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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 3, China case study

This is a sample case study of China relating to the grade three scope and sequence, titled: China Case Study. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of both the humanities and social sciences as well as museum curators.

This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on the geography, history and cultural practices of the most populous nation in the world. Topics of representative lessons in this unit include the Grand Canal and Great Wall, an exploration of the environmental challenges faced in modern day China, Chinese folklore, and a journey on the Silk Road. Lessons also emphasize the importance of civic participation and human rights. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, Holidays and Celebrations with a focus on Lunar New Year, interpreting images, such as paintings, maps, and images of important cultural symbols. Lessons about significant individuals in the past and in present day China are highlighted throughout activities to encourage civic engagement and highlight the role of the individual in effecting change. This unit also includes formative assessments and a performance-based assessment on comparing China to other world communities.

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessment plans.

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Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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