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Ancient China: To the Great Wall...and Beyond

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A book by Judy Wilcox

Ancient China is a detailed unit study of eleven key dynasties in Chinese history. Daily lessons plans listing project supplies, recommended resources, writing assignments and time line suggestions, as well as extensive teaching notes, are provided for … see full wiki

Author: Judy Wilcox
Publisher: Zeezok Publishing
1 review about Ancient China: To the Great Wall...and Beyond

Easy to Use and Chock full of information

  • Apr 28, 2009
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I am extremely impressed with Ancient China: To the Great Wall...and Beyond by Judy Wilcox. Judy has created a resource that is fun, easy-to-use, and chock full of information about China (from ancient time to modern day). It was written to be used with K-6 grade, but I believe it would make a terrific supplement for 7-12 also. There is enough "meat" in this unit that your teens will learn as much or more about China from this than from most junior or senior level textbooks. The best part is that they will have fun doing it!

The unit is scheduled for a twelve week period and is divided into daily lesson plans. Each lesson includes a reading in the book and timeline information. Projects are included with each lesson that involve research, reading, composition, map work, art, music, science, hands-on activities (crafts, models, recipes, etc), and field trip ideas.

The lessons begin with the geography of China, then progress through history by dynasty, and conclude with information about modern China. At the end of the book, there is a test for the unit as well as a glossary, a list of books for further study, timeline figures, and maps.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was "hooked." I read the book cover to cover, wishing the whole time that I was still homeschooling or that I had had a chance to be exposed to this kind of learning when I was a young student. The information is presented logically and simple enough that anyone can understand it. I particularly liked how Judy integrates Christianity into the curriculum and includes projects that has students compare the religions of China to that of Christianity.

I can't recommend this unit enough. Ancient China has a fascinating history and plays an important role in our world today. You will be doing your children an injustice not to expose them to the history of China. Now, there is a resource that will help you do just that! And when you are done, you can check this off your copy of The Checklist (http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/checklist.html).

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July 30, 2009
Great review! I agree that our kids really need a thorough knowledge of Asia, and China in particular, in this era. I will look for this one, although I am in the homestretch of homeschooling, perhaps we can make it a summer fun study!
 
April 28, 2009
There are so much to learn about China! It's great that American kids are finally taking interest. I've heard some foreigners spoke Mandarin perfectly. It's truly amazing! & yet at times some Asians in America are complaining about how difficult Chinese is. That's quite a shame... In any case, whether one likes it or not, China & Chinese are the in-thing for now & possibly for next hundred years!
 
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