Post-Classical China and Dehydrated Essays

Classwork for Friday, September 11th:

Using your textbook, the Southernization article from yesterday, and the PowerPoint on Post-Classical China, please complete the charts you received in class today on the Sui, Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties.  (If you have lost the charts, you may download a new copy here: Post-Classical China Charts.)

If you do not finish your work on Post-Classical China today during class, you will need to complete it for homework this weekend, in addition to the assignment below.


Homework for Friday, September 11th:

This weekend, you are to complete the following assignment as practice for your upcoming in-class comparative essay on Wednesday, September 16th.  You should have received your first comparative essay back in class today– please use  it as a guide to help you determine what areas you need to work on for this assignment.

On a six by four inch index card (like the one you got today in class), you will write a “dehydrated essay.”  That is, you will respond to the comparative essay prompt below in an abbreviated form.

On the front of your index card, please write your thesis statement.  Put your name in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  It should look like this:

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On the back of the index card, you will will create a 3 by 3 grid.  Here’s how it should look:

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The first row of the grid will be where you will identify the direct comparisons of similarities and differences which you would address in a full essay.  You need to write your direct comparison as a complete sentence.

The second row of the grid is where you should write three specific pieces of evidence you could use to support each direct comparison.  Bullet points are fine for this part.

The third row of the grid is where you will write an analysis (a statement explaining WHY or HOW a direct comparison exists) of the direct comparison in each column.  This should be a complete sentence.

Your essay prompt is as follows:

Compare and contrast the religious and cultural transformations of the post-Classical age in TWO of the following regions:

  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • South Asia

You may use your textbook, notes, and all other (academic) sources in order to complete your dehydrated essay.  We will be using these cards on Monday for an activity in class, so PLEASE make sure you have yours completed, or else things will be slightly awkward.

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Reminders and Resources for Monday

Sorry for the late posting, guys!  I got distracted during my planning period yesterday and totally blanked on posting for the weekend.  Remember, for the first 45 minutes of class on Monday, we’ll be doing another ChalkTalk (conversation on paper), like we did on the topic of civilizations.  The topic this time will be on religions and belief systems in the Classical Age, so make sure you:

  • Finish reading and annotating the three articles on religious diffusion from last week.  You should have one on the Jewish diaspora, one on the spread of Buddhism, and another on the spread of Christianity.  You’ll be able to refer back to the texts during our exercise, so make as many notes as you like.
  • Review your textbook readings on Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Legalism.  I’ll be making comparisons to various belief systems in your prompts, so it’s good to be prepared.
  • Watch the following Crash Course videos to give you a little extra background on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.  I’ll also link to various other primary source readings you might find interesting at the underneath the videos, but please know that you are NOT required to read them.  I’m posting them only because I thought you might find them interesting.

Here are some further readings you might be interested in: Excerpts from The Analects (Confucianism), Daoism (writings of Lao Tzu), Hymns from the Rig Veda (Hinduism), Introduction to Buddhism (Buddhism), Judaism and the Law (Judaism), Sermon on the Mount (Christianity).

Additionally, don’t forget that you have your Unit Two test on Tuesday, so there will be an after school study session on Monday, August 31st from 3:40 to 4:40 PM in room 312.

Happy studying!