Syllabus bites – the First Emperor

Secondary KLA:
Human Society and its Environment
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8

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Ancient Chinese painting showing scholars being thrown into a pit and books being burned

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This resource is about the role of Qin Shi Huang in Ancient Chinese history. The resource first examines how the state of Qin emerged from the Warring States period as the dominant force before considering the achievements of Qin Shi Huang, such as the measures he took in unifying China. His tyrannical behaviour is then discussed, including the burning of books and the execution of scholars who remained loyal to Confucian principles.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(HT4-2) describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past

(HT4-3) describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies

(HT4-6) uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

(HT4-7) identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

(HT4-9) uses a range of historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past

(HT4-10) selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate about the past

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACDSEH132) The role of a significant individual in ancient Chinese history such as Confucius or Qin Shi Huang

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Ancient history, Chinese history
File type:
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Resource ID: 936fce1b-8869-48dc-b7fb-bd9eec3794b3