Year 7 Ancient China

This research guide is under construction (I haven’t had time to fully hyperlink). You are welcome to use what I have done below and/or look at my on Ancient China Photo: Terra-Cotta warriors, China.

Australian Curriculum – Ancient China

  • The physical features of China (such as the Yellow River) and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there (ACDSEH005)
  • Roles of key groups in Chinese society in this period (such as kings, scholars, craftsmen, women), including the influence of law and religion (ACDSEH041)
  • The significant beliefs, values and practices of Chinese society, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: everyday life, warfare, or death and funerary customs (ACDSEH042)
  • Contacts and conflicts within and/or with other societies, resulting in developments such as the expansion of trade, the rise of Imperial China (including its material remains), and the spread of philosophies and beliefs (ACDSEH043)
  • The role of a significant individual in ancient Chinese history such as Confucius or Qin Shi Huang (ACDSEH132)

Keywords (all found reading a Yr 7 textbook)

  • Ancient China
  • Timeframe 2000BCE- 220CE
  • Various dynasties – XIA, Shang, Zho, Qin, Han
  • Significant people/ideas – Shi Huangdi, Confucianism, Daoism, Cosmology

Textbook chapters/resources

Whilst I have taught many aspects of China, as we face a new curriculum, I find the contents of these texts somewhat reassuring.  I use them to keep me and the kids on track.

Click to access BI_HISTORY_5_Ch5_Ebook.pdf

Click to access religion-anc-china.pdf


Given the breadth of timeframe and topics, not as easy as other areas to use an encyclopaedia.

Suggest you use the names of the dynasties in your search.  For example, Qin Dynasty

Other resources produced specifically for schools 

Why not mix Depth Study 1  Investigating the Ancient Past with Ancient China as this document proposes.

A video and study guide from Marcom. This program highlights the first four Chinese dynasties , beginning with the Han Dynasty, founded in 206 BC, and continuing back in time through the Qin, Zhou and earliest Shang Dynasties.The roots of the civilization that gave the world paper and printing and built the G reat Wall are still being unearthed by arch a e o l o gists working in China today.

Great Wall of China Unit of Work – VELS Level 5

Grade 7 Unit of Work (US) – complete with lesson plans and maps

Museums and Monuments

Asia Society Museum of New York
Art Institute of Chicago
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
The British Museum: Ancient China

Freer and Sackler Galleries
Kimbell Art Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts In addition to the British Museum site this is one of the most user friendly
Pacific Asia Museum

National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) has some good archaeology resources.

Monuments of China – A massive list of buildings, monuments and shrines in China, with accompanying information.  Questionable usefulness apart from images.

Other monument sites –

 General  Resources

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
Visually appealing and easy to navigate.  Topics include Geography (including timeline and maps), Ancient tombs, Buddhism, Calligraphy, Military technology, Painting, Homes, Gardens, Clothing and Graphic arts

History for Kids China

Ancient Web

National Geographic  good for visuals

BBC  – Timelines/artefacts

Specific topics

Most of the resources listed above cover the topics in the Australian Curriculum.  Indeed, the textbooks do the hard parts quite well.  However, the following may also help  –

The physical features of China

Map of China

Map showing Great Wall of China

The Silk Road and Eurasian Geography – FOR TEACHERS  – INFORMATION IS TOO EXTENSIVE

Roles of key groups in Chinese society in this period

History Timeline You +1’d this publicly. Undo

An in-depth history of China, organized according to time periods

EAWC Chronology  starts at 2205-1766 BCE

Game of “Go” and Chinese society

Influence of law

The significant beliefs, values and practices of Chinese society,

The TT Tsui collection of Chinese ceramics – Spiritual Beliefs in Ancient China. A selection of  ceramics, which were essential elements of the elaborate funeral rituals of the Chinese emperors and the most powerful members of the aristocracy, demonstrate the skills of the craftsmen and the complexity of Chinese religious beliefs

Acclaimed author Alison Lloyd , has produced some child friendly information On life in Ancient China to support her novels.

National Geographic

Contacts and conflicts within and/or with other societies

The silk road –

The Great Wall of China

The role of a significant individual


Qin Shi Huang

Discovery Channel First Emperor of China feature – How would you rule China? First emperor of China personality scale

Other research guides



5 thoughts on “Year 7 Ancient China

  1. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

    Posted by B. Marek | September 20, 2013, 3:59 pm
  2. this is amazing – thanks for sharing and for your hard work

    Posted by sarah | January 19, 2014, 8:09 pm
  3. VEA has produced two videos and print materials to address ACDSEH132 and ACDSEH041 of the Australian Curriculum: Confucius in Ancient China and Key Groups in Ancient China.

    Posted by Jackie Grant | June 27, 2014, 12:12 pm
  4. Thanks for creating this resource. Excellent!

    Posted by Ms Bowden | May 31, 2015, 7:54 pm


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