Writing Rachel

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Writing Rachel

  1. 1. Writing In Ancient China and Today
  2. 2. Ancient Chinese Writing <ul><li>The Shang Dynasty was the first Chinese Dynasty to write down their history. </li></ul><ul><li>The symbols often resembled what they were supposed to stand for. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Oracle Bones <ul><li>Early Chinese writing was written on oracle bones. </li></ul><ul><li>These oracle bones were usually turtle shells or animal bones. </li></ul><ul><li>To use oracle bones, a question was written on the bone and the bone was placed over the fire. The way it cracked told the answer to the question. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Writing Develops <ul><li>After people stopped writing on oracle bones, they mostly wrote on bronze vessels. </li></ul><ul><li>The script used to do this was called Greater Seal script. </li></ul><ul><li>It was used for about 400 years before it vanished. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chinese Writing Today <ul><li>Modern Chinese writing has evolved off of early Chinese writing. </li></ul><ul><li>It has become simpler to draw the characters as the lines are simplified. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the characters, however, no longer look like exactly what they are supposed to represent. </li></ul>
  6. 6. American Writing <ul><li>Unlike the ancient Chinese, our writing system contains characters that stand for a sound, not a word. </li></ul><ul><li>Our characters also don’t look like what they are supposed to represent. </li></ul><ul><li>One thing that they have in common, though, is that the written word lets people communicate with others over long distances. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Resources <ul><li>www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.char4u.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.euroasiasoftware.com </li></ul>

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