Ancient Asia
Age 11-13: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 4

In this unit on ancient Asia, you'll learn about the rise of major world religions, the exchange of trade goods and cultural traditions throughout ancient Asia, and the different social systems in place in ancient India, China, and Japan. You'll explore a broad range of ancient Asian history from the caste system of India to the terra-cotta warriors of emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to the development of traditional Japanese art forms.

You'll share what you've learned with your family in a final project: either a multimedia slide presentation or a puppet show about these three ancient cultures.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
$6.99 #780 Timeline of Ancient Civilization
$5.00 #781 Ancient Civilization Timeline Cards

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Caste System of Ancient India (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Life and Culture in Ancient India (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Life in Ancient China (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Culture in Ancient China (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Life in Ancient Japan (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Culture in Ancient Japan (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Puppet Show or Presentation (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Japan. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of China. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of India. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the rise of a military society in the late twelfth century and the role of the samurai in that society. (Social Studies)
  • Cite the significance of the trans-Eurasian "silk roads" in the period of the Han Dynasty and Roman Empire and their locations. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the diffusion of Buddhism northward to China during the Han Dynasty. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the growth of the Maurya empire and the political and moral achievements of the emperor Asoka. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the significance of Japan's proximity to China and Korea and the intellectual, linguistic, religious, and philosophical influence of those countries on Japan. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai and the lasting influence of the warrior code in modern times. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai and the lasting influence of the warrior code in the twentieth century. (Social Studies)
  • Detail the political contributions of the Han Dynasty to the development of the imperial bureaucratic state and the expansion of the empire. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss important aesthetic and intellectual traditions (e.g., Sanskrit literature, including the Bhagavad Gita; medicine; metallurgy; and mathematics, including Hindu-Arabic numerals and the zero). (Social Studies)
  • Discuss important aesthetic and intellectual traditions in India. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the reign of Prince Shotoku of Japan and the characteristics of Japanese society and family life during his reign. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the significance of the Aryan invasions. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and goods difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India and how they evolved into early Hinduism. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them. (Social Studies)
  • Know about the life of Confucius and the fundamental teachings of Confucianism. (Social Studies)
  • Know the life and moral teachings of Buddha and how Buddhism spread in India. (Social Studies)
  • List the policies and achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi in unifying northern China under the Qin Dynasty. (Social Studies)
  • Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical setting that supported the rise of civilization. (Social Studies)
  • Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization in the Huang-He Valley during the Shang Dynasty. (Social Studies)
  • Outline the social structure of the caste system. (Social Studies)
  • Study the ninth and tenth centuries' golden age of literature, art, and drama and its lasting effects on culture today, including Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the development of distinctive forms of Japanese Buddhism. (Social Studies)
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