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China Past and Present Unit 1: Culture Study What are traditions? What traditions are important to you? What is culture? How can we be open-minded when learning about culture? What are some elements of modern China? Communicating with Chinese students Chinatown Trip Culture Murals Studying Cultural Artifacts China Search Project
China Past and Present Unit 2: Geography What is geography? What are important elements of Chinese geography? How does the geography of China influence the culture of China? 3-D Mapping Geography Stations 3 Gorges Dam study
China Past and Present Unit 3: Chinese Inventions How do inventions affect culture, our lives, the world, history? How can we understand history and a culture by researching an object? In what ways have Chinese inventions impacted the world? Research Essays Making Paper Exploring Inventions
China Past and Present Unit 4: Leadership What makes a good leader? What are the characteristics of good leaders? If you were a leader, what would you do? How do leaders help maintain/change culture and traditions? Who are some Chinese leaders who have helped shape China’s history? Leadership Debate Red Scarf Girl
China Past and Present Unit 5: Immigration What is immigration? Why do people immigrate? Why did the Chinese immigrate? When you move to a place that is foreign, how do you preserve your identity/culture and how do you adapt? What does it mean to be an American? Trip to MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) Literature Circles Becoming American – The Chinese Experience -PBS Documentary
Literature Mock Newbery Books Connections to Social Studies (Year of the Dog, Red Scarf Girl, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Monkey King) Literature Circles Consistent Independent Reading
Writers’ Workshop Memoirs Folktales Essays Poetry Choice writing We use a Writer’s Workshop Model to teach editing and revision skills.
Trips Camp Jewell (Community and Leadership Skills) Chinatown (Chinese Culture) MET (Chinese Art – Silk Painting) Chinatown (Immigration) Scholar’s Garden at Snug Harbor
Art Integration Culture Comparisons Construct Inventions Chinese Calligraphy Lessons Making Paper Silk Painting/Poetry