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Ancient China

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings ancient civilizations to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Timeline

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Ancient China
Pixton Lesson Plan on Ancient China
Pixton Lesson Plan on Ancient China

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Ancient China

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  • Building
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  • City
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  • Compass
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  • Paper
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  • River
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  • Table
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Teacher Guide

Ancient China

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Fun facts about China:

  • China is the most populated country in the world and the 4th largest by landmass.
  • It is one of the oldest civilizations in the world having a history spanning thousands of years.
  • Over the past several decades, millions of migrant workers have moved to the big cities in search of work.
  • In a square kilometer, China packs in five times more people than the United States.
  • China has the world's biggest economy and the Great Wall is the world’s largest man-made structure.
  • The capital city is Beijing, however, Shanghai is the most populated.

Use a map of China in an atlas, or use Google Maps to identify some of the key land forms and regions of the country.

  • Deserts in the West (Gobi desert, Himalayan Mountains)
  • Plains in the Mid and North East (Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors)
  • Plateaus in the central regions(Yangtze, Yellow river)
  • Hills in the South East
  • Jungle in the South West
  • Cities of Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Urumqi, Wuhan, Hong Kong)

Opening Discussion

Explore a variety of Ancient Chinese Legends:

  • The Goddess of the Moon
  • Splitting of the Mountain
  • The Emperor's Journey to the Moon
  • The Monk Who Endured
  • Nian Monster
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map of Confucius

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  • Make a Comic
    Ancient Chinese Technologies

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  • Make a Comic
    Qin Dynasty

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Complete a Timeline that follows the period of the Qin Dynasty, or the life of Confucius.

  • Extension / Modification
    T-Chart (Extension / Modification)

    Create a T-Chart to compare and contrast the differences between life in Ancient China, and present day China.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Visit your local Chinatown to learn more about the customs and traditions of the Chinese people. There are two festivals that are especially exciting times to visit: the Moon festival in September, and Chinese New Year in February. Share a variety of interesting Asian foods with your class such as pomelo, durian, lychee, green tea, and chicken feet. Use math to solve problems involving unit conversions between the Yuan, and the US dollar. Students can work on their language skills by saying hello, or asking to go to the washroom in Chinese.

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Pixton Activity: Ancient China 1 Character Map of Confucius

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Instructions

Create a Character Map that identifies the major teachings, quotations, historical facts and accomplishments of Confucius.

  • Your character map should include an appropriate graphic and a detailed description.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map of Confucius

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Ancient China 2 Ancient Chinese Technologies

Intro

Ancient China is famous for many of their useful inventions and technology. Several of these inventions have had a significant impact on the US and various countries around the world. The use of fireworks has been a long standing tradition in the US that originated from celebrations during Chinese New Year. This is just one example of the impact Ancient China has had on the daily lives of Americans.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that identifies three to six technologies from Ancient China.

Each technology should be:

  • Appropriately illustrated
  • Dates listed in the title
  • A brief description of its significance
  • How it was discovered

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Ancient Chinese Technologies

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Ancient China 3 Qin Dynasty

Intro

The unification of China was achieved by the first emperor known as Qin. Through a series of wars, he defeated several other states and centralized the government to form the foundation of the Qing Dynasty. Qin used strict rules and slave labor to complete several large works that symbolized China's unification.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates four to six events, or policies that helped to unify China during the Qin Dynasty.

  • Include a detailed description of the importance of the event or policy and an appropriate illustration.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Qin Dynasty

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

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