Agenda for Week of Oct 24, 2011

Agenda for the week of October 24, 2011 through October 28, 2011
Learning Targets:
• To explore the role of China as “superpower” among the third-wave civilizations
• To examine China’s deep influence on East Asia
• To consider the ways in which interaction with other peoples had an impact on China
• To encourage students to question modern assumptions about China 

Monday, October 24, 2011
Quote of the Day: "He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened." - Tao Te Ching

1. Reading Check Quiz Chapter 9. (Students may use their notes from Chapter 9)
--Any students who did not take the test on Friday will do so now during the class--
2. DO NOW after quiz - Students will write out their answer on a separate sheet of paper, using their text books:
Big Picture Question #1. 
Q1. In what ways did Tang and Song dynasty China resemble the classical Han dynasty period, and in what ways had China changed?
And these margin review questions:   
Q2. Why are the centuries of the Tang and Song dynasties in China sometimes referred to as a “golden age”? Also, In what ways did women’s lives change during the Tang and Song dynasties? And, How did the Chinese and their nomadic neighbors to the north view each other?

3. Review of the DO NOW questions and introduction to Chapter 9. (See Notes for Chapter)
4. Mr. Duez will pick up the student's answers to the 2 questions at the door as students leave. (They will get them back tomorrow at the beginning of the period)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price." - Sun Tzu

1. DO NOW Questions: 
Q. What assumptions underlay the tribute system?Q. How did the tribute system in practice differ from the ideal Chinese understanding of its operation?Discussion of the Do Now Questions (see Notes for Chapter)
2. Video from Engineering an Empire: China (The building of the Grand Canal)
3. After the video, we'll discuss the economic power of China. (see Notes for Chapter)

Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday October 27, 2011
Quote of the Day: "When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear." -  Zen Proverb

1. DO NOW Questions:
Based on this chapter, how would you respond to the idea that China was a self-contained or isolated civilization?
2. Students will read (in groups) and discuss these sources from chapter 9. Each group will do one document and also the visual sources. We will have 6 groups. After reading and discussing in the group, they will present to the class:
1. Document 9.1 - Japanese Political Ideas - SHOTOKU, The Seventeen Article Constitution, 604
2. Document 9.2 - DOGEN, Writings on Zen Buddhism, Thirteenth Century
3. Document 9.5 - SHIBA YOSIMASA, Advice to Young Samurai, ca. 1400 -AND- IMAGAWA RYOSHUN, The Imagawa Letter, 1412
*4. Visual Sources - Considering the Evidence: The Leisure Life of China’s Elites
3. With the time remaining, we will discuss these two questions (see Notes from Chapter):
  How can you explain the changing fortunes of Buddhism in China?  How did China influence the world beyond East Asia? How was China itself transformed by its encounters with a wider world?

Friday, October 28, 2011
Quote of the Day:  "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha

1. TEST Chapter 9
2. Students will use the remainder of the period to read from Strayer Chapter 10. Quiz on Monday.