Ancient Civilizations: Ancient China for Middle/High School Special Ed



Total Pages 194 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Ancient China takes a look at this 4000 year period and its long dynasty rule. It contains 195 pages and 40 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school. This unit addresses Ancient China in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how Ancient China developed over time throughout the various dynasties. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

This unit also includes a second book that takes a closer look at each dynasty. The goal is not to get students to memorize each one, but to become familiar with how history progressed over this long period of time. The entire unit can be done without this additional book, using just the book that is an overview instead.

✩✩✩ This unit now has digital versions of the printable activities. There are 40 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.

✩✩✩ Thanks to a suggestion from a buyer, I am now going to be including detailed lesson plans with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials. 

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Ancient China Unit Includes:

  • 10 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 38 page book on Ancient China with voice recorded power point show (includes movie version)
  • 34 page book on The Dynasties of Ancient China with voice recorded PowerPoint show (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 10 Dynasty cards
  • 2 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Maps of China and geographical features (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity:  Differences between the three main religions (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 4 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not book or large timeline cards) are in color and BW.


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.