Wednesday, May 15, 2013


We're into Ancient China - and looking at their first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di.  (Normally, I just call him Qin.)

Qin was a beast.  Seriously, he led a pretty grandiose life.  (As far as being a beast, he is referred to as "The Tiger of Qin.)  We started studying that life today, and we'll go a little more in depth the rest of the week.

Students will be making presentations based on Qin's unification of China, his standardization of the culture, his burning of Confuscian books, his building of the pretty good Great Wall, and his death and burial.  I'm expecting some great presentations.

It's worth mentioning that I'm calling him China's first Emperor - as many people do.  But someone out there may be reading this and saying, "but he WASN'T China's first Emperor."  True, true.  Kind of true.  We addressed that today as well.

John Hanson agrees with you.  Qin wasn't China's first Emperor.  Yu was.  (Well, Paoxi may take issue with that...)

If you want the extra credit, read and discuss the blog with an adult.  Tell the adult what we did in class today.  Then, click on the three links at the end.  On a scrap of paper, write a sentence explaining why you think I included them in the blog.  Have the adult sign the paper.  Turn it in tomorrow.

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