Our focus for these next two days will be
on the way in which China and Japan emerge, or are forced to emerge,
from periods of relative isolation. Today it will be China, and
tomorrow's focus will be on Japan. We'll do two more lessons on
America's economic imperialism and the Mexican Revolution next week.
That's it for our first quarter together. I'll have Unit #6 Exam information
China and the World - Introduction
spend a few minutes together here at the top to make sure you have at
least a basic understanding of some of the key events from China's
history in the 19th century. Remember that they had largely chosen a
path of isolation once the Age of European Exploration began.
At a minimum, you should be familiar with:
- Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911)
- Opium War (1839)
- Treaty of Nanjing (1842)
- Hong Kong
- extraterritorial rights
- Taiping Rebellion (1850 - 1864)
- Open Door Policy
- Boxer Rebellion (1900)
19th Century China - Learning by Doing
your chance to decide which way you want to go about learning some more
about events from 19th century China. You have three choices that are
described below. Because I believe they have varying degrees of
difficulty and complexity, I am making them worth different numbers of
It works like this. The assignment is worth 10 points. Here are the values for the different options.
- China Crossword
- You CAN receive
up to 10 points for work that meets all expectations.
- Opium War: Primary Sources
- You CAN receive
up to 11 points for work that goes beyond the basic expectations. That
is done at my discretion.
- 10 points for solid work that meets all expectations. You CAN
receive up to 12 points for work that goes beyond the basic
expectations. That is done at my discretion.
all of these cases, you can work in a group of up to 3 people if you
would like. I need all of these assignments turned in by the end of Wednesday to get full credit. Since I won't necessarily know who is
working with whom, I need all names of group members to be on the
Here are the particulars for the given assignments:
China - Crossword:
any of the readily available crossword puzzle makers from the Internet.
(Note: You do this at your own risk. I make no allowances for
complaints like, "The website didn't work," or "We couldn't figure out
how to print it.")
need at least 15 clues and answers drawing from the material in Chapter
28, Section 1 and related topics. I should get both a "blank" puzzle
with clues and a completed copy of the clues from you.
Opium War: Primary Sources:
is just what it sounds like. You'll get a copy of documents from both
the British and the Chinese related to the Opium War. You are
responsible for submitting answers to the six "Questions" (pp. 290 -
291), as well as to at least one of the "For Further Discussion"
questions (p. 291).
Make Your Own DBQ:
is your chance to create your own document based question on sources
related to 19th century China. You can do either a general look at the
period or a more specific focus on a particular period or event or
Here are the required elements:
needs to be a "question." (It's the "big picture" under which the
documents all fit, or it is the essay topic from the ones we've looked
at in class.)
- There should be a paragraph of relevant historical background information.
need to provide excerpts from at least five relevant documents.
Documents can include quotations, excerpts, maps, photographs, letters,
laws and perhaps more. (Each should have a question to be answered, as
do the ones we've used in class.)
- All documents must be identified by author, title and date as necessary.
- The DBQ should be reasonably free of spelling and grammar errors.
You're free to use any appropriate sources, but here are two suggested places to do some looking...
- China's Disaster: 1840 - 1949 - a portion of Paul Halsall's vast collection of on-line primary sources
- Asia for Educators
- This site from Columbia University has a lot of information in
various places around the site. (Check China - 1750 to 1914 as a start.)
Homework for tomorrow - Friday, January 8th
Please continue your reading in the final chapter of the quarter. Read Chapter
28, Section 2, "Modernization in Japan." (pp. 810 - 813) The quiz will be multiple choice.
Please return the quiz for Chapter 27, Section 3 by tomorrow.
"Cartoons: Industrialization and Imperialism" assignments are due tomorrow.
You can find the directions for that way back on Lesson #25.
Your "Blog-a-thon" entry is due by the start of school on Monday, January 11th.
and final batch of Current Events will be due on Tuesday, January 12th.
It will be the same format as last time. You can download a
template and find the information about the assignment back on Lesson
It would be great if I got the China Create-An-Assignments turned in by next Wednesday as well. You can certainly email them to meas attachments as well.