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Ancient Chinese History

In this 8 week course, learners will explore the foundations of ancient Chinese history.
Lisa Malick
40 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 6 learners
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Class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
9-11
year olds
3-9
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Week 1: Prehistory China and the Geography of China
Yangtze River, Yellow River, Himalaya Mountains, Gobi Desert, Taklamakan Desert
Week 2: Shang Dynasty
Characteristics of a Civilization: government, social structure, religion, writing, art, technology
Week 3: The Three Chinese Philosophies
Zhou Dynasty, Mandate of Heaven, feudalism, Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism  
Week 4: The First Emperor of China
Qin Shihuangdi, unification of China, Qin dynasty, Terracotta Warriors.  Discussion of Learner Thesis Questions (learner-developed) 
Week 5: The Han Dynasty  
Han warfare, government, agriculture, industry, art, medicine, and science. Silk, bureaucracy, calligraphy. 
Week 6: The Silk Road
trade routes, Silk Road, Zhang Qian, Taklamakan Desert, cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, goods along the Silk Road. 
Week 7: Prepare Learner Thesis- review options, present optional homework from previous classes. 
Week 8: Presentation of Learner Thesis 
Option 1: Was the "art" created by the prehistoric and Bronze Age peoples really art, or simply survival? 
Option 2: Which dynasty was the most successful? 
Option 3: How did the geography help China grow?  
Learners will select one option to present (through writing, PPT, or other choice) in class eight to demonstrate what they have learned. 
I have a degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and as a 6-12 grade public school teacher for over a decade, I have taught several world history and ancient history courses to students in grades 6-12.  The material in this 8-week course is based on content I developed for a comprehensive world history curriculum which is now used in public asynchronous virtual schools all over the United States. To make the content appropriate for younger learners, and to develop it for a specific course, I allowed the learners eight weeks to enjoy the content. I also created more interactive, hands-on experiences to allow younger learners to fully explore ancient Chinese art and culture. 
After class, students will have short assignments to help them process the material they have learned.  
During the 7th class, students will share their work from class 1-6 and prepare for a Learner's Thesis, a more formal assignment to present on the last day of class. 
Ancient China by Arthur Cotterell ISBN: 0789458667 ISBN13: 9780789458667
After class, students will have short assignments to help them process the material they have learned. 
In Week 8, learners will select one option to present what they have learned: 
Presentation of Learner Thesis 
Option 1: Was the "art" created by the prehistoric and Bronze Age peoples really art, or simply survival? 
Option 2: Which dynasty was the most successful? 
Option 3: How did the geography help China grow?  
Learners will select one option to present (through writing, PPT, or other choice) in class eight to demonstrate what they have learned. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Lisa MalickMA Teaching, BA Modern European History, BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
40 total reviews
41 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I am a 6-12 English and History/Social Sciences certified public school teacher in Florida.  I have been teaching for twelve years, including four years in the synchronous online environment.  Although I love teaching middle and high... 
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