Monday, March 28, 2011

Curriculum Connections - Imperial China and Japan

1. History Alive has some enrichment activities that use outside primary source material. This one is related to Marco Polo and asks students to think about the validity of accounts. History Alive Enrichment

2. In another activity, students look at the first laws of Japan which were influenced by China and based on the ideas of Confucius. The document and question are included.

3. The Peabody Essex Museum: Within the online collection there are several images that could be useful for understanding Imperial China. Get started with the interactive exhibit, Emperor Looks West. In this exhibition there is a silk scroll depicting the Imperial City, "The Victory Banquet Scroll". The scroll is displayed in an interactive format so that the viewer can get visual and text detail on sections of the scroll.

4. To study China, broad concepts that embody Chinese culture and heritage need be understood. The PEM showcased an exhibit several years ago addressing such ideas as the Chinese ideas about the cosmos, antiquity and aesthetics. They have recorded this exhibit with images and lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school teachers to use. Have a look at a Perfect Imbalance.

5. The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City

Using resources on the PEM website, you can still have access to this amazing exhibition.

"Never before seen by the public, the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City will be revealed for the first time at the Peabody Essex Museum."

On the site is two videos and one interactive activity.

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