Ancient China Social Structure

Ancient China Social Structure
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Ancient China

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

Ancient China is called one of the world's cradles of civilization. China has the longest continuous history in the world with over 3,500 years of written history! Many superlatives can be applied to Ancient China: It has the highest mountains! The longest rivers! The largest plateau! The longest wall! And, some of the world's earliest empires. This teacher guide utilizes the popular G.R.A.P.E.S. acronym for teaching about ancient civilizations and focuses on the geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, and social structure of Ancient China.


Ancient China

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G.R.A.P.E.S.: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Life. This storyboard explains the social life and hierarchy of ancient China.

Storyboard Text

  • SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF ANCIENT CHINA
  • Ancient China had a strict social hierarchy with the emperor and his family at the top followed by government officials and nobles who were wealthy landowners and scholars. The peasant class was made up of farmers, artisans, and craftspeople as well as merchants and traders. At the very bottom of the social hierarchy were enslaved people who were usually laborers, builders or servants and had no rights beyond what their enslavers granted them.
  • PEASANTS: FARMERS,ARTISANS, MERCHANTS
  • ENSLAVED PEOPLE
  • NOBILITY: WEALTHY LANDOWNERS AND SCHOLARS
  • GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND ARMY
  • EMPEROR
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