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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take out a map, a paper, a ruler, and those coveted colored pencils for a lesson on Chinese culture and geography. This is a multifaceted approach to basic geography skills that incorporate story telling, class discussion, primary source analysis, map skills, and poetry to convey concepts of culture and geography pertaining to Chinese history. There are some great ideas here!
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.
Students 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. Students read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Learners examine the role of women in Ancient China. In this Chinese history activity, 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.
For this Tang and Song China worksheet, learners write about the impact that these two dynasties had on various aspects of life in China such as government, foreign trade, art, etc.
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.
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.