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Take a trip to Medieval China and Japan   Tags: 7th grade, history, medieval china, medieval japan, social studies  

Create a travel guide for Imperial China and the Golden Age of Japan.
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Ancient Chinese Civilization - Rupert Matthews; Todd Van Pelt; Francesca D'Ottavi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781404280359
Publication Date: 2009-08-01
"Ancient Chinese Civilization" brings the world's longest continuous civilization to life in myth and factfrom the dawn of farming and the early bronze-makers, to the great dynasties that united China. Stunningly illustrated historical pages and carefully retold myths introduce young readers to the glories, riches, romance, and mystery of Chinese civilization. Includes sections on creation myths, gods, society, religion, agriculture, medicine, daily life, art, entertainment, war and weapons, inventions and construction, trade, and education, writing, and literature.

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Arts and Culture in the Ancient World - Reagan Miller; Hazel Richardson
ISBN: 9780778717324
Publication Date: 2011-08-15
This amazing book provides a snapshot of the arts and cultures across various ancient civilizations. Read about* Egypt's pyramids, temples, royal tombs, and palaces;* Chinese games and pastimes;* Rome's sports arenas--the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.

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Technology in the Ancient World - Reagan Miller; Hazel Richardson
ISBN: 9780778717362
Publication Date: 2011-08-15
This incredible book provides a snapshot of the often surprising technologies developed by various ancient civilizations. Read about* iron smelting by the Celts;* how mummies were made and buried in Egypt;* sword making in Japan.

 

Books from MLK Library about Medieval China

Made in China - Suzanne Williams
Call Number: 608.7 WIL
ISBN: 1881896145
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Explore ancient China's scientific discoveries and technology in this lively account of people, ideas, and social changes.

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Life in Ancient China - Paul C. Challen; Paul Challen
Call Number: 931 CHA
ISBN: 0778720675
Publication Date: 2004-10-31
Along China's Yellow River, a mighty and technologically advanced civilization grew and flourished for thousands of years without any contact from the rest of the world. Life in Ancient China explores the daily lives of early the Chinese people, profiles the great dynasties that ruled China over the centuries, and introduces important religious and philosophical contributions, such as Confucianism, Daosim, and Buddhism. Enduring Chinese innovations, such as writing, papermaking, and The Great Wall are also featured.

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Ancient China - Jane Shuter
Call Number: 931 SHU
ISBN: 1403459959
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
Through archeological excavations and artifacts, readers get the real story of life in ancient civilizations including common experiences for children and adults, as well as comparisons between the lives of different societal classes. Each book explores t

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Ancient Chinese - Sonia Cheng
Call Number: 931 OTT
ISBN: 0872265927
Publication Date: 2001-02-23
This book offers readers a beautiful blend of history and mythology - providing a new approach to exploring the Ancient Chinese. This book retells a selection of important myths, using dramatic illustrations and supplementing them with historical and cultural information, including realistic maps and diagrams.

See Inside an Ancient Chinese Town - Penelope Hughes-Stanton
Call Number: 931 HUG
ISBN: 0531190099
Publication Date: 1986-01-01

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Science in Ancient China - George W. Beshore
Call Number: 509 BES
ISBN: 0531113345
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
This Series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: History and Nature of Science Science as Inquiry Social Studies: Culture Global Connections Science, Technology, & Society Time, Continuity, & Change

 

Project description

What was travel like in Asia during the Middle Ages?

You will be constructing a travel guide for China and Japan during medieval times. You may include information about these areas during 500-1500 C.E. for China and 400-1200 C.E. for Japan. The travel guide will be created as a powerpoint presentation. You may work in groups of 1, 2 or 3 people. You will present your powerpoint in class as part of a commercial, skit, song or other creative expression preapproved by the teacher. 

 

Required Powerpoint Elements

  • The powerpoint should be 14-16 slides.
  • Feature one geographical feature from Imperial China and and from Golden Age Japan (4 slides). 
  • Present one discovery, invention or artwork from Imperial China and from Golden Age Japan (4 slides).
  • Discuss one important custom from Imperial China and another from Golden Age Japan (4 slides).
  • For each of the above make two slides: one graphic with the name of item and a 5-sentence paragraph describing the item. 
  • The powerpoint template has more information regarding the 5-sentence paragraphs.
  • The powerpoint should include a title slide including the student(s) name(s), 12 content slides and a bibliography of sources used including grahics.
 

