This Contest Is Sponsored by the

Margaret Liu-Collins Award for Excellence In Teaching

**NEW ** The last day for submitting entries has been changed to October 31, 2016!



September 30, 2016
Early Bird Submission
October 31, 2016
Last day for submitting entries
November 23, 2016
Winners Announced
We are looking for quality lesson plans on modern China for middle and high schools.

Each winning lesson plan will receive a $500-$1000 award and be published on our website, to be shared with the public for free.  

This  Contest is open to all U.S. public or independent middle and high school teachers. In order to be considered for a prize, the lesson plan must be submitted by October 31, 2016.

Winners will be notified on or before November 23, 2016.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION:  Winning lesson plans submitted by September 30, 2016 will receive an additional $ 100 bonus.



  • The lesson plan focuses on modern China in a broad context, on any subject, suitable for grades 6 through 12.  Modern China is defined as the period between 1979 and the present.
  • A lesson plan can span from 1 to 5 class sessions.
  • The lesson plan follows the pre-defined Lesson Plan Template.
  • Contest can be entered by a single person or a group of people
  • Each person, or group, can submit multiple entries. Each entry will be judged for its own merit.
  • Contestants agree that their winning entries can be shared with others (with mutually agreed edits for clarity) on any of the 1990 Institute’s current (,, any future websites of the 1990 Institute, and partner websites.



A lesson plan is judged by the quality of its content. (Some of the quality measurements are stated in the lesson template.)   Additional points, at the discretion of the judges, can be given to a lesson plan that:

  • Connects the past, specifically the 19th and 20th centuries, to today
  • Makes good use of live presentation materials from any of the Institute’s teachers workshops.
  • Demonstrates Innovation and/or creativeness.
  • Can be easily integrated into classes teaching existing curriculum standards.
  • Is well organized and easy to follow.

For examples of quality lesson plans,  please see the Lesson Plans already available on our website.


Do the following If you are interested in submitting a lesson plan:

  1. Pre-register the lesson plan(s) that you plan to submit.  (Pre-registration is not required but it will enable us to remind you from time-to-time,  as well as notify you of any potential changes in submission requirements.)
  2. Follow the instructions in the Lesson Plan Template on what information to provide and how to package your lesson plan for submission.
  3. Go to Submit a Lesson Plan to submit, by September 30, 2016 (for Early Bird bonus) and by October 31, 2016 at the latest.