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Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: Great Wall of China

Description: Students will understand the roles played by different dynasties in the construction of the great walls of China.

URL: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/greatwall/

Credit: discoveryschool.com


Resource: WebQuest

Title: Searching for China

Description: The United States government feels very strongly about the need to understand China. To do this effectively, a special fact-finding team is being assembled that will travel to China to investigate the country, the people, and the culture. Instead of sending only diplomats or politicians, the team will comprise people from very different backgrounds so that the facts they find present as much truth about China as possible.

URL: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/China/ChinaQuest.html#Resources

Credit: SBC Knowledge Ventures


Resource: Lesson Plan

Title: Who Invented It? When? Chinese Inventions: An Introductory Activity

Description: This activity is an informative way to introduce Chinese history and technology. If the teacher chooses, it can also be used as an opportunity to discuss stereotypes and their influence on our perceptions of reality, or as a culminating activity after the study of Chinese history.

URL: http://www.askasia.org/teachers/Instructional_Resources/Lesson_Plans/China/LP_china_8.htm

Credit: Ask Asia



Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: Three Gorges: The Biggest Dam In The World

Description: Students will understand the enormous Three Gorges Dam being constructed in China on the upper Yangtze River. The dam will benefit many people, but it may also cause serious problems and are built according to complex principles of engineering.

URL: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/threegorges/

Credit: discoveryschool.com


Resource: Lesson Plan

Title: The New Fant-"Asia": Contrasting Animated and Live-Action Filmmaking

Description: In this lesson, students read and discuss “China Hurries to Animate Its Film Industry." Next, students consider the different stories and story-telling techniques of animated and live-action filmmaking. Then they write proposals for animated films and storyboard individual scenes. For homework, they write journal entries reflecting on the strengths, weaknesses, and potential of animation as a filmmaking medium.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20041202thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

Credit: The New York Times Learning Network


Resource: Newspaper article

Title: "The Feng Shui Kingdom" by Laura M. Holson

Description: New York Times article on Disney’s experiences at adapting its business plan for Chinese culture. For article discussion questions, consult the lesson plan, “ Culture and the Corporation : Exploring How Companies Adapt to Foreign Marketplaces” using the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050427wednesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons .

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/featured_articles/20050427wednesday.html

Credit: The New York Times Learning Network



Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: Globalization

Description: Students will consider the effects of globalization on modern culture in "developed" countries and on indigenous cultures. They will use the Internet to get information on this topic, and list the ways in which globalization has affected various cultures. Students will conclude by writing paragraphs assessing whether globalization is positive, negative, or a combination of positive and negative.

URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/10/g912/globalization.html

Credit: National Geographic Xpeditions


Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: Up For Renewal: Exploring Modern Renewable Energy Sources

Description: In this lesson, students learn about China’s nationwide renewable energy law and its expanding wind energy industry. They then explore various types of modern renewable energy sources and the ways in which they are implemented.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050727wednesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

Credit: The New York Times Learning Network


Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: Crossing Boundaries: The Environment, Disease, and Conflict in Asia

Description: Physical and political boundaries play an important role in the world. They are conventions that have been created, adapted, and/or devised by nature and humans. So too, are a wide variety of other boundaries. These boundaries can act as national and/or international assets, but they can also act as impediments that restrict or prohibit the flow of resources, commerce, or intellectual property, or barriers that isolate people and divide nations. Finally, they can be the source of international compromise, cooperation, or conflict. Many boundaries play an important role in issues pertaining to environmentalism, epidemiology, and discord that might range from trade wars to military confrontations. In this lesson, students will learn about boundaries as they apply to matters of pollution, disease, and conflict within the continent of Asia, between Asian nations, and between Asian nations and members of the international community.

URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/15/g912/crossbound.html

Credit: National Geographic Xpeditions


Resource: Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Title: New World Influences on Asia

Description: This lesson focuses on the impact of new goods, ideas, and technology on a region. Most students know that many Asian inventions, such as the compass, saddle, and gunpowder, have changed the course of world history. This lesson encourages students to learn about the impact of New World crops and Western technology on Asia, specifically China and Japan. Students will collaborate to research the history and implications of trade and write about and present their findings.

URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/16/g912/newworld.html

Credit: National Geographic Xpeditions