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The Time Compass: Ancient China

20 minutes

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Beginning at 5,000 years B.C., this episode traces the Chinese dynasties to the time of Qin Shi Huang and the construction of the Great Wall of China. Next, the scene shifts to the birth of Confucius and the principles of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Viewers also learn about Chinese medicine, calligraphy, gardens, and Chinese inventions, including the creation of silk fabric. This naturally leads to the history of the Silk Road and Marco Polo's adventures in ancient China.

Media Details

Runtime: 20 minutes

The Time Compass
Episode 1
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 2
18 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 3
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 4
16 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 5
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 6
17 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 7
19 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 8
15 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 9
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
The Time Compass
Episode 10
17 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8

Viewer Comments

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    Laura S. (Raeford, NC)
    March 23rd, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    This tied up our unit on China beautifully! It's great for all levels of learners in my class, and the kids always have questions after we finish watching the films.

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    Elizabeth L. (Redwood City, CA)
    March 7th, 2017 at 02:27 PM

    This is an excellent series that provides a good overview of the time period and all aspects of the civilization: social structure, religion, culture, government, achievements, etc.

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    LeAnn D. (Bunkie, LA)
    January 31st, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    My students love the Time Compass Series.