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Please use this forum to share ideas, materials, and methods for teaching about Asia that are appropriate for middle school classes. Please also note the social studies, literature, and other discipline-specific threads in the "Asia in My Classroom" forum.
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11/23/2003 8:35:41 AM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Subject: Middle School Ideas
Let's use this area to discuss curriculum materials and activities to use with middle school students. Where possible, please include information about the skills being developed and any content standards that are being addressed. Please change the subject line to reflect the theme of your post.

-- What Asia-specific topics do you try to raise with your students?

-- For what topics (e.g., social organization, government, economic development, sculpture, family roles) do you use Asia-related examples?

-- How have your students responded to these? (Perhaps tell us a bit about your students.)

-- What books, films, and activities would you recommend?

Thanks for drawing on your experiences.

Please also use this area to ask questions. For example, perhaps you'd like to teach something on migration and would like a Silk Road activity that will develop writing or geography skills. Or perhaps you need a science, math, health, art, literature or physical education suggestion. Please ask.
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12/4/2003 6:46:01 PM

jshults
jshults
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
Silk Road is a big idea of 7th grade curriculum. We can sneak it in at many different times into the standards. Today I snuck Marco Polo and the Yuan Dynasty into a review on the Renaissance...old Marco really is mentioned in the Renaissance Standards.

Corel has a beautiful photo CD disk called the Silk Road. You can run the CD as a slide show, with titles so you look like you know what you are doing (of course, that is a picture of x located in y.....) I bought my copy (and many other such disks) on ebay, as Clay recommended during our classes. Copyright free photos, so we are free of that Western sense of guilt....

Any Silk Road stuff people have to share would be fabulous....a really nice geography lesson, complete with mapping activity, would be stupendous!
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12/8/2003 2:57:38 PM

dbrittenham
dbrittenham
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
Have you been to the Silk Road Encounters site (through AskAsia.org) It's at http://teachers.silkroadproject.org/. There's a really nice curriculum unit FREE to educators. All print, not video like it says, but good stuff. And I LOVE the Spice unit on the Silk Road.
Talk about all Asia all the time: today I snuck in(segue?) Marco Polo in a discussion of Ibn Battuta, and get this, the North Korean army in a lesson about Sundiata king of Mali (you know, the dangers of a large standing army.)
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4/28/2004 10:40:20 AM

droston
droston
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
One of the novels we have used at Nightingale for 8th grade students is "Ties that Bind, Ties that Break." It is a story about a young girl who refused to have her feet bound. It is set a few years before this custom was no longer practiced and deals with a number of issues including women's rights and the political changes in China. It sparks a lot of discussion and students seem to become very engaged in the novel. We have taught it along with "The Diary of Anne Frank" as a thematic unit, but I'm considering possibly ending the year with this as part of a unit on solely Asian literature and topics.
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5/7/2004 8:33:31 AM

eshorer
eshorer
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
I'm curious about the reading level for this book. Our students have a difficult time with novels, and it would be nice to have something that deals with Asia at their level.

>One of the novels we have used at Nightingale for 8th grade students is "Ties that Bind, Ties that Break."

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Ed. Shorer eshorer@lausd.k12.ca.us
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5/11/2004 7:50:28 PM

droston
droston
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
According to Amazon.com, it is appropriate for 11-14 year olds. At Nightingale, we have used it successfully in 8th grade classrooms with a wide range of reading levels. Most of our 8th grade classrooms span several years in reading ability- usually grades 3-9.

Another book along similar lines that might be interesting is by Adeline Yen Mah (not sure about the spelling). She has a book called "Falling Leaves: A Tale of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter." She has two versions. "Falling Leaves" is the adult version. The teen version has a similar title. I think it is something like "A Cinderella Story: A Tale of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter." I have read the adult version and thought it would be interesting for my gifted students. I want to get the teen version and check out its possibilities.
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5/28/2004 8:55:19 PM

eshorer
eshorer
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Subject: Haiku
Most of us are familiar with the 5-7-5 formula for haiku, and we tend to use it in lessons having students write poetry counting syllables. As Prof. Miyake informed us, Japanese is "pretty much" pronounced like Spanish, so it might be fun to have students do bilingual readings of some of the poems we had. I'm picturing pairs of students standing in front of the classroom, and one reading (or reciting) the original in Japanese, and the other reciting the translation in English. It might give it a new "feel" and bring an added interest/appreciation.

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Ed. Shorer eshorer@lausd.k12.ca.us
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6/3/2004 2:32:17 PM

eshorer
eshorer
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Subject: Marco Polo
Controversy breeds interest, and I think the controversy surrounding Marco Polo could be something to attract the attention of our students. Students could be assigned to various groups with the task of 1) Tracing his route with maps 2) Introducing his discoveries 2) Retelling his hardships 4) presenting the views of those who don't believe he made the trip, etc. I think such a project could capture the imagination of our students.

