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Home School Life Journal ................................................................................................................painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Medieval Asia: China

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Sui and Tang Dynasties (589-907)

  • Read a history spine, such as The Story of the Middle Ages, S. B. Harding from Heritage History Library, Kingfisher History EncyclopediaThe Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color and label an appropriate map such as the one from History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Mark significant dates on your timeline.

Song Dynasty (960-1279)

After the Tang dynasty fell, China became fragmented. Northwest China was taken over by Tibetans; the northeast by Mongols Khans; southeast by Thailand and the south by Vietnamese. The Song period saw advancements such as gunpowder, rockets, clocks, movable type printing, paddlewheel boats, magnetic compass and porcelain.

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.

From about 1353, the Black Death broke out across China.
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Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

After a long campaign, the Mongols were driven out of China. During this peaceful period, China looked outward, exporting and importing goods to India, Middle East and Africa. From 1517 onward, the Portuguese and other Europeans traded mostly in Canton. Starting about 1552, major attacks on shipping by pirates off the coast of China affected trade. Rebels eventually took over much of China and in 1644, the Ming dynasty fell.

  • Read from The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World HistoryA Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer, Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer or The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
    Quentin (age 11) decided to make a timeline that shows what was happening in the West on the left and the Chinese Dynasties listed on the right, with the approximate dates in the middle.
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.
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2 comments:

  1. I've always loved this era. Did your kids enjoy this? Years ago I played a Nintendo game about these dynasties and I loved it. :)

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  2. Love all the learning that comes out of your posts!

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