Current research stresses that students should be reading more primary sources in history, and relying less on secondary sources such as textbooks. This article explains the rationale for using historical documents in the classroom. It includes a sample lesson, suggestions for choosing primary sources, and links to historical primary source sites.
This document contains excerpts from Han Feizi, a legalist official who served during the Qin dynasty and illustrates both the harsh punishments and justifications for these punishments. It includes open-ended discussion questions.
Adapted from Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9 by a U.S. History teacher in California, the article describes the benefits of writing about history. It also encourages teachers to consider the perspectives of which history is written and how this influences popular interpretations of the past.
Background information, discussion questions, and well-designed activities are included in this packet, designed to prepare students for a visit to the terra-cotta warrior exhibit at the British Museum. This is a very "meaty" resource, and well worth your time.The materials are divided into grade levels.
The discovery of new terra-cotta warriors in 2012 was a major archaeological find, and this article describes the significance. Students will enjoy seeing the photos of archaeologists in white gloves carefully exploring the statues. As an enrichment activity, students could research the tools that archaeologists use, or the education required to become an archaeologist.
The video introduces students to the discovery and excavation of the massive tomb complex of China's first Emperor, including the 8000 Terra Cotta Warrior army that the Emperor intended to accompany him into the next life.