Unit Plan

World History and Geography: The Chinese During Medieval Times 600-1300 A.D.

The Great Wall may be one of the most famous pieces of architecture of all time. Teach seventh graders the history behind its construction, the importance of dynasties, and all about ancient Chinese civilization through a series of 20 tasks. These tasks include the production of newspaper articles about important historical concepts and the creation of presentations that facilitate an in-depth learning experience.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Work with teachers in the English department, as learners develop newspaper articles that require writing skills
  • Extend learning by adding a task where learners become newspaper critics (after task 14); they can review each article from the other groups, ensuring they have an in-depth grasp of each ancient Chinese historical concept
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson plan spans the course of two to three weeks and covers 20 individual tasks
  • Students need computer access to successfully complete the tasks
  • Assigned tasks foster classroom collaboration
  • Young scholars learn important research skills, including the development of research notes and bibliographies
  • Although tasks are laid out in a concise and logical way, a more concrete timeline may ensure the tasks are accomplished within the given time span