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Activity Overview


Using a G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart to organize information about ancient Civilizations is a useful tool to enhance students' analysis of the characteristics and contributions of a society. Going further and including visuals helps students to better retain the details of each category.

When learning about ancient Civilizations, students may need teachers to provide a variety of resources. The use of diverse resources such as primary sources, videos, songs, readings from textbooks, encyclopedias and literature can be helpful for students to gain an accurate and complete picture of the time period. Students can use graphic organizers to write notes about the different categories as they learn.


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GRAPES Chart

Students will then create a spider map that focuses on achievements of ancient China in art, architecture, technologies, writing, etc. They should be sure to create illustrations and add descriptions to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information and should complete 3-6 cells. Students can come together after they’ve created their storyboards to share what they’ve learned. The full G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart can be used as a post assessment after students have presented.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a spider map focusing on the different achievements of ancient China in art, architecture, technology and/or writing.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a title for each cell and a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each category using appropriate scenes, characters, and items. To find images related to ancient China, type “China” into the search bar.

Requirements: Minimum of 3-6 cells showcasing the various achievements of ancient China. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

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How to Help Students Organize the Achievements of Ancient China

1

Find Age-appropriate Sources About Ancient Chinese Achievements

There are an overwhelming number of resources for students when it comes to the achievements of Ancient China. Collecting age-appropriate resources to use at the beginning of the project will help your students to flourish.

2

Highlight the Important Inventions For Your Class

Reading sources together and teaching students how to highlight inventions and achievements that are important is invaluable to the success of the project. Especially at the beginning, this will help them feel less overwhelmed with all there is to learn.

3

Assist Students in Writing Descriptions

To organize and explain the various achievements, students should write descriptions that are 1-3 sentences in length. They will need various degrees of help, so scaffolding is a great idea.

4

Use a Spider Map to Organize the Inventions

A spider map is the perfect way to lay out the highlighted achievements. Students should add headlines and illustrations to supplement their words, as this leads to increased learning.

Frequently Asked Questions about Achievements of Ancient China

What are some of Ancient China's most important inventions?

Ancient China certainly has a great many inventions they are known for. Printing and papermaking are extremely important early inventions, and paved the way for literacy throughout the world. Other important inventions include gunpowder and the compass.

Why was the Great Wall of China built?

The Great Wall of China was created as a form of protection for Ancient Chinese empires. It is nearly 2,500 years old and has stood the test of time.

What was important about agriculture and irrigation in Ancient China?

Even in Ancient China, farmers and scientists were able to harness the power of the rivers to irrigate the land and create fertile growing areas. Their agricultural techniques formed the basis for modern farming.




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