Ancient China: From the Neolithic Period to the Han Dynasty
An historical overview of ancient China — from the Neolithic period (approx. 6,000–2000 BCE) to the end of the Han dynasty (220 CE).
Brushstrokes: Styles and Techniques of Chinese Painting
Brushpainting, which includes calligraphy, landscapes, scrolls and fans, has been a major art form throughout Chinese history. This packet explores the history, development and significance of brushpainting in Chinese art. Includes discussion of painting and calligraphy techniques, and a comparison of painting styles.
China: The Glorious Tang and Song Dynasties
From a workshop for Teachers
During the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties, the Chinese empire enjoyed a blossoming of foreign exchange as trade expanded along the Silk Road and sea routes. In this era China also witnessed the flourishing of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism and saw the development of porcelain making and reproduction printing. This packet examines the trade, commerce, religion, philosophy, literature and art of these dynasties. Student handouts include readings and activities on Tang and Song dynasty literature, art and science.
Chinese Calligraphy Teacher Packet
Learn more about the art of Chinese calligraphy and how contemporary artists are interpreting this ancient art form.
Taoism and the Arts of China
This packet introduces Taoism and its expression in Chinese art.
New Year Investigations: Tablescapes
Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.
Mapping the Silk Road
Students analyze objects from South Asia, West Asia, and China to connect to the travel experiences of ancient merchants and traders, develop an understanding of the breadth of the land and sea trade, and explore how art and ideas travel and change over time and place.
Scholar/Literati Scroll Project
Students will become members of the “literati/scholar” class by demonstrating their understanding of Chinese history, philosophy, and poetry. They will also display high achievement in the “Three Perfections”: calligraphy, painting, and poetry. This project is designed to be a creative alternative to daily or weekly assignments which might otherwise be assembled in a notebook or binder at the end of the 7th-grade Medieval China unit.
Unit: Life in China: Tang and Song Dynasties
Students will: 1.) Identify key terms, people, places, dates and events from the Tang and Song Dynasties. 2.) Understand what life was like in the Tang and Song dynasties and compare with student life today in the United States. 3.) Identify and analyze key events and decisions of the Tang and Song Dynasties. 4.) Analyze how the Tang and Song civilizations influenced the modern world.