Chinese reunification in the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties;√äGenghis Khan and the Mongol Empire;√äMing Dynasty and later dynasties
China in the Middle Ages unit contains 3 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in China in the Middle Ages Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Reunification: Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties
Students begin by viewing photos of the Grand Canal, a massive achievement of medieval China. Then they explore the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties. Next, they work in small groups to report on various aspects of ordinary life during ancient or medieval China. Finally, they read a primary source‚Äîa Tang emperor‚Äôs musings on what makes a good ruler‚Äîand give reasons why they agree or disagree with the author.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
Students follow the path of the Mongol Empire from its origins as a horde of loosely aligned cavalry on the steppes of Asia, to its expansion throughout Asia and into Europe and the Middle East, to its decline and collapse after about a century. They study and explain the contributions of the Mongols to Chinese and Asian history. Finally, they assess Genghis Khan‚Äôs attributes as a ruler.
Ming Dynasty and Beyond
Students enter the Ming Dynasty through the gates of the Forbidden City in the first scene. Then, they explore more details of the dynasty‚Äôs history, including its brief attempts to explore the world beyond the seas. Next, they examine the Ming policy of isolationism and its causes and effects. Finally, they survey China‚Äôs final dynasty, the Qing, and write about an important Ming or Qing figure of their choice.