Letter: Life in ancient China
Summary of task
Students were asked to adopt the perspective of a peasant in ancient China and to write a letter describing the main features of their life. This task was undertaken at the end of a unit on ancient China in which students investigated housing, work, clothing, recreation, and family and social structures. The task was completed in class in three 50-minute lessons with students given the opportunity to draft and edit their work.
By the end of Year 7, students explain the role of groups and the significance of particular individuals in past societies. They suggest reasons for change and continuity over time. They describe the effects of change on societies, individuals and groups and describe events and developments from the perspective of people who lived at the time. They identify past events and developments that have been interpreted in different ways.
Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, using dating conventions to represent and measure time. When researching, students develop significant questions to frame a historical inquiry. They identify and select a range of primary and secondary sources and locate, compare and use relevant information and evidence to answer inquiry questions. They analyse information and evidence to determine their origin, purpose and usefulness and to identify past and present values and perspectives. Students develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations. In developing these texts and organising and presenting their findings, they use historical terms and concepts, incorporate relevant sources, and acknowledge their sources of information.
Makes generalisations about the lives of peasants in ancient China
Presents the personal perspective of an imagined individual from the past
Creates an appropriate text conveying empathy for people in the past