Powerpoint Template

Download the powerpoint template below and use it as you construct your presentation.

 

Materials Needed

  • Schoolloop user name and password
  • Noodletools user name and password
  • USB drive (optional)
  • Research materials: must use a minimum of three different sources.
    • At least one print source.
    • At least one electronic source.

Noodle Tools

Use NoodleTools to organize your information into virtual notecards. 

Username is the same as Schoolloop username

Password is noodletools.

First time log in: go to My Account at top right.
Change password to School Loop password
Then, add your first and last name initials and the last 4 digits of your phone numbers.

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Schoolloop

 

Powerpoint and Presentation Rubric

 

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Organization

The PowerPoint has excellent formatting and very well organized information.

The PowerPoint has appropriate formatting and well-organized information.

The PowerPoint has some organized information with random formatting.

The PowerPoint’s format and organization of material are confusing to the reader.

Ideas

The PowerPoint communicates relevant information appropriately and effectively to the intended audience.

The PowerPoint communicates relevant information appropriately to the intended audience.

The PowerPoint communicates irrelevant information or communicates inappropriately to the intended audience.

The PowerPoint communicates irrelevant information, and communicates inappropriately to the intended audience.

Conventions

All of the writing is done in complete sentences.

 

Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the PowerPoint.

Most of the writing is done in complete sentences.

 

Most of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the PowerPoint.

Some of the writing is done in complete sentences.

 

Some of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure.

Most of the writing is done in fragments.

 

Many capitalization and punctuation errors are found throughout.

Graphics

The graphics go well with the text, and are of outstanding clarity.

The graphics go well with the text, and are of average clarity.

The graphics go well with the text, but are of fair clarity.

The graphics do not go well with the text or appear to be randomly chosen.

Bibliography

All sources for information and graphics are cited. More than five resources are used.

All sources for information and graphics are cited.  Four to five resources are used.

All sources for information and some graphics are cited. Three resources are used.

All sources for information and some graphics are used.  Less than three resources are used.

Presentation

The class presentation greatly enhances the information in the PowerPoint.

The class presentation somewhat enhances the information in the PowerPoint.

The class presentation is a repetition of the information in the PowerPoint.

The class presentation has little to do with the information in the PowerPoint.

 

Important deadlines

  • Approval of presentation format (commercial, skit, song or other creative expression) due on Monday, January 27.
  • 12 Noodletools index cards due on...
  • Rough draft of powerpoint due on...
  • Presentation of powerpoints with creative expression due on...
  • Reflection due on...
 

How does this help me become a better learner?

History and Mystery

After presenting your project, please fill out this reflection piece. It is part of your class participation grade.
Name *
1. What resources were the most helpful to you? *
Books from MLK Library
Books from SF Public Library
History Alive Textbook
Websites
WorldBook
Other
2. If you answered "other" or "websites" in question 1, please describe the resource(s).
3. What did I know about research before I started? *
4. What advice would you give to next year's students about completing this project? *
 

World Book Article on China

 

World Book Article on Japan

 

Books from MLK Library about Medieval Japan

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Japan - Bobbie Kalman
Call Number: 952 KAL
ISBN: 9780778796664
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Spectacular new photographs highlight this new edition of Japan: The Culture. Fascinating aspects of Japanese theater, festivals, and fine arts are explained in clear, concise text.

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Japan - Bobbie Kalman
Call Number: 952 KAL
ISBN: 0778797430
Publication Date: 2000-10-31
This revised and beautifully designed new edition covers every aspect of Japan's geography and history. Updated photos and information feature its modern industry and high-speed trains.

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Life in Ancient Japan - Hazel Richardson
Call Number: 952 RIC
ISBN: 0778720411
Publication Date: 2005-03-15
Despite the influence of powerful neighbors and periods of civil strife, the island nation of Japan remains a land of ancient traditions. This fascinating new book describes how Japan grew from rule by local chieftains to an emperor-led nation with many noble families competing for prominence. Beautiful spreads and full-color photographs unveil Japan's rich history including early pit dwellings, the development of castle towns, and life as a samurai warrior.

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