The Ming and Qing Dynasties

HIST: Wed., 6/1 (B: SHS)-Thu., 6/2

  1. Debrief reading on Ming and Qing Dynasties: In small groups, prepare to present two of the six reading questions to the class. One should come from the “Main Ideas” questions (3-5) and one from the “Critical Thinking & Writing” questions (6-8).
  2. Group presentations
  3. Video clip on Zheng He, Engineering an Empire: China (approx. 34:00 to 41:00)
  4. “Quest” overview: Concept of the dynastic cycle and the mandate of heaven, Chinese ethical systems, sequence of dynasties, approximate time periods of each dynasty, 1-2 defining features of each dynasty.
  5. Review time

Reading questions from textbook:

  1. How did Beijing become the capital of China?
  2. What evidence indicates that China lost interest in contacts abroad after 1433?
  3. What did Christian missionaries bring to China?
  4. Do you think Lord George Macartney should have kowtowed to Emperor Qian-long? Why?
  5. What factors, both within China and outside its borders, contributed to the downfall of the Ming Dynasty?
  6. What was Korea’s relationship with China under the Qing Dynasty?

Homework due next class—Fri., 6/3 (A): Study for multiple choice “quest” (quiz/test) on Dynastic China: 15 questions, 30 points.

Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties

HIST: Tue., 5/31 (A)

Agenda:

  1. Establish dynastic timeline – partial timeline on p. 338
  2. Debrief questions on Tang and Song dynasties
  3. Kublai Kahn video clip (first 10 min.)
  4. One whiteboard: Everyone writes 1 interesting fact from the video
  5. Discussion

Homework due next class—Wed., 6/1 (B: SHS)-Thu., 6/2: Read pp. 536-541 in World History, section on the Ming & Qing dynasties. Answer questions 3-8 at the end of the section on page 541.

Work Time for Econ Issue Presentations

ECON: Tue., 5/31 (A: 11A & SEHS)-Wed., 6/1 (B: 11B)
Agenda:

  1. Work Time for Econ Issue Presentations

Homework due next class—Wed., 6/1 (B: SEHS)-Thu., 6/2 (C: SHS): None. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar and economics issue presentations.

Blueprint Workshop

ECON: Thu., 5/26 (B: SEHS)-Fri., 5/27 (C: SHS)
Agenda:

  1. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar

Homework due next class—Tue., 5/31 (A: 11A & SEHS)-Wed., 6/1 (B: 11B): None. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar and economics issue presentations.

The Han Dynasty

HIST: Thu., 5/26 (B: SHS)-Fri., 5/27 (C: SEHS)
Agenda:

  1. Complete inventions scroll activity
  2. Debrief scroll activity
  3. Discuss focus question: “To what extent did the Han dynasty follow the pattern of the dynastic cycle? Give examples from the beginning of the dynasty, the height of its power, and its decline.”
  4. China/Europe Class structure comparison (pp. 202 vs. 361) with partners
  5. Class discussion: Did Han China have feudalism?
  6. Imperial civil service exam: Meritocracy or plutocracy? Connections to America?

Homework due next class—Tue., 5/31 (A): Read pp. 322-329 in World History. Address the following questions:

  1. Give an example of a cultural, artistic, scientific or economic accomplishment under the Sui, Tang and Song dynasties. (One accomplishment per dynasty, three total.)
  2. Give three examples from the chapter of the dynastic cycle in action. Does the cycle accurately describe the history of the Sui, Tang and Song?
  3. Name at least one positive development and at least one negative development for the status of women during the Tang and Song dynasties. Were the developments overall more positive or negative in your view?
  4. In your own words, summarize the main idea of the chapter in one carefully constructed sentence.

Blueprint Workshop

ECON: Wed., 5/25 (A: 11A & SEHS)-Thu., 5/26 (B: 11B)
Agenda:

  1. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar

Homework due next class—Thu., 5/26 (B: SEHS)-Fri., 5/27 (C: SHS): None. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar and economics issue presentations.

Chinese Ingenuity

HIST: Wed., 5/25 (A)
Agenda:

  1. Chinese inventions scroll activity

Homework due next class—Thu., 5/26 (B: SHS)-Fri., 5/27 (C: SEHS): Read pp. 200-207 in World History and take 1.5-2 pages of Cornell notes. At the top of your note sheet, write the following focus question:

“To what extent did the Han dynasty follow the pattern of the dynastic cycle? Give examples from the beginning of the dynasty, the height of its power, and its decline.”

Answer the focus question with a short paragraph at the end of your notes (10 points).

Work Time for Econ Issue Presentations

ECON: Mon., 5/23 (B: SEHS)-Tue., 5/24 (C: SHS)
Agenda:

  1. Work on economics issue presentations

Homework due next class—Wed., 5/25 (A: 11A & SEHS)-Thu., 5/26 (B: 11B): None, but issue presentations are due Mon., 6/6 (B: SEHS)-Tue., 6/7 (C: SHS) for 100 points.

Political Philosophers

HIST: Mon., 5/23 (B: SHS)-Tue., 5/24
Agenda:

  1. Overview of Chinese philosophers
  2. Video clip: Repression under Qin Dynasty
  3. Which ethical system did the Qin use? Which do you agree with? Why?
  4. The matchup: Chinese v. Western political philosophers
  5. Class discussion on philosopher matches

Homework due next class—Wed., 5/25 (A): Read pp. 200-207 in World History and take 1.5-2 pages of Cornell notes. At the top of your note sheet, write the following focus question:

“To what extent did the Han dynasty follow the pattern of the dynastic cycle? Give examples from the beginning of the dynasty, the height of its power, and its decline.”

Answer the focus question with a short paragraph at the end of your notes (10 points).

Responsible Use of Credit Cards

ECON: Fri., 5/20 (A: 11A & SEHS)-Mon., 5/23 (B: 11B)
Agenda:

  1. Brainstorm pros and cons of credit cards
  2. Calculate interest on different borrowing scenarios (How much does it really cost?)
  3. Use the following credit card calculator: http://www.creditcards.com/calculators/payoff.php
  4. Interpret example credit card statement (What does your statement tell you?)
  5. Compare features of different credit cards (Shopping for credit)

Homework due next class—Mon., 5/23 (B: SEHS)-Tue., 5/24 (C: SHS): None. Work on blueprint assignment for Seminar.