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Tenth graders compare and contrast the Tang and Song dynasties of China. In this world history lesson, 10th graders explore the major accomplishments of the Tang and Song dynasties as they complete a Venn diagram following a lecture.
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.
Learners study new ideas and art concepts, while reinforcing others, through a Chinese cultural tradition. They determine how cultural differences differences affect painting processes.
For use alongside a full lesson or as a guided reading questions, this learning exercise 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.
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.
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. 
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. 
In this Tang and Song China worksheet, students write about the impact that these two dynasties had on various aspects of life in China such as government, foreign trade, art, etc.
In this Kung Fu activity, students 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.
In this Chinese dynasties learning exercise, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to identify how the Tang and Song dynasties changed China.
Looking for a way to supplement a unit on ancient China or world cultures? Look no further than this presentation, which combines rich information with entertaining pictures of Chinese artifacts. China's glorious dynasties provide a vivid background to the country's hardships, including war with Genghis Khan and imposed social customs (foot-binding is featured with gruesome reality). These slides would couple well with a long-term unit on China, or in pieces during a few class sessions.
Sometimes all you need is a quick reminder and a brief outline to help put information in order. Present your class with an outline of the major accomplishments, individuals, and culture that marked each of China's ten Dynasties. This is a great resource for review, introduction, or as part of a larger unit.
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.
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning instructional activity 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.
While many may imagine the Mongols stereotypically as a barbarian and brutal people, Mr. Green invites his audiences to consider the complexity and impact of this once great empire. This episode covers the benefits, consequences, and lasting impact of the Mongol empire, from Genghis Khan's rise to power, to the development of increased communication and trade throughout Eurasia as a result of Mongol conquests.
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.
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.
Students locate and extract census data. They produce population density maps of the United States in different scales and analyze population density maps by observing patterns and drawing conclusions.
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 
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.

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