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Eighth graders are introduced to Chinese language and culture to make Asian reading selections in literature circles more meaningful. They write about Chinese characters, work on oral speaking, and read Asian books and then have discussions on them.
Students read an autobiography of a peace corps volunteer studying Chinese. In this cultural acceptance lesson, students compare the dialects of Chinese with English dialects. Students discuss the differences in learning and teaching a language in different cultures and how language acquisition leads to cultural acceptance.
Students compare the Chinese and English languages. In this Chinese language lesson, students identify how the writing system in China uses different characters than the letters in the English language.  Students practice rewriting names represented by Chinese characters using the letters of the English language.
Students investigate using Chinese language terms for food to describe different dishes and for identification purposes. They conduct simple conversations related to the subject matter.
Students examine how the author confronted the challenges of a new language and a new culture. They examine how the author's penchant for running featured in his adjustment to the culture of Fuling and in his learning of the Chinese language.
This handout provides a very simple introduction to the two primary Chinese languages, Mandarin and Cantonese. It also includes two Chinese symbols.
Students pronounce the four tones of the Chinese language. They play a red light-green light game in which they advance if they say words correctly.
Only a little kid would so naturally associate colorful buttons and squirmy bugs together, as this app does. Here is a collection of different educational activities that will reinforce key preschool and kindergarten concepts. 
Twelfth graders practice pronouncing B/P sound words correctly in Chinese.
Students consider the immensity of the the task the author undertook to learn Chinese. They examine the rigors involved in learning another language-particularly one as notoriously difficult as Chinese and compare aspects of Chinese culture, such as teaching style and treatment of foreigners, with those in the United States.
Students read excerpts from Peter Hessler's River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze and discuss his difficulties in learning the language, cultural clashes and how cultural perceptions shape our understanding of the world.
Students examine the author's running race from two different cultural perspectives to see just how different the effects of culture can be. They practice thinking about an issue from different perspectives and create a script that can be used to dramatize for the class one of the events in "Running."
Students identify strategies the author used to vividly convey qualitative and quantitative aspects of life in China, then use those strategies in writing of their own. They examine the author's writing style and techniques to learn some effective strategies for description and for conveying mood.
Seventh graders explore Chinese culture. For this Chinese writing lesson plan, 7th graders explain the differences between written and spoken Chinese as well as how the current Chinese writing system was formed. Students identify simple Chinese characters and their meanings.
Young scholars examine strategies an author uses to provide qualitative and quantitative aspects of life in China. They apply the strategies to their own writing.
Students examine the experiences of a Peace Corps volunteer learning to speak Chinese. They read and discuss an essay written by the Peace Corps volunteer, analyze a map of China, and discuss the author's difficulties in learning the language.
Students explore the art of calligraphy through writing Chinese characters. They view a Power Point as an introduction to Chinese calligraphy and practice writing Chinese characters. In groups, they visit centers to explore the history of calligraphy, materials, strokes, creating characters, and the fundamental Chinese characters of the human spirit.
Students examine the challenges of a new language and culture. In this cultural lesson, student read Running by Peter Hessler and discuss obstacles faced, including the language barrier. Students write an essay about a time they participated in a contest, describing their motivations and challenges.
Students explore the effects of culture through the story Running by Peter Hessler. In this geography and cultural lesson, students act as newspaper reporters covering the story of the race. Students write newspaper articles as reporters from either America or China.
Students examine the culture and language of the Chinese. They discover how a language develops and practice reading Chinese characters. They develop theories on how certain communication systems developed.

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