Chinese Dynasties Project Scenario: You are part of a team of television journalists transported back in time to a famous Chinese dynasty. You have been asked to produce a “newsmagazine” show (like 60 Minutes or Dateline) about this dynasty. You will create an episode of your show ready to be presented in the present day. Each team will be assigned one Chinese dynasty to research and develop a news-style presentation to the class. The dynasties that will be covered are: Sui Tang Song Yuan Ming Procedure: Each team of journalists will consist of 3 - 5 members (depending on class size/teacher discretion). The team will “produce” a newsmagazine show about their Chinese dynasty. Each team member will be responsible for creating one segment of the news show, lasting 4-6 minutes. Requirements: An introduction previewing each of your team’s stories. Each newscast must have a technological visual aid in it. Each team must select a team leader, whose responsibility will be to act as a link between the group and the teacher. They will be asked to report the team’s progress. Prior to project presentations, each group will be required to turn in an outline of their presentations. Each segment will be outlined in a wellformed paragraphs or an outline breaking down of what is in each segment. Each group will create a worksheet, with at least 5 questions, that will be given to the class as a study reference on your dynasty. All questions must be answered in your newscast! When given the opportunity to work on the project in-class, the group must be productive. If at any time a team is not being productive, it can have points taken off at the teacher’s discretion. If one member of a team is unproductive but the rest of the team is following directions, then the unproductive student will have points taken off. Segment Information History: How was this dynasty started? What were some of the important events that unfolded during this time? How did this dynasty come to an end? These questions should be answered in this segment. Innovation: This segment is about an invention or idea that has created during the dynasty that changed China (and the world) forever. The reporter should talk about the invention, describe what it is, how it came to be (and if known, who invented it), and about its impact on history. Culture: The segment should talk about a cultural achievement from China at this time. Areas that can be used include art, literature, theatre, dance, fashion, food, martial arts, and religion, although these are not the only topics available. Profile: This segment is a “mini-biography” on a famous political, military, or cultural figure of the dynasty. You should talk about his or her life and what he or she did for China. Interview: This is the last segment where one journalist interviews one of his or her teammates, who will be pretending to be a figure from the dynasty. The figure can be a famous ruler, an inventor, a cultural figure, or the subject of the profile story. It must relate to one of the other segments.