Lesson & Unit Plans

  • Chinese Calligraphy, the art of writing

    Grades K-12, Art, Social Studies, History, and Literacy, Lesson or Unit Plan

    By Pearl Lau Title: Chinese Calligraphy, the art of writing Author: Pearl Lau Subject Area: Art, Social Studies, History, and Literacy Grade Level: K-12. This […]

  • Reading a Tang Dynasty Poem

    Grades 9-12, Arts & Literature, Lesson or Unit Plan

    This lesson uses a poem by well-known Chinese poet Du Fu to illustrate the aesthetic principles of regulated verse and parallelism in Chinese poetry that […]

  • Microcosm of 1940s Shanghai

    Grades 9-12, Arts & Literature, Beliefs/Religion, Society Lesson or Unit Plan

    In this lesson, students will learn about 1940s Shanghai by reading and analyzing Eileen Chang’s short story “Sealed Off”. They will discuss change and continuity […]

  • Understanding Filial Piety

    Grades 6-8, 9-12 Arts & Literature, Beliefs/Religion, History, Society Lesson or Unit Plan

    This lesson will explore the Chinese value of xiao, or filial piety, through a discussion of selections from the Analects and Mencius and an activity […]

  • Learning to Look at Chinese Cities

    Grades K-5 Geography, History, Science/Technology, Society Lesson or Unit Plan

    In this lesson students will compare photos of different urban areas in China, paying special attention to architecture, transportation, public spaces, and historical development. Students […]

  • Understanding History Through Artifacts

    Grades 6-8 Beliefs/Religions, History Lesson or Unit Plan

    In this lesson, students will examine Lady Dai’s tomb through an exploration of the artifacts found there. They will study the objects buried in Lady […]

  • Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography

    Grades 9-12 Government, History Lesson or Unit Plan

    In this lesson, students will examine early photographs of China and the attached cartoon: A “Magic Lens”. This introduction to the early history of photography […]

  • Political Change as Seen Through Posters

    Grades 9-12 Government, History Lesson or Unit Plan

    In this lesson, students will identify shifts in themes and values represented in Chinese political posters ranging from the Mao Zedong era to the Deng […]

  • Naxi Dongba Script and Pictographs

    Grades Pre-Kindergarten, K-5 Arts & Literature, Beliefs/Religion, Society Lesson or Unit Plan

    During this lesson, students will learn about the Naxi–one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities–as well as the Dongba religion. Students will experience Naxi culture through […]

  • Global Urban Explosion

    Grades 6-8 Geography, Environment/Nature, Society, Science/Technology

    This lesson examines the environment impact of urban development around the world. By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to (1) describe […]

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