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  • American Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline (above) was influenced by Chinese calligraphy. 2

    Chinese Calligraphy, the art of writing

    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 […]

  • Poem: Facing Snow 1

    Reading a Tang Dynasty Poem

    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 […]

  • Eillen Chang and 1940s Shanghai, China. 1

    Microcosm of 1940s Shanghai

    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 […]

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    Understanding Filial Piety

    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 […]

  • Hutong, Beijing , China 1

    Learning to Look at Chinese Cities

    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 […]

  • "Noble Tombs at Mawangdui" display of Lady Dai artifacts from the Hunan Provincial Museum 1

    Understanding History Through Artifacts

    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 […]

  • Li Dan ‘Tourists at the Wenshu Temple in Chengdu taking a souvenir photograph’ 1983 2

    Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography

    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 […]

  • Cultural revolution poster 1

    Political Change as Seen Through Posters

    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 - the one and only living pictographic script in the world 3

    Naxi Dongba Script and Pictographs

    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 […]

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    Global Urban Explosion

    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 […]