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Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism: How do different belief systems fit together in one country? [PDF]
The Field Museum
In this lesson plan students will explore three major belief systems in China–Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism - through art and artifacts. Through discussion and object-study, students will wrestle with how these different belief systems co-existed in China, and how they influenced and Informed each other. Spanish PDF also available.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/lifeways.pdf
Confucius, Shotoku, and the Golden Rule
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Confucian thought, Prince Shotoku’s Constitution, and the Golden Rule provide an opportunity for teachers and students to develop a shared vision for learning and classroom relationships. By looking at these ancient sayings, modern-day students can formulate their own rules of conduct.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/confucius-shotoku-and-golden-rule
Confucius: His Impact on Chinese Culture and the “Great Man Theory of History”
The Cleveland Museum of Art
This lesson plan explores Confucian thought through an investigation of Chinese paintings from the museum’s collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/confucius-his-impact-chinese-cul...
Exploring Japan: An Interactive Learning Experience
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
"Exploring Japan for grade six students offers students an opportunity for self-directed learning: three 'Learning Objects' may be investigated through a variety of delivery systems including maps, imagery, video clips and didactic material." The following topics are covered under each "Learning Object": 1) Samurai -- Arms and Armour; 47 Ronin; Bushido; Noh Theatre; 2) Meiji -- Geography; Technology; The Emperor; Lifestyles; 3) Spirituality -- Haniwa; Shinto; Buddhism; Confucianism. See the "Information for Teachers" section for a full list of learning objectives for each section.

Go to Museum Resource: http://aggv.ca/sites/default/virtual_exhibits/exploring_japan/index.html?q=exhi...
The Four Religions of East Asia
The Cleveland Museum of Art
This lesson provides an introduction to China and Japan's four major religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/four-religions-east-asia
The Life of a Chinese Scholar
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Students will learn about Confucianism and Chinese scholar poets through exploring art and literature. Students will read the works of Confucius and see the effect that Confucian teachings had on Chinese government and culture.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/life-a-chinese-scholar
Testing the Scholars: How do you choose who runs a dynasty? Why do people seek power? [PDF]
The Field Museum
In this lesson plan students will explore the classical Chinese civil servants exam system, compare it to their current exam systems, and construct their own ideas of what it means to be qualified for a role and how to prove qualification.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/scholar.pdf
The Three Perfections: Calligraphy, Poetry, and Painting
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Students in this activity will develop their appreciation of the different styles, and of the form, beauty, and grace of the Chinese written language.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.clevelandart.org/lesson-plan-packet/three-perfections-calligraphy-po...
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