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Unit 6: China

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Unit on China for 7th grade Social Studies.

Enduring Understandings: EU #1: The great minds of the past have developed ideas that can enrich our lives and our world. EU #2: Over the course of history, the same country can swing from tremendously powerful to dangerously weak and back again. EU #3: There is no such thing as a "perfect government."

Lessons include:

  • Geography of China
  • Confucianism
  • Taoism
  • Buddhism
  • Silk Road
  • Opium
  • Communism
  • Deng's Reforms
  • Tiannenmen Square
Resources include goal posters, tracking sheets, quizzes, and projects.

This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.

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6.0 China Unit Plan

by Robert Lucas

Calendar and goals for Unit 6: China. Enduring Understandings: EU #1: The great minds of the past have developed ideas that can enrich our lives and our world. EU #2: Over the course of history, the same country can swing from tremendously powerful to dangerously weak and back again. EU #3: There is no such thing as a perfect government. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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6.0 China Goal Posters

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These posters show the Enduring Understanding goals for the unit on China. Post them on the walls around your classroom. The unit was planned using the Understanding by Design framework. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Blank tracking sheet for unit 6. Students copy the goals down as you introduce them; you check off mastery as they demonstrate it. Can also be placed at the front of a binder for use as a table of contents. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students visit 8 stations and learn about the geography of China. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 6.2 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

This quiz reaches back to the unit on the Sudan and also covers the geography of China. The file also includes a homework assignment that moves into Chinese philosophy. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about Confucianism, do a comprehension activity with a partner, and then move into groups for an activity that models Confucian hierarchies. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 6.4 Taoism

by Robert Lucas

Students read about Taoism, do a comprehension activity with a partner (answering questions; sorting quotes into piles based on the philosophies they represent). This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 6.5 Buddhism

by Robert Lucas

Students read about the beliefs of Buddhism, then create and perform silent 30 second skits illustrating one of the beliefs. Objective: 4. I will be able to analyze the different basic beliefs of Buddhism and use them to solve problems. Essential Question: "How will you teach your children the difference between right and wrong?" This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students make a brochure on parenting to place in a maternity ward. The brochure explains how to raise children according to each of the three Chinese philosophies being studies. A quiz is also included. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Station activity in which students learn about ancient China: its government, military, technology, and chronology. Objective: 5. I will be able to describe the major accomplishments of ancient Chinese dynasties. Essential Question: "Is it always true that 'what goes up must come down?'" This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 6.8 Silk Road

by Robert Lucas

Lesson on the Silk Road. It includes a Do Now, reading, and a comprehension activity to be done in partners. It also includes a game, but the instructions are incomplete. If you're able to figure out the game, please let us know. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Reading and a comprehension activity on the weakening of China in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also includes a review sheet for the quiz in lesson 6.10. Objective: 6. I will be able to analyze the ways in which China was weakened by Europeans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Essential Question: "Is it always true that "what goes up must come down?"" This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Quiz on china, and students start drafting a poster about the effect of opium on China. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students make anti-drug posters based on the Chinese experience with opium in the 1800s. Objective: 6. I will be able to analyze the ways in which China was weakened by Europeans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Essential Question: "Is it always true that "what goes up must come down?"" This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students take an anticipation survey about government, read about communism, do a comprehension activity with partners, and then meet with their "Think Tank" groups to discuss. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, and then make a mini-poster about utopian ideas. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about the liberalizing reforms under Deng Xiaoping; discuss and sort public vs. private goods; discuss command vs. market economies; discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Deng's system. Note: I'm not sure exactly how Ben defined public and private goods for this lesson (presumably not with the technical economic definition of non-excludability and no rivalry in consumption). Any ideas? This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson: 6.15 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

Quiz on China, Communism, Mao, etc. Includes answer key and a reading assignment on China's environment. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read and do a comprehension activity on the Tianenmen Square Massacre. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Performance task 3 is to make a voters' guide for American voters, telling them what they should know about China and their representatives' positions toward it. This is the first of two days spent on the project, and it's mostly devoted to background and drafting. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Quiz over environmental issues in China and the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The homework assignment at the end leads into the next mini-unit on Iraq and the geography of the Middle East. This resource is part of Unit 6: China and the Social Studies 7 course.
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