Happy 2019, The Year of the Pig! This is "Ting Ting and the Monster Nián," an original script based on the Chinese legend of the monster Nián. The legend of Nián explains why Chinese people wear red clothing, hang red decorations, and set off fireworks during Chinese New Year.
As an American expat living in Shanghai, I love Chinese New Year and have really enjoyed making new products to go with the 2019 Chinese New Year. , including a separate Reader's Theater script and a Five-Day Research Unit. Scroll down for details.
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- . I've heard different versions of the Nián story, so I took the common elements and created a new story for Ting-Ting, a young girl who on the eve of the new year, encounters the monster Nián and accidentally learns of his three fears.
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- Ting Ting, Ye Ye (grandfather), Nai Nai (grandmother), the monster Nián, the kitten, and two narrators. The kitten has only two short lines--a meow and a purr--so it's perfect for students who want to perform but do not want or need lots of lines.
- . It will take about 15-20 minutes to perform the script.
- about the story of Nian that will help students know a bit more about the celebrations before reading the script.
I truly hope your students love this script and have a lot of fun with it! Chinese New Year is an exciting time here in Shanghai, and to see what else I have created for the New Year.
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