Educational? Yes. But also just plain fun!
LESSON 1 (two 50-minute class periods): Students learn about the development of writing in ancient China. This is followed by an assignment that actually feels more like a “party game” to the students: You put students into small groups and assign different Chinese characters (words) to each group. They must then incorporate their characters into an original story. When presenting the story to the class, they show each Chinese character as it is used, demonstrating their understanding of its meaning.
Lesson 1 includes a 34-slide PowerPoint explaining the origins of Chinese writing, 50 Chinese character cards with English translations (including illustrated step-by-step examples of how to write each character), and a detailed lesson plan.
Lesson 1 may be used with or without Lesson 2.
LESSON 2 (two 50-minute class periods): The Chinese invented paper before anyone else. But before paper, tortoise shells, bones, and bamboo scrolls were used. In this lesson, students will create their own “bamboo scrolls” and will write their Lesson 1 stories on their scrolls, using vertical writing still common in China today.
The 32-slide PowerPoint in Lesson 2 discusses the development of paper and the use of bamboo scrolls in China before paper became commonly used. This PowerPoint also visually guides students through the process of making their own bamboo scrolls. Of course, Lesson 2 comes with a detailed lesson plan.
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