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Ed. Shorer eshorer@lausd.k12.ca.us
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6/11/2004 8:01:48 PM

cforfar
cforfar
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
i'm a big fan of the History Alive Series(Teachers' Curriculum Institute. http://www.historyalive.com/) for augmenting the text. (and sometimes the other way around!)
Guided/Independent practice. Big picture concepts with attention to important details.
Kinesic activities, graphic organizers, visuals- combined with critical thinking development.
They provide great slides as well, but I read somewhere that the new version changed the slides into overheads?
They sell year long units (grades 6-8) that follow the standards rather faithfully.
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6/29/2004 10:38:12 AM

lshifflett
lshifflett
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
I went to the History Alive site, and it is great. I'm going to use it as the basis for updating my pacing plan. It would be great if we could get the overheads for our classrooms through this program.
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6/29/2004 10:49:24 AM

lshifflett
lshifflett
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas - Silk Road
Don't forget to add music to your classroom. Yo Yo Ma has a great CD out called "The Silk Road" where he introduces and uses the musical instruments that were used in ancient China along the Silk Road. I use a variety of music in all my classes. It takes the students a moment to get used to different types of music, and then they start to ask for their favorites. I try to add both art and music to my classes, something that I had when I was in school.
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6/29/2004 10:52:04 AM

lshifflett
lshifflett
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Subject: Re: Haiku
I like the idea, but where do we get the original Japanese pronunciation?
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6/29/2004 3:16:22 PM

lshifflett
lshifflett
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas = New Media Course
I have been asked to design and teach a new course on "Communication Media". I would like a part of my web site to link directly to media, translated into English, from many parts of the world, particularly: Britain, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatamala, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Africa. I want students on any given day to be able to compare perspectives on the news from around the world. I would appreciate getting the URL for any sites that you think might be good for this.
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8/3/2004 10:48:51 AM

jdavis2
jdavis2
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
Hi, I am sorry not to know your name. I am taking the seminar on line from New Mexico, and teach in San Diego...Asian Studies as a year long class. Please let me know where this Corel cd might be obtained? Sounds excellent. Many thanks, Jan Davis
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8/3/2004 5:39:03 PM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Posts: 1911
Subject: corel stock images
Hi Jan --

Corel has produced many cds with royalty-free images you can use for web sites and classroom projects. These are now offered by a number of dealers at greatly varying prices. An internet search will turn these up (use corel china photo or a similar search string). I've just done so and noted prices ranging from $10-$30 for a single disk. A friend has purchased about 30 of these disks via eBay at about $7/disk. She draws upon them in illustrating presentations.

Curious about seeing thumbnail versions of the images on these disks? Check out this Berkeley resource:

http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/corel/

Choosing one of the disks (e.g., "Exotic Hong Kong") and hitting search will produce several pages showing the images contained on the disk.
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8/20/2004 1:17:21 PM

rmansdorf
rmansdorf
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas - Silk Road
Multimedia is the way to go. I'm constantly trying to expand my use of computers, on-line resources, and music or videos to the class. In the past I have been limited by the size and resources in my classroom, but the addition of music and taped readings from the text really enrich the experience. I will look for the Silk Road recording, sounds interesting.
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9/15/2004 9:53:26 PM

lsutton
lsutton
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Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas - Silk Road
Buddhism and Its Spread Along the Silk Road
http://www.silk-road.com/artl/buddhism.shtml
I already posted this site under China curriculum but this seems a better place. This is an excellent overview story about Buddhism spreading through the trade routes. Illustrations are very good.
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9/15/2004 10:03:34 PM

lsutton
lsutton
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Subject: Re: History Alive overheads
Lyn mentioned getting the overheads. I have them, as in, the ones that came in their China/Japan box set last spring. They are, by and large, flat and lacking in interesting colors. I really was disappointed and have expressed that dissatisfaction directly to them several times. If you can get the slides that came in earlier versions, you may be happier. I doubt whether you could do any sharing of them without the company objecting. They want everyone to pay the mega-bucks/set that they charge. Oh, I do like a lot of their lessons, but you need to really walk through them ahead of time. There's no way to do them without a lot of xeroxing, but the students really get a lot out of them so they're a worthwhile add-on to each unit. I've had some difficulty deciding how best to assess and score these projects. Anyone who has a good idea on this, please post.
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9/23/2004 9:04:32 PM

bglavas
bglavas
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Subject: Buddhist Mandalas
When I teach about religions in Asia, I include a mandala art project. I recently found a most amazing book. It is about 3 feet tall by 2 feet and it has vivid printed images of traditional mandalas. It's called "Celestial Gallery" by Romio Shrestha. There is explanation of the symbols and some background information for each print. It's an expensive book. It retails for about $125, but I have found it on amazon.com for $79. Personally, I think it's very important to have as many authentic visual samples for the students to model. I thought this might be of interest for anyone who teaches about Buddhism. It's a great vehicle to bring many ideas to the students.
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9/23/2004 9:10:15 PM

bglavas
bglavas
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Subject: New Media Course
The idea that students could read and compare newscasts from around the world and share their viewpoints is such a incredible idea. I would enjoy participating in something of that nature. What a truly worthwhile (beyond educational-- enlightening) endeavor for students to see the viewpoints of their peers from a global perspective.
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