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Keywords: Marketing, Inventions, China
Subject(s): Civics, Social Studies, Spelling, Geography, Grammar, Writing, History, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Lakewood Middle School, Woodland, MI
Planned By: Kate Prominski
Original Author: Kate Prominski, Woodland

Chinese Inventions Project
The situation:
Your group is an advertising agency hired to convince people to buy one of the major inventions of Ancient China. Your group may choose between the following presentation styles:
• Advertisement/Commercial with a printed flyer
• Inventor Reenactment skit with a printed flyer
• Rap or song about your invention with a printed flyer
Pick a computer to do both your groups printed advertisement and imovie project on. Sign your name and computer number on the board.
Skit leader
Group Manager—oversees skit and contributes to the skit. Spell checks and proofreads the printed advertisement. Adds the special effects/music/transitions to the imovie
Worker-Printed Advertisement

Extra Credit will go to the team who delivers the highest quality presentation to the class☺
The Requirements:
(a) ALL members must participate in the presentation
(b) Presentations must include a print ad (poster, brochure, flyer)
(c) Presentations must include historical information about the invention
(d) Presentations must be between 30 to 90 seconds

Today’s Research Questions:

1) What is the name of your invention?

2) When was it invented? During what dynasty?

3) What problem does your invention help to solve?

4) Who invented the invention?

5) What did it do?

6) How does it work?

7) How is the modern day product like the ancient one? (how did it change)
These websites can be helpful!!!



• People in Societies: Describe the cultural & scientific legacies of Chinese civilization

A As a whole, the group demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the invention and its importance.
B As a whole, the group demonstrated a satisfactory (while individually this student demonstrated an in depth) understanding of the invention and its importance.
C As a whole, the group demonstrated a satisfactory understanding of the invention and its importance.
D As a whole the group demonstrated a minimal understanding of the invention and its importance.
F As a whole the group failed to demonstrate an acceptable understanding of the Invention and its importance, or this student did not participate in the presentation

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This would allow for so many interactive projects in the classroom.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
English language arts, social studies, math, dramatic arts
Students will respond to presentations
Materials: Mobile Labs, Video Cameras, Flip Video, DVD Camcorder, CDs and DVDs, Hard Drives, Printers, Camera/Video Accessories, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Social Studies, Cause and Effect
Other Items: 35 Google Chromebooks, $152.49 each, total of $5337.15
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