Attitudes Towards Nature in Daoist Art

WEB LESSON This short lesson features some famous Chinese poems that help students understand the difference between how many Westerners view nature versus how many Chinese (particularly Daoists and the literati) felt about and represented the natural world in art and poetry.

China's Great Sage

WEB LESSON What do the sayings attributed to Confucius tell us about the values inherent in Confucianism? In these sayings, what is specific to China and what is universal? Students read, analyze, and paraphrase translations from The Analects as a means of understanding key elements of Confucianism.

Excerpts from Analects for Women

PRIMARY SOURCE LESSON Confucius said little about the roles and expectations of women in society and the family. Latter scholars interpreted the Analects and other writings to set these standards and they became vary influential in the pre-modern era of Chinese society.