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Hero or Villain? 

Should Qin Shi Huang be remembered as a hero or a villain?

Qin Shi Huang is either praised as a great reformer and a founding father of modern China, or a bloodthirsty tyrant who violently silenced anyone who opposed him.


Students must explore his life and achievements to help them decide which side of the debate they stand on, and help convince the world that their interpretation of his legacy is the right one  


Key tasks

  • Explore the life of Qin Shi Huang. Students must explore Qin Shi Huang’s legacy to determine whether he should be considered as a hero or a villain. They must analyse primary and secondary sources to consider his achievements and his more barbaric acts 

  • Create an artefact to settle the debate. Students must create their own ‘historical artefact’ to tell future generations the ‘truth’ and settle the debate once and for all. As a team, they must use this artefact to persuade the class of their opinion as to whether Qin Shi Huang was a hero or a villain 

Key facts:

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Curriculum information

History – The Ancient World - Ancient China

ACDSEH132 | VCHHK113 | HT 4-2, 4-3



15 - 20 lessons

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