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Unification of China

By Jennifer Ruskin
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Grade Level: 6

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: History/Social Science
Secondary: History/Social Science

Unification of China

beauracracy, censorship, legalism, standardization, unification

Three days
This project is intended for students to learn about the rule of Qin Shi Huang Di, China's first emperor. Students will learn about the many accomplishments of this emperor, as well as the Legalist methods he used to rule. Students will also have an opportunity to debate whether or not these methods are justified to keep China stable. The textbook used in this lesson is Ancient Civilizations, although other textbooks could be easily adapted.

The rationale for this project is to identify vocabulary words that impede students abilities to comprehend the textbook. Students will then interact with these vocabulary words so that by the time they do the reading they will be somewhat familiar. This lesson is desgned to scaffold the textbook Ancient Civilizations for all students, especially for students who are reading below grade level and ELL students.