Tang Dynasty Teacher Resources
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Students read facts about The Tang Dynasty in China and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 4 short answer questions.
Over the course of the lesson, your pupils read and analyze a translated eight-line poem from the Tang Dynasty written by Du Fu, a poet caught behind enemy lines during the An Lu-Shan rebellion (755-763). Literary/historical context is provided, along with 14 discussion questions, and a text-to-self connection journal prompt. Guidance for collaborative groups to analyze point of view and literary devices in the text, and templates to develop a storyboard version of the text are included. Finally, each class member composes his or her own poem about a condition changed. Use the activities detailed here as part of a unit on Tang Dynasty China, types of poetry, or with any thematic unit about change.
Students contrast and compare the definition of beauty in Tang dynasty China with that of America today in this high school Social Studies lesson. The lesson concludes with a small group activity.
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.
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.
Fourth graders label the countries that border China and the physical features of Asia. They discuss the physical features of Asia and label them on the other map.
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.
Students create a fan-shaped story screen that explains 4 major points surrounding various facts, myths, expressions, or story elements in Chinese history, culture and/or literature.
Fifth graders explore the Tang dynasty. In this history and art lesson, 5th graders identify customs, dress, and social caste systems during the Tang Dynasty. Students also create art using tangrams.
High schoolers identify and evaluate Korea's role in inventions in Asia. In this Korean Invention lesson, students complete a chart of innovations and discuss where they are from. High schoolers read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Students examine the role of women in Ancient China. In this Chinese history lesson, students analyze Ancient Tang Dynasty Poems regarding marriage and women in China.
Third graders create Chinese hand scrolls to tell the story: The Lantern Night Excursion Of Zhong Kui in this cross-curricular lesson for the third grade. The lesson is adaptable to many different grade/ability levels.
Students create original Haiku poetry and paint images that depict the emotions of each poem in this high school Language Arts lesson adaptable for other curriculums including Art and Social Studies.
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.
Set the stage for your next lesson on the Korean War with handouts packed with information on the country's history and major events leading up to and following the war. The resource includes three worksheets that provide a historical overview of the country, a study/assignment sheet listing pertinent key terms from the Korean War and its aftermath, and finally a chart comparing the current demographics and economies of North and South Korea.
Before kids analyze a Chinese dish filled with amazing images, they research the meanings of various plant and animal symbols. They use their research to decode the meaning of the expressive artwork on the dish and then use symbolism to create an original non-text form of visual communication.
Compare and contrast the distinctive characteristics of art forms from various cultural, historical, and social contexts, and describe how the same subject matter is represented differently in works of art across cultures and time periods. Learners will also create a work of art that incorporates the style or characteristics of artwork from a culture other than their own.
Students investigate the construction of the Great Wall of China. In this Chinese history lesson, students research print and Internet sources about the contributions of the Qin, Han, Tang, and Ming Dynasties. Students use their findings to create a television news magazine story on the history of the Great Wall and those who built it.
Students examine the religions that developed along the Silk Road. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students visit various stations within the classroom to learn about the Silk Road and the two religions that developed. Using a guidelines sheet, students must complete projects at each station with varying ability levels. Projects are then evaluated as assessment.
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.