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Guide for Teaching Ancient China

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A Publication of Primary Source, 2001

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This Ancient China guide constitutes an extremely valuable addition to curriculum resources for elementary and middle school teachers. Drawing on the collective experience and creativity of several dozen primarily Massachusetts teachers plus the Primary Source staff, the twenty-eight lessons address a wide range of topics and teaching methods/practices. In the opening statement of purpose, the authors describe the unit as “designed for use in the fourth grade but is easily adaptable for use in grades three to eight. Using this thematic approach to teaching about China, teachers can develop reading, mapping, writing, oral language, and math literacy along with social studies knowledge and skills.” With the goal of testing our evaluation of this unit, we consulted with teachers in grades three to six in three different school systems. Their conclusions and suggestions are incorporated below.

CONTENT

The unit is divided into four strands with two strands subdivided as shown below.