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Big Era 5: 300 - 1500 CE Unit 7: The Spread of Religions
Unit 9: Connections Across Land
World Regions: 500-1000 A.D. 500-1000
KOREA: HISTORY-ARCHAEOLOGY
Unified Silla (668 to 935); Koryô (918-1392)

Korea, 500-1000 A.D. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
"Through a series of military and political moves, the kingdom of Silla (57 B.C.–668 A.D.) achieves dominance over most of the Korean peninsula by the end of the seventh century." With a period overview, list of key events, and nine related artworks.

United Silla, 668-935 [The Art of Asia, Minneapolis Institute of Arts]
"In 660, the Silla rulers allied their armies with forces from T'ang China to defeat both Paekche and Koguryô." A brief one-paragraph overview, with one object representative of the period.

Golden Treasures: The Royal Tombs of Silla [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
A short introduction, with images of six artifacts, of which four are found in the museum's collection.

Silla Korea and the Silk Road: Golden Age, Golden Threads [PDF] [Korea Society]
This 200-page curriculum unit covers three topics: 1) Was Silla Part of the Silk Road?; 2) Did the Silk Road Create Silla's Golden Age?; 3) Sillan Individuals and the Silk Road. (The third section discusses two notable women of the period, Queen Sondok, r. 632–647, and Queen Chindok, r. 647-654.) With maps, images of artworks, in-depth readings, and suggested activities for the classroom.

Globally-Oriented Sillans in the Silk Road World [PDF] [Korea Society]
A 44-slide presentation about the Silla dynasty, prepared by Richard McBride, professor of history at Brigham Young University, Hawai'i. With many maps and images of relevant works of art.

DBQsThe Rise of Silla [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 9 to 12. With five "documents" — two historical sites with religious significance, one map, and two works of literature/philosophy.

Koryô Dynasty, 918-1392 [The Art of Asia, Minneapolis Institute of Arts]
"The last Silla king abdicated the throne in the early 10th century and married the daughter of the upstart General Wang Kon, who founded the Koryo dynasty (918-1392)." A brief one-paragraph overview, with two objects representative of the period.

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GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Then Ten Injunctions of King T'aejo

Primary Source w/DBQsThe Ten Injunctions of Wang Kôn (King T'aejo) [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

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TECHNOLOGY, INVENTIONS, SCIENCE
Mechanical Toys

Mechanical Toys, Korea's Silla Period [Asia Society]
"The elaborate mechanical toys in 7th century Korea are described by a Korean monk some five hundred years later. This essay reveals to the reader a little about the technology and trade of that time."

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SOCIETY
Two Silla Queens, Sondok (r. 632-647) and Chindok (r. 647-654)

Ten Essential Women for a World History Class: Sondok, Silla Queen [World History Connected, University of Illinois]
Article about Queen Sondok, who "fought off rival kingdoms and the Chinese to continue the consolidation of Korea, built major temples, the oldest existing observatory in Asia, and bolstered Buddhist links between China and Japan."

Queen Sondok, Silla Dynasty [Women in World History]
A brief overview of Queen Sondok's life and times.

Lesson Plan Famous Koreans: Six Portraits: Queen Sondok [Education About Asia, Association for Asian Studies]
Lesson plan designed "to provide an opportunity for students to learn about famous Koreans through readings and/or dramatizations." Brief overviews of the lives of six notable figures in Korea's history, including the Silla Queen, Sondok. Each overview is imagined as a first-person narrative written by the historical figure.

Silla Korea and the Silk Road: Golden Age, Golden Threads [Korea Society]
This 200-page curriculum unit covers three topics: 1) Was Silla Part of the Silk Road?; 2) Did the Silk Road Create Silla's Golden Age?; 3) Sillan Individuals and the Silk Road. (The third section discusses two notable women of the period, Queen Sondok, r. 632–647, and Queen Chindok, r. 647-654.) With maps, images of artworks, in-depth readings, and suggested activities for the classroom.

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Social Stratification: The "Bone Rank" System

Primary Source w/DBQsSôl Kyedu [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

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LITERATURE
Hyangga: Oral Poetry of the Silla

Primary Source w/DBQs"Song for a Dead Sister," by Wôlmyông [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

Primary Source w/DBQs"Song for the Peace of the People" (Anmin'ga), by Ch'ungdam [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

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