview

    Students will learn about 3 major philosophies that impacted the government and culture of Ancient China. This lesson was developed by Michael Jackson as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.            

    Lesson Plan

    Description

    Students will learn about 3 major philosophies that impacted the government and culture of Ancient China.


    Content

    Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

    Use historical thinking to understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations, societies, and regions over time.

    Understand the political, economic, and/or social significance of historical events, issues, individuals, and cultural groups.

    Understand the development of government in various civilizations, societies, and regions.


    Learning Tasks and Practice

    We have learned the history of Buddhism when studying the Indus Valley Civilizations and will be learning this religion also effect Ancient China.

    Today we will be investigating concepts of 3 major influences on Ancient Chinese government and culture. Some of these philosophies (Buddhism, Daoism, & Legalism) have religious traits, but we will be examining their influences in other areas of society.

    Students will be divided into 3 groups and assigned 1 of the major philosophies to research.  Students will travel to different stations to read, discuss, and respond to questions concerning aspects of their given topic.

    Students will travel in small groups to different stations to view images and read overviews of their assigned Ancient Chinese philosophy.


    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

    Small expert groups from each philosophy will be put together to teach and explain the other topics to other students in the class. The teacher will allow a few minutes to clarify questions and let students voice comments about what they have learned and shared with each other.