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When I said what you call Family Members in Chinese gets really complicated, I meant it--Check out this video:
Family Tree Project
So your family tree can be A LOT simpler than the one above. The idea of Family is of immense importance in Chinese culture. In this unit, as students learn some of the key vocabulary around discussions of family, they will also complete a visual representation of their own families by making family trees. All families are different, so there is no need for any student's family tree to look any particular way.
The requirements are that students include at least 6 members in their family tree. These members may include parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts & uncles, and even pets! Their family tree visual representation should include the Chinese characters for each member (for example 妈妈 for Mother), along with a photo or drawing.
Unit 5 Progress Blog Post
I'm sick! So while I'm out will work on your latest Progress Blog Post! In this Episode, you will be introducing your cartoon 朋友 to all of your adoring fans! That’s right, you will basically do the presentation you just did for class, but better! And for a video!
You’ll have the opportunity to make little improvements, not read directly from a script, etc. You can have a cameraman (woman) take video of your presenting on your laptop, you can “record screen” and do the voiceover yourself, or some other creative way to satisfy the rubric! As before, have fun with it, make it entertaining, add high production-value video editing, etc.; just be sure the Chinese is 非常好！(I would also very much like it if you included English subtitles so people who don’t understand Chinese could still enjoy your work--this should be pretty easy this time, as you’ll be working with Google Slides or Powerpoint within the video itself.)
Culture: Fireworks at Chinese New Years
Unit 4 Progress Blog Post: Count to 100!
Now that you have completed your 100 boards, it's time to practice counting from 1-100 in Chinese! Once you've practiced it through a few times, make a video recording of yourself, or you and a partner, counting to 100 in Chinese, and post a link to the video on your Progress Blog. This blog post should be completed by Friday, Dec. 11. (And remember, I should be able to access your Progress Blog through a link on a document titled "Progress Blog Link" in your shared folder.)
And now for your viewing enjoyment, an example video, featuring two special guests:
Education is HUGE in Chinese culture. Since before the time of Confucius, it has been seen as the most noble pursuit, and the key way for people to advance themselves in society.
To learn more about the Chinese cultural approach to Education, students will read a few pages about Confucius from our textbook (pg. 63-64), and the following CNN article about the results of the recent PISA tests--tests that students all over the world took. We will see how the U.S. fared on the test, and how countries/cities with strong Chinese heritage fared. Students will have the chance to reflect on what they read as part of their final product, where students will write out their current daily schedules in Chinese, and include at least 2 sentences of "comments or notes" about the class in Chinese. Also students will start their schedule page with their favorite "education-related" quote from Confucius. See the example below. This project will be due in Canvas by Monday, Nov. 30th.
I'm out sick! It stinks, but at least you can finally start working on learning your numbers while I'm out! So here's the good news--there's a code, and if you can crack the code of the first 10 numbers, you can go all the way to 100!
First you have to learn the basic characters 1-10. Follow this link to the Chinese Sound System website (also linked to the right), and click on "Section 5: Numbers." Once you're in there you can click on the buttons to see the characters and the pinyin and hear the sounds. Use that info to fill in 1-10 on your 100 Board. Use the online dictionary (also linked to the right) to determine the stroke order for each character.
Now here's the code: eleven in Chinese is simply "ten one" or "十一". Twelve is "ten two" or "十二". And so on... The only other piece of information you would need would be for numbers like twenty, thirty, forty, etc. Twenty would be "two ten" or "二十". Thirty would be "three ten" or "三十". And so on... Easy, right? Kind of logical, really. Now that you know the characters 1-10 and "the code," use that knowledge to complete the sheet from 1-100! Have fun!
Unit 3 Progress Blog Update: Dialogue
That's right, in this Unit's edition of your Progress Blog Update, you will invite a Guest Start to help you perform a Dialogue you write yourself. These videos will be shown to the class, and the one that earns the most votes for best video, both of those students will earn perfect scores for this project! See the detailed rubric below:
Unit 2 Progress Blog Update: Video Introductions
These are short, scripted videos where you will very simply and very briefly introduce yourself in Chinese (see example & rubric below). The completed videos should be able to be found on your Progress Blog (and therefore accessible through the working link on the Progress Blog Document in your shared folder) by Friday, Oct. 23.
