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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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Students will then create a Spider Map focusing on Politics or Government of ancient China using the template in StoryboardThat and creating illustrations and 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 characteristics of the Politics or Government of ancient China.

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.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

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

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How To Differentiate Information about Politics in Ancient China


Decide on the Main Ideas

Clearly understanding the main ideas yourself in regards to the Politics of Ancient China will help you more easily teach these concepts to your students. Decide on 3-4 main ideas.


Share Descriptions for Students Based on Their Abilities

Describe each main idea, using language that will be understood based on abilities level. You may need to explain things several times for struggling students, and you may be able to offer an enrichment article to those who already understand the concepts.


Use Scaffolding Techniques to Enhance Learning For All

There are many ways to scaffold learning, including using questioning techniques, proximity to the students, illustrations, and graphic organizers. These will all help cement the ideas for your students.

Frequently Asked Questions about Politics in Ancient China

What kind of ruling body did they have in Ancient China?

Ancient China at first was ruled by a feudal system and then it moved into a system of emperors ruling over their dynasties. There were over 500 emperors in China as leadership was passed down.

What is the importance of the Mandate of Heaven?

The Mandate of Heaven is a special philosophy used in China that gives the power to whoever is the King of Emperor. According to the Mandate of Heaven, heaven gives the power to the ruler.

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