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Project Based Learning- Ancient Chinese Civilizations

Subject Social Studies — Social Studies, World History
Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type
Standards Alignment
NGA Center/CCSSO, State-specific


6th grade Social Studies- California State Standards

6th grade California Common Core State Standards for ELA

Research project using project-based learning.  Research of Ancient Chinese Dynasties:  Xia, Shang, Zhou, Han, Six, Yuan, and Ming.



Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and goods difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world.
List the policies and achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi in unifying northern China under the Qin Dynasty.
Cite the significance of the trans-Eurasian "silk roads" in the period of the Han Dynasty and Roman Empire and their locations.
Detail the political contributions of the Han Dynasty to the development of the imperial bureaucratic state and the expansion of the empire.
Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization in the Huang-He Valley during the Shang Dynasty.
Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.
Locate and describe the major river system and discuss the physical setting that supported the rise of this civilization.
Describe the diffusion of Buddhism northward to China during the Han Dynasty.
Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.
Know the life and moral teachings of Buddha and how Buddhism spread in India, Ceylon, and Central Asia.
Trace the development of agricultural techniques that permitted the production of economic surplus and the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


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