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Classroom Resources for Teachers

Extend museum learning into your classroom with materials that are designed for use with your students before and after their visit. These resources may also be used to enrich classroom teaching if you are unable to make a trip to PEM.

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

Tour Yin Yu Tang online. The website—winner of interactive design, online exhibition, and education awards—uniquely illustrates the richness of the region's artistic and cultural heritage and the story of the Huang family through original audio and video clips, photographs, and text.

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A Teacher's Sourcebook for Chinese Art & Culture

Created by PEM educators and curators, this helpful source of background information offers teachers a guide to language pronunciation, a timeline of Chinese history, an introduction to the Qing Dynasty and an overview of Chinese philosophy and religion.

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Resources to supplement special exhibition: Empresses of China's Forbidden City

Empresses of China's Forbidden City is the first exhibition to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty — the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912.

Timeline of Qing History
Map of the Forbidden City
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Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics Curriculum

The Web component for the special exhibition Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics was developed by the Peabody Essex Museum as a resource for students and teachers. Along with a select group of objects and textual information, the site also provides three lesson plans that explore the unique characteristics of Chinese art. Note: this exhibition is no longer on view.

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

Teacher Resources