Learning objects Syllabus Bites: The First Emperor

TLF ID M017724

This resource is about the role of Qin Shi Huang in Ancient Chinese history. The resource first examines how the state of Qin emerged from the Warring State period as the dominant force before considering the achievements of Qin Shi Huang, such as the measures he took in unifying China. His tyrannical behaviour is then discussed, including the burning of books and the execution of scholars who remained loyal to Confucian principles.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent teacher resource for Depth Study 3: The Asian World in the Year 7 History Curriculum and is specifically relevant for a study of a significant individual — the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Students develop skills in the areas of chronology, analysing and evaluating historical sources and a historiographical study of the writings and motives of Sima Qian and other ancient and modern Chinese historians. The resource culminates with its greatest strength, a mock trial of Qin Shi Huang where students evaluate the Emperor’s role in the development of Ancient China. This activity promotes higher-order thinking and an assessment of the evidence and its credibility. Completion of the activities will make a significant contribution towards students’ attaining at least three of the general capabilities. These are critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding and information and communication technology capability. The resource is also valuable for the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority. It considers innovations from Ancient China that have been adopted in Australia and the rest of the world.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: author
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Data contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Publisher
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
Rights
  • © State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2014.