Ancient China

Teaching Packs based on the Mollet Learning Academy (MLA) approach to learning – sample from a lesson

Ancient China 

It was the custom, in the time of the Shang Dynasty, for people to consult a diviner. They took to him questions about important things in their lives. He would carve these questions on large animal bones (usually the shoulder blade of an ox) or on turtle shells. He then applied a red hot bronze point to the bone or shell and would interpret the way it had cracked under the heat to predict the answers to the questions.

The Shang
Dynasty –
Outline of a
turtle shell

With copies of the outline of a large turtle shell, students can take on the role of a Shang Dynasty diviner.

They can create and write the kind of questions that would be brought to the diviner; questions about sickness, dreams, the harvest, the weather or anything they feel would have been important issues in the lives of these people. Students formulate the questions in such a way that they can be answered with a “yes” or “no,” “good” or “bad” or in other simple ways.

The Zhou Dynasty – An overview to illustrate feudalism
When studying feudalism in the Zhou Dynasty students are given an outline overview of the structure of feudalism. They complete this as they learn about the different levels in the hierarchy of this form of government. Working with a visual representation helps students to better understand the rights and responsibilities of each group and the interaction between the groups.

The Qin Dynasty – Painting the terracotta soldiers
When studying Qin Shihuangdi’s terracotta army, students are given drawings of various soldiers. They are also given information on the colours that these soldiers were originally painted. Using paints, colored pencils or markers, students can accurately draw and color the terracotta soldiers showing them in their original splendour.

Unit 8 Ancient China
Unit 8 China
SubUnit 1: Historical & Geographical Background
SubUnit 2: The Shang and Zhou Dynasties
SubUnit 3: The Qin & Han Dynasties (Review exercises included in each SubUnit)

Since advent of social media all material is now in pdf format (no postage or processing fee). Physical copies (postage/processing fees apply) can be provided at additional cost – please contact MLA.
Each SubUnit (not Unit) costs USA $19.95
  NZ $24.95
(This price includes permission to photocopy)

Click here if you are interested in your students working with top quality authentic papyrus (imported from Egypt).

Dr. David Mollet
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1. The MLA approach to education believes in developing the creative and imaginative side of the student in harmony with the intellectual and cognitive. To achieve this, MLA Teaching Packs make stories and drama an integral part of the lessons and involve students through storytelling, art, simulations, drama, craft, discussion and creation of a personal record.

There are MLA Teaching Packs for teaching a) Ancient Civilizations/World History, b) History of California and c) Mathematics (Fractions and Multiplication Tables)

2. Click on any of these links ChinaEgyptGreece, IndiaIsraelitesKushMesopotamiaPrehistory or Rome to take you to the appropriate WER Unit.

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4. Click here for Mollet Learning Academy (MLA) Teaching Packs.

5. Click here to find out about Kush. Kush is Africa’s oldest interior civilization. Do your students, particularly African-American, have the opportunity to study this part of their cultural heritage?

6. Click here for articles and research reports.

7. Click here to check out evaluations of pilots carried out in schools in San Diego and to read what teachers think about our lessons/newsletters.

“These resource packs contain unbound, ready-to-use reproducible masters, that are varied, simple, and appealing to students. The interactive strategies suggested are suitable for independent, small-group, and whole-class assignments.”
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