World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 7: Early China

Student Web Activity

“Early China”

In this chapter you have learned about China's first civilizations and the dynasties that ruled them. China was often threatened by its neighbors to the north. Chinese rulers constructed the Great Wall of China to protect their country from invaders. In this activity, you'll learn more about this man-made barrier. Visit the Web site Walk the Great Wall of China to take an interactive tour of the Great Wall.

Destination Title: Walk the Great Wall of China

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Begin at Walk the Great Wall of China.

  • Move your cursor over the image to highlight different sections. Choose a section to investigate by clicking your mouse.
  • As you browse through the images, be sure to read the content below the image, taking notes as you go.

After you have read these pages, answer the following questions.

How did the Great Wall protect the Chinese?
What were the purposes of the watchtowers and beacon towers along the Great Wall?
The invention of this item reduced the effectiveness of the Great Wall. Why is this so?
What materials were used to build the Great Wall?
You're on vacation in China, and you decide to visit the Great Wall. Are you surprised by the commercial presence at the Great Wall? Create a Venn diagram to outline the pros and cons of the extreme popularity of such a site.
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