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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.

Students will then create a Social Pyramid to describe the Social Structure of Ancient China using the template in StoryboardThat and creating titles, illustrations and descriptions to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

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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Objective: Create a Social Pyramid focusing on the different characteristics of the Social Structure of Ancient China.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Using the Pyramid template, use the “free form text” to write titles in each section of the pyramid.
  3. You may include a background image and pictures to represent the different categories. To find images related to Ancient China, type “China” into the search bar.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Label each level of the Social Pyramid of Ancient China. Include appropriate scenes or characters to illustrate the cell. 2-3 sentence description to demonstrate your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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