国庆节快乐！(Happy China Day!)
When we first begin learning a new language it's like we're all just babies. And when babies learn, one of their first activities is just "naming" things--figuring out how they're supposed to say this or that. After lots of observation, they are able to begin pointing and "naming" the different things around them.
In our study of Chinese language we'll try to accelerate the process a little bit with the help of some useful resources, but in this project students will essentially be pointing at things in the world around them and learning the correct "names" for those things in Chinese.
Students will select 10 new things they want to “name” or know how to say in Chinese. Four of those things must be at home, 3 of those things must be from our classroom, 2 must be from our school building, and 1 from somewhere else in Durham. Students will use web resources to determine what the words are in Chinese, and then actually label these things in the real world with cards or posters that include the Chinese characters, the pinyin, and the English. Students will takes photos of themselves with everything they have labeled, and place them into a short Google Presentation to show to the rest of the class, explaining their new words. Completed presentations should be placed in the student’s shared folder by Monday, Oct. 5.
Unit 1 Test: Thursday, Sept. 17
Review using your notes, your flash cards, and the online textbook and review exercises. Chances are if you can do the reverse flash card method (you are able to write the character after being given the pinyin or English meaning) then you will likely be very well prepared for the test.
My Chinese Progress Blog
Something you will do as a part of our course over the next two years is maintain a "Chinese Progress Blog." Basically, you will do a video blog (vlog) post to the blog at least once each unit to provide a record of your Chinese speaking abilities, and hopefully enable us to see your growth over time. The rubric for your first entry is listed below, along with an example of what yours could look like. Be creative; make it really professional and impressive! Eventually this blog will be featured on your Digital Portfolio, which means it is possible that colleges would see it some day, so have fun and make it great!
A document titled "My Chinese Progress Blog" with a link to your actual blog with the video will be due in your shared folder by Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Setting Up a Shared Folder
In class today we will be setting up Shared Folders through your Google (Gmail) account. This will be the way you turn in electronic assignments this year. We'll try to do it together, but just incase you can't make it today, or if you forgot your computer and needed to do it later, the step by step instructions are listed below. Google has updated things a little since this presentation was created, but if anything, I think it is easier now, so give it a try and let me know if you run into problems. The other thing to change from the instructions in this presentation would be to name your folder : "Last Name, First Name--Chinese" instead of "Last Name, First Name--Business". Make sure to have this set up by Monday, Aug. 31 for a classwork grade.
Chinese Naming Profile:
We will complete this profile, and then send it off to my friends in China who have agreed to give you Chinese names. Names in Chinese have meaning, so be sure and explain plenty about yourself, what you care about, etc., so that they can give you a name that really suits you. See my example below. This will be due in your Shared Folders on Friday, Sept. 4.
Pinyin Unit (Unit 0) Review Kahoot!
Parent/Guardian Contact Info Form
Your first assignment is a very easy one. Take the Parent/Guardian Contact Info form home to your family and have them fill it out. Bring it back Wednesday, Aug. 12 for an easy homework grade. If you lose your paper copy, you can print out and extra copy for yourself as it's linked below. Also, if any Parents/Guardians are willing to fill out the form online, that form is linked here too:
Welcome to the study of Chinese Language & Culture--I'm glad to have you! Please be sure to Bookmark this website (both Students and Parents) as it will be a frequently used resource in class this year.
Much for info to come, but for now a couple of things you can do to get ready for the start of school:
1 working Google (gmail) account that will function as their school email
1 set of working headphones
1 one-inch 3-ring notebook
2 packs of notebook dividers (at least 10 dividers)
1 journal/notepad/notebook to be a Homework/Assignments Journal/Notebook (will be used for all classes, not just Business)
Notebook paper, and Notecards (2 packs)
I'm excited and looking forward to the year ahead of us. Thanks, and see you Monday!