Chinese New Year and Chinese Zodiac Writing and Reading Activities

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Here are 3 language arts tasks to introduce your students to Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac. You can also use these activities anytime you are teaching about China. There are 2 reading passages which are print-and-go activities and the writing activity requires only minimal preparation. A bonus poster of the animals of the Chinese zodiac is also included in this resource.

(Please Note: This product is included in a mega bundle with 5 resources about China at a savings of 25% and is available HERE, and is also included in a smaller bundle with 2 resources at a savings of 20%, available HERE.)

Let your students practice opinion writing with the Chinese zodiac activity. For each of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, there is one page with a photograph of the animal and a short description of the characteristics of people born during that animal year. Every page also lists the years that each animal rules so you can easily find what animal year your students were born in. The task for your students, which is given on all the pages, is to write a paragraph stating whether they agree or disagree that the characteristics accurately describe them. Three model paragraphs at different levels of writing are included as guides for students. A rubric is provided so you can easily assess their students' work. The amount of time needed to do the activities varies, depending on how they are implemented in the class.

Two additional reading and writing activities are included in this product. There is a short information text about the Chinese zodiac that can be read aloud to students or which they can read themselves, depending on their reading level. Comprehension questions accompany the text on a separate page and can used for discussion or as a writing task. There is also a three-paragraph information text about the Chinese New Year holiday, with accompanying questions. Both texts have answer keys to the comprehension questions.

The last part of this Chinese New Year product is a mini-poster that shows all 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. It can be displayed on a bulletin board or be used as a cover page for this packet of activities. The photographs of the 12 animals were taken by me and come from an artifact I purchased in Xi'an, China, when I taught in China. The animals were created by a local artisan in a style of folk art from that region of China.

Although intended for upper elementary and younger middle school students who are English Language Learners and native English speakers, these reading and writing activities have also been used successfully with older students in 7th and 8th grade.


What you get in this product:

★ A Table of Contents for easy reference (2 pages)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with background information (2 pages)

★ A list of ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)

★ A mini poster showing all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac (1 page)

★ An information text about the Chinese zodiac, with comprehension questions and an answer key (3 pages)

★ An information text about the Chinese New Year, with comprehension questions and an answer key (3 pages)

★ Three differentiated model paragraphs for the opinion writing task (3 pages)

★ Student pages for an opinion writing task about the Chinese zodiac, including a blank lined page if more space for writing is needed (13 pages)

★ An evaluation rubric for the opinion writing task (1 page)

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You may also like these products about China:

C is for China: An ABC Book with Facts & Photos about Chinese Culture, Geography & History

Chinese Zodiac Animals Clipart Based on Photographs

Chinese New Year ELA Task Cards for Mechanics and Grammar

Chinese Zodiac Word Search Puzzles

Or buy a small bundle and save 20%:

China Bundle: Culture (includes the Chinese Zodiac Clipart and C is for China products)

China Bundle: Writing (includes the Chinese New Year Writing Activities and ELA Task Cards products)

Or buy the mega bundle with all 5 resources and save 25%:

China Mega Bundle of Writing, Reading, Grammar, Wordsearch Activities & Clipart (includes the C is for China ABC Book, Chinese Zodiac Animals Clipart, Chinese New Year Writing and Reading Activities, Chinese New Year ELA Task Cards and Chinese New Year Word Search Puzzles products)


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