The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China

Primary Source Lessons for Teachers and Students
by Inc. Primary Source

Both an illustrated teacher's guide and a textbook, The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China: Primary Source Lessons for Teachers and Students offers teachers and students a treasure trove of resources. Authored by the curriculum specialists at Primary Source, Inc., the book and CD-ROM combine thoughtful lessons with vivid, authentic materials that create opportunities for students to form their own understanding of Chinese culture and artifacts.

The lessons in The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China are organized in a modular way so teachers have the flexibility to select the order in which they teach an entire course. Schools without a course dedicated to Chinese culture may choose one or more chapters as China segments within their existing world studies course. The first of two volumes, The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China will be followed in summer 2008 by a companion on modern China, China Since 1644.

A lab version (for teachers who wish to use the CD-ROM resources in the classroom) is also available.

Join Primary Source's online professional development course, "The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China." This eight-session, ten-week course will explore the long period from the emergence of China’s earliest civilizations to the end of the dynastic phase in 1911. The online course will feature supplemental readings, scholar podcasts, and web-based activities to engage teachers in some of the most current scholarship, while exploring student-friendly tools and resources. Learn more about the course and register today at


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What an amazing accomplishment...It's really user-friendly and puts so much information right at the teacher's fingertips...There are some wonderfully engaging activities that I think kids would really get into.

— Karen DeRusha, retired teacher, Newton Public Schools

The exceptional activities in Enduring Legacy promote critical thinking, co-operative learning, and engage multiple intelligences. As a fourth grade teacher, I found activities appropriate or adaptable for upper elementary levels. The primary sources provided on the CD save valuable teacher time and support student proclivity for interaction with technology for research.

— Elsie Wu, Andover Public Schools, Andover, MA