1. Introduction Niya teases Sensei and says he might start his own ryu training school. The bath is filled with cool mountain spring water. I sink until, like a frog, only my eyes are visible. Fear of failure floats away with the mud. There is nothing wrong with being a frog. Maybe, when I am Sensei, I will build the Frog Ryu. ‘Maybe you will,’ the wizard says inside my head. ‘But now it is time to hop out and let someone else bathe.’ (chapt. 11 p. 105) Your task is to help Niya set up the Frog Ryu by becoming one of the teachers.
2. TaskYour team must find out about samurai training – whatdid the students learn, how did they learn, whatequipment did they need?Each team member will assume one of the followingroles: • Archery Teacher • Wrestling Teacher • Haiku Teacher • Zen Master • Ikebana Instructor • Sword MasterOne person may teach more than one subject.Unfortunately you won’t get paid. The samurai teacherwas considered invaluable so a price could not be puton his/her services. However, your students might bringyou offerings.
3. Process1.Choose one or more roles • Archery Teacher • Wrestling Teacher • Haiku Teacher • Zen Master • Ikebana Instructor • Music Teacher • Sword Master • Origami Teacher2.Click on your role (listed above) to see which websites youwill be visiting to research your new job3.Prepare a report on what you will be teaching, and how youwill teach it.4.Prepare an exam of 5 questions to test your students’knowledge.5.The team’s reports and exam paper will form the new FrogRyu teaching program.
The Calligraphy TeacherSample reportJapanese calligraphy is called shodo, ‘the way of writing’. It isconsidered an art.The strokes of the characters have to be done in strict order.Straight lines should be strong and clear, and curving linesshould be delicate and mobile. The shape and position of thecharacters drawn, the gradation of the ink, and the force ofthe brushstrokes are all important.Kanji is one of the three character sets. Traditionally, kanji arewritten in vertical columns from the right to the left side of thepage. Calligraphy is signed with a red seal – the artist’s name.Calligraphy is best taught in the classroom where there is astable flat surface. The materials needed are a black mat, abamboo and animal hair brush (fude), black ink, special paper(washi) and a metal weight to hold the paper down.The ink, called sumi, comes from charcoal sticks which mustbe rubbed with water on an inkstone until the rightconsistency is achieved.
The Calligraphy Teacher Sample Exam 1.What is the Japanese name for calligraphy? 2.In what direction is calligraphy written? 3.How many character sets are there? 4.What materials are needed? 5.Where does the ink come from?
The Archery Teacher The archery teacher will visit: Samurai Longbow Samurai Arrows Wikipedia – Yabusame archery Kids Web Japan – Yabasume & Kyudo How Stuff Works: Samurai: Training for Life and War (excellent Mounted Samurai Archers in Japan today (recreation with phot
The Wrestling Teacher The wrestling teacher will visit Jujitsu (samurai unarmed combat) Wikipedia – Jujitsu You Tube – samurai and jujitsu
The Haiku TeacherThe Haiku teacher will visitWikipedia - haikuHaiku and poems by samuraiHaiku – A definitionMatsuo Basho – famous samurai haiku poetHaiku – ‘how to’ especially for kids
The Zen Master The Zen Master will visit Samurai and Zen Wikipedia - Zen Wikipedia – koans A list of popular Zen koans David Suzuki – the man who brought Zen to the West (Japan
The Ikebana Instructor The Ikebana Instructor will visit Wikipedia – ikebana Kids Web Japan – Ikebana The Basic Styles Japan Lifestyle – Picture Gallery
The Music Teacher The Music Teacher will visit Wikipedia – the koto Wikipedia – the shamizen Wikipedia – the taiko drum Riley Lee – Australian Grand Master of the shakuhachi flute (li
The Sword Master The Sword Master will visit Samurai katana Samurai Sword making Samurai Sword Facts Castles of Japan Thinkquest War, warfare & Weapons in medieval Japan How Stuff Works: Samurai: Training for Life and War (excellen
The Origami Teacher The Origami Teacher will visit Wikipedia – Origami Kids Web Japan – origami overview Easy origami History of Origami Joseph Wu – Origami Master (visit the gallery)
4. Evaluation Simple evaluation. Max Self Teacher Points Assess AssessResearchThoroughly researched topic 10Effectively used technology 10CollaborationWorked well as a team member 10PresentationNeat and edited 10Accurate 10Submitted on time 10Identified equipment needed (rpt) 10Produced teaching scenario (rpt) 10Created exam test 10Demonstrated solid knowledge of topic 10 100
5. ConclusionCongratulations.You have not only helpedNiya establish the Frog Ryu,but learned some interestinginformation about samuraitraining.
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