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India and China

Establish Empires

(400 B.C. - 550 A.D.)

India and China Establish Empires

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: India's First Empires


Students will identify Tamil, Gupta Empire, patriarchal, matriarchal, Mauryan Empire, Asoka, and religious toleration.

Students will explain why governments use spies.

Students will analyze why Mauryan India valued agriculture. 

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Chandragupta Maurya and Asoka.

Students will describe which of Askoa's actions showed the influence of Buddha's teaching of "peace to all beings".

Students will contrast how family systems of the north and south India differed. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 192.

2) Read pages 193 - 199 in course textbook.

Session 2: Trade Spreads Indian Religions and Culture


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Mahayana, Theravada, stupa, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Kalidasa, and Silk Road. 

Students will explain why the changes in Buddhism and Hinduism made these religions more popular. 

Students will analyze the cultural importance of Bollywood in India. 

Students will identify the achievements by Indian mathematicians that are used today. 

Students will summarize how Asian trade routes might have spread Indian sciences and math to other civilizations. 

Students will explain why would dangerous conditions make bankers charge higher interest on loans for trade. 

Students will analyze the spread of Buddhism around the world. 

Students will examine Hindu and Buddhist art. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 197.

2) Read pages 168 - 172 in course textbook.

Session 3: Han Emperors in China


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Han Dynasty, centralized government, civil service, monopoly and assimilation.

Students will examine the geography of the Han Dynasty. 

Students will analyze the structure of Chinese society under the Han Dynasty. 

Students will summarize why Wudi would want his officials to have qualities such as diligence. 

Students will examine the discovery and process of paper making in ancient China. 

Students will analyze the cultural importance of the Silk Road. 

Students will describe the invention that helped feed China's huge population. 

Students will compare the Chinese and Roman empires. 

Students will summarize how Wang Mang's policies helped cause his own downfall. 

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