China in the World

China in the World (book and CD-ROM set) explores China’s captivating history through engrossing historical narrative and hundreds of primary sources. Unit overviews, introductory essays, and time lines provide the context for appreciating the events and implications of China’s complex history. A wealth of primary sources—imperial edicts, sea captains’ letters, short stories, poetry, essays, posters, photographs, and cartoons—allows students to explore events from multiple perspectives and through many genres. Primary source-based activities foster analytical thinking, hone verbal skills, and ask students to consider history as a complicated, messy, and fascinating subject.

Online Seminar

China in the World

Watch a presentation by the Curriculum Specialists at Primary Source, authors of "China in the World: A History Since 1644", as they discuss ways of teaching modern Chinese history in the high school or college classroom, from the Qing Dynasty to the 2008 Olympics. The presenters propose that to get students to truly understand the significance of the dramatic appearance of China on the world stage during last summer's Olympics, it is necessary to go back into China's history. Various activities, timelines and primary source materials will be shown as examples of resources that can be used to make history exciting and relevant for students.

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New Resources for Teaching Chinese History and Culture

Watch a recording of the webinar: "New Resources for Teaching Chinese History and Culture" below!

Developed by the curriculum experts at Primary Source, "The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China" and "China in the World: A History Since 1644" are the perfect way to bring both ancient and modern Chinese history and culture into your classroom. In this webinar Primary Source guide your exploration of these texts and introduce a new collection of free online resources for teaching in a global context. Suggestions on how to use these materials in both social studies and Chinese language classrooms is also be discussed. This webinar is particularly suitable for educators in grades 5-12.