SCORE E-Sources for Ancient China
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I. Ancient China
Exploring Ancient World Cultures:
Great back ground information on Confucianism and Taoism. This site has internal links to literature and scholarly commentary. It also has a linear chronology
great for timelines. Also information on India, Greece, Rome, and Egypt. (6th grade treasure chest)
Daily Life in Ancient China:
Wow! What a treasure of a site! This site contains great timelines, stories & myths, dragon legends, festivals, Chinese Astrology information, and lots of great, kid-friendly information about Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. This site has a great Whos Who list for biographies. There is also a link for other honorable research links that are also kid and teacher friendly. There is also a link to learn about other ancient world cultures. (6th grade treasure chest)
China the Beautiful:
This is a very comprehensive site with tons of great links for the following topics: art, literature, astronomy, calligraphy, history, dragons, festivals, science, geography, and the opportunity to learn some rudimentary Chinese. There are also links for further research.
II. Three Ways of Thought: Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism
This site has great biographical information on Confucius, along with a good introduction on Confucian ideology. This site also has links for information on Taoism and Buddhism as it existed in ancient China through modern times. The information on Confucianism and Taoism seems to be more comprehensive than that on Buddhism. Aside from information on religion, this site is a great treasure for a variety of topics including astrology, geography, cultural ceremonies, festivals, and medicine.
Religions of Ancient China by Herbert Giles:
This site is an electronic book with chapters on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. The writing of these chapters is in kid-friendly type of language, as opposed to a more scholarly discussion.
Core Values Internet Research Library
This is a bibliographic site that has great links for Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Feng Sui. This is a very good scholarly site, as some of the links connect to universities, San Francisco Art Museum and New England School of Acupuncture. There are also some links that connect to encyclopedic entries.
Ancient & Lost Civilizations:
This is an excellent site with lots of links to Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. There are also links for topics such as remedies, mathematics, inventions, music, and mythology. Other civilizations include Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, Rome, Australia, and Atlantis.
Daoist Chinese Characters:
Lovely site for pictographs and Chinese traditional music.
III. Miscellaneous Sources
Mr. Donns Countries & Continents:
This is a great site for K12 teachers and kids. There are links for a variety of curricular topics. Once a specific country is there is a table of contents that contains history, geography, and literature links.
Electronic Passport of Chinese History:
Part of Mr. Dowlings Electronic Passport to the World. Great timelines and links including Legalism, Confucianism, dynasties, and geography.
Confucius: Excerpts from the Analects
Learn about Confucius' Code of Behavior and basic relationships including Jen or Humaneness, Junzi or the Superior Gentleman or Scholar, Li or Rites, Yüeh or Music, Learning and Teaching.
Mandate of Heaven
The Mandate of Heaven was a political-social philosophy that served as the basic Chinese explanation for the success and failure of monarchs and states down to the end of the empire in 1912 CE. Whenever a dynasty fell, the reason invariably offered by China's sages was that it had lost the moral right to rule that is given by Heaven alone.
Selections from the Mencius
The eventual success of Confucius ideas owes much to his followers in the two centuries following his death, the most important of whom were Mengzi [Mencius] (c.370-300 BCE) and Xunzi [Hsun-tse] (c. 310-215 BCE). The Mencius, like the Analects is a collection of philosopher's conversations presented in no particular order, but unlike the Analects, specific points are often analyzed at length, perhaps because Mengzi himself had a hand in recording them.
Legalist Policies of the Qin
In this excerpt the Grand Historian quotes a memorial that the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi (ruled 221-210 BCE), built to proclaim his accomplishments. The second selection tells of an edict of 213 BCE that banned virtually all non-Legalist literature.
The Chinese Lantern Festival
This site provides some fun information such as recipes and riddles.
This site is encyclopedic in format, with lots of great basic information and tons of links.
This site has everything you would ever want to know about Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival. Everything from riddles to recipes. Tons of great links
All the images in this lesson come from Google Images.
Bibilio-phile for Ancient China:
Three Ways of Thought Biblio-Phile
Bower, Bert & Jim Lobdell. History Alive! The Ancient World. Palo Alto, Ca.: Teachers
Curriculum Institute, 2004.
Bower, Bert & Jim Lobdell. History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond. Palo Alto,
Ca.: Teachers Curriculum Institute, 2005.
Chan, Wing-Tsit. A Sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy. New Jersey: Princeton
University Press, 1973.
Cleary, Thomas. The Essential Tao. San Francisco: Harper Collins Press, 1993.
Dawson, Raymond. Confucius. London: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Lowenstein, Tom. The Vision of the Buddha. London: Duncan Baird Press, 1996.
Schwartz, Benjamin. The World of Thought in Ancient China. Cambridge, Ma. Harvard
University Press, 1985.
Strathern, Paul. Confucius in 90 Minutes. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 1999.
Tzu, Chuag. Watson, Burton, translator. Basic Writings. New York: Columbia University
Tzu, Lao. Lau, D. C. translator, Betty Raditch, ed. Tao Te Ching. London, Penguin
Waley, Arthur. Three Ways of Thought in Ancient China. Stanford: Stanford University
Wilker, Josh. Confucius: Philosopher and Teacher. U.S.: Grolier Publishers, 1999.
Yun, Hsing. Graham, Tom, translator. Buddhism: Core Ideas. Trumbull, Ct.: Weatherhill