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Tang and Song Dynasties
Tenth graders compare and contrast the Tang and Song dynasties of China. In this world history lesson plan, 10th graders explore the major accomplishments of the Tang and Song dynasties as they complete a Venn diagram following a lecture.
Tang and Song Dynasties of China: Quiz
Quizzes can be fun! Provide your class with the opportunity to show what they know about the Tang and Song Dynasties. There are eighteen multiple choice questions to be answered.
Song Dynasty Traditional Landscape Paintings
Students study new ideas and art concepts, while reinforcing others, through a Chinese cultural tradition. They determine how cultural differences differences affect painting processes.
Scholar/Literati Scroll Project
Finish off a unit on Medieval China with a creative scroll project. Learners must incorporate everything they have learned about the Tang or Song dynasty into a literati scroll. The requirements are clearly laid out as to what must be included, but the fun comes in how they choose to showcase it. They can paint, use calligraphy, or write poetry in a way that shows what they know. Multiple handouts are included.
Writing Exercise: The Tang and Song Dynasties II
For use alongside a full lesson or as a guided reading questions, this worksheet provides 3 short answer questions for consideration. Learners think about why the Tang Dynasty was considered a golden age, the role women played during that period, and how China remained isolated and connected to other regions.
In this Kung Fu worksheet, middle schoolers learn about the Chinese martial art called Kung Fu. They then answer the 10 questions in the packet. The answers are on the last page.
Tang and Song China: An era of Prosperity and Innovation
Define the Changes in government rule that lead to some of China's most important inventions. The class explores the rise of the Tang and Song Dynasties, the first female ruler Wu Zhao, and inventions such as gunpowder, porcelain, and paper money.
Writing Exercises: The Tang and Song Dynasties I
Propel your historians into deeper thought about the Tang and Song Dynasties with this short-answer writing exercise. Three clearly-written questions have learners considering broad aspects of this era. They explain where the Chinese population was concentrated, describe peasant life, and examine how the Chinese culture impacted other Asian cultures at the time. There is no informational text provided, and this would probably work best preceded by notes or paired with a reading.
Tang and Song China
In this Chinese dynasties worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to identify how the Tang and Song dynasties changed China.
Advanced 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Familiarize your class with Google operators, specific symbols, or words they can use to express more clearly to the search tool what they want to find. With the resources included here, they can test their previous knowledge, view examples, compare search results, and try out the terms on their own. Pupils can also give Google advanced search a try. The activities will be much more meaningful if each class member has access to the Internet.
Intermediate 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning lesson plan and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
The Deadly Irony of Gunpowder
Gunpowder has played a key role in shaping civilization as we know it today. Trace its evolution from its beginnings in the mid-ninth century when early Chinese alchemists worked to create a potion for immortality, through its use in firework canisters and eventual spread across the world as a result of Mongol invaders.
From Umayyad to Abbasid Empires
You can't truly understand the present until you understand the past. Bring a historical context to you next social studies class with an exceptional presentation on the ancient Arab and Islamic empires of Umayyad and Abbasid. Slides contain rich text outlining the beginning, expansion, and global interactions of the empires
"Trains meeting in the night" Activity: 4-1 -- China Reunites
A simple exercise in close reading of informational text that may be useful in a variety of classes including social studies, religion, and ELD. It includes 12 short passages about Chinese history, with a question immediately following each reading. The handout includes the answers and a couple of minor typos, so be sure to make corrections before distributing it.
"Wu Sung Fights the Tiger"
Dive into classical Chinese literature with this packet. Provided first is a comprehensive summary and a half-page long historical context of Water Margin. As your class reads the section entitled "Wu Sung Fights the Tiger," pose the five thought-provoking questions included. Also included is a two 90-minute period activity plan that has groups work together to create commentary and respond to one another's thoughts and opinions. A list of references is also included for further information.
Lesson Plan for Chinese Poetry
A poetry study incorporates more than just writing, it can be a look into time and culture. Young authors discuss the history and purpose of Chinese poetry. They then write an example of a Chinese poetry style. Tip: Add a little art, by having learners make traditional ink brush paintings to mount their poetry on.
Town, Tales, and Timelines
Second graders study Ancient India, Ancient China, and/or Modern Japan in an integrated unit lasting between 6-9 weeks. Economic concepts are taught for each country, and the art teacher integrates art from these countries culminating "town simulation event."
Maps and Current Events
High schoolers brainstorm geographic questions for specific news stories and use an atlas along with National Geographic's MapMachine to help them find answers to these questions. They create "map packages" to accompany and illustrate.
While the procedure for this lesson leaves much to the imagination, the idea is sound. Budding authors will observe nature for a few minutes, and then compose a short, peaceful poem which describes what they see, feel, and hear. They then use Chinese calligraphy techniques to write their poem on a paper or a leaf. The teacher packet is quite informative.
East Asian Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
Readers explore East Asian culture and literature with a book folder project. Before beginning the project, learners record three beliefs they have about East Asian culture. They then select two books to read and create a display for the school library. Detailed instructions for the book folder project, a project rubric, and an extensive annotated book list are included.