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ANCIENT CHINA RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Oracle Bones and Philosophy
Objectives: 1 ) Students will understand that the Tao Te Ching ( Dao De Jing.) is a book that suggests ways rulers, people, and nature can live in harmony. 2) Students will be able to compare and contrast Taoism & Confucianism.
"If we are not to live with our fellow men, with whom can we live?"
"The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not."
"Recognize who you really are, and you will find your way to happiness."
+++++++++++++++++++++ WEB RESOURCES +++++++++++++++++++++
Learn to Draw Chinese Characters ~ http://library.thinkquest.org/3614/drawing2.htm
Chinese Web Dictionary ~ http://zhongwen.com/zi.htm
Taoism Information Page ~ http://www.religiousworlds.com/taoism/ttc-list.html
Religious Tolerance ~ http://www.religioustolerance.org/confuciu.htm
Students in grade six expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds.• Sub-Strand 6.6: Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of China.
Standard 3: Know about the life of Confucius and the fundamental teachings of Confucianism and Taoism.
Students will work in their teams to research the vocabulary terms and Chinese characters on the internet using the links provided and add any new information to their notebooks.
They will choose/read/discuss 4, go over the questions on the back, and "report out"
The teacher and the other students will review their answers, and give feedback, add to the discussion, etc. If a group's progress appears too incomplete, teacher will make suggestions and students will revise their answers. When questions are adequately answered, students will receive supplies for the next part of the activity which will have directions/diagram on the board.
Underneath the 5 sticks students will write (in English) their favorite 4 lines from the Tao Te Ching
Students groups will present what they learned/made in front of the class.
Students will be assessed on: answers to the questions on the student handout, presentations, discussions, notebooks, and their drawings of Chinese characters.
Student Learning Samples from 2002
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