Objective: Chapter 1, The Yi Peoples The seafaring tradition of China started with the Southern Yi people and dates back as far as 4000 B.C. The objective of this lesson is to examine the Yi people and why they were forced to rely on the sea for their livelihood.
1) Class Discussion: When did the seafaring tradition begin with the Yi people? Where did the Yi people begin? What did they not have available to them? Why were they forced to turn to the sea? Why did they choose to turn to the sea for their livelihood? Where did they migrate to? Where did they take boats? What were the Southern Yi considered? Why were they considered the world's first boat people? Why did they cross a body of water? What was the archaeological evidence? Why was this evidence significant?
2) Group Work: Mapping: Students should map the areas which...
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