Teacher Notes

Grade Level/Unit:
Grade 6, Unit 4: Early Asian Civilization

Purpose of the Lesson
Students will use resources on the Internet and other available resources to learn about prehistoric and ancient Chinese cultures, artifacts found in Banpo, and modern-day travel to China. While introducing students to the fascinating story of Banpo villagers, this activity will help them develop organizational skills in a group environment (setting up and running the competition), research skills (locating, selecting, and analyzing information on the Internet), and analytical skills (synthesizing information).

Resources (in print):
Armento, Nash, Salter, and Wixon, A Message of Ancient Days (Houghton Mifflin, 1991), p. 262-264
The Civilization Library, eds., Early China (Gloucester Press)
Joan Lebold Cohen, China Today and Her Ancient Treasures (N.H.Abrahms, 1986)
Kwang-Chih Chang, Neolithic Developments in North China (Yale University Press)
Conrad Schirokauer, A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations (Harcourt Brace Javanovich, 1980), p. 5-8.
Michael Sullivan, The Arts of China (University of California Press, 1984), p. 3-11.

Content Standards:
Grade 6 Unit 6: Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of early China, in terms of .... the location and description of the origins of Chinese civilization in the Huang-He Valley

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills:
Chronological and Spatial Thinking:

Research, Evidence and Point of View:

Historical Interpretation:

Information Literacy Skills

Length of Lesson
This activity is designed for ten class periods, to be organized as follows:

Class size will likely influence the time required to complete the various steps of this lesson, so teachers should feel free to shorten or lengthen any segment of the activity if necessary.

Teacher Materials

Note: Teachers might wish to have one or two students videotape the competition, in which case videotaping equipment will also be needed.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Adaptations to Special Needs

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