Friday, February 17, 2017

China's Discoveries and Inventions

To prepare your mini-scroll about China's inventions and discoveries complete these steps.

  • Read chapter 18 in your history book.  Take notes on the following inventions and discoveries
    • Smallpox innoculations
    • gunpowder
    • canal lock
    • paper money
    • porcelain
    • movable type
    • mechanical clock
    • rockets
    • compass
  • Select the top four inventions and discoveries based on how much they continue to influence our lives today.
  • Create a scroll about them using the paper strip you were given in class.
  • Include 
    • a title "page" at the start of your scroll
    • a section (page) for each discovery/invention you selected with 
      • the name of the discovery/invention
      • the Chinese characters for it
      • a picture of it
      • a 50-75 word paragraph about it that
          • explains  it
          • describes which it is still important
You project will be graded on:
  • Completeness
  • Visual appeal
  • Historical accuracy

This project is due on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This is a 70% project.

Here is a sample:

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Outsiders Extension Projects

For this extension activity you will research one of the elements S.E. Hinton incorporated into her novel, The Outsiders.

Your project must include visuals and multiple paragraphs. The number of paragraphs is dependent on the topic you choose.

You may present your findings in any format, such as an essay, brochure, presentation, model, or display.  You are only limited by your own creativity.

Be sure to discuss and explore in-depth how the element you chose to research is featured in the novel.  Include an introduction, body paragraphs and an conclusion.

Choose a research topic from the following:

  • Tuff cars of the mid-60's: Corvairs, Mustangs, T-Birds and Corvettes
  • Greaser icons: James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Marlon Brando in The Wild One.
  • Music: Elvis, The Beatles and Hank Williams
  • Rodeo Events
  • Books: Great Expectations  by Charles Dickens: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
  • Drive-in culture;  movie genres and representative examples from the golden age of the drive-in, the late 50's to the mid-60's.
  • Robert Frost and his poetry

You project will be graded on the visible effort shown in your visual and on the overall quality of your essay.  All other elements of your project, depending on the project you select, will be counted towards your overall grade.  

Projects/presentations are due Friday, Feb. 17.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Buddhism in China The Journey to the West

Who was Monkey?

The Journey to the West was a novel published in China in 1592 (16th Century.)  It tells the story of a Buddhist monk named Xuanzang who traveled from central China in the mid 7th century, across the Himilayas to India where he studied Buddhism.  He wanted to learn the ancient Buddhist texts and bring them all back to China where Buddhism was still a new idea.

If Zuanzang is the hero of his journey, then his three companions are his allies: Sun Wukong (the Monkey King)Zhu Bajie (Pigsy) and Sha Wujing (A strong man called Sandy also known as the Water Buffalo.)  The three companions were probably not based on real people. They are considered folklore and have been very popular in China.  Each of them goes on the journey to atone for their sinful lives by helping Xuanzang.

You can read about Monkey by following the two links below.

The Journey to the West part 1

The Journey to the West part 2

Your assignment:

Create a book about Buddhism in China.  Your book will include information about The Journey to the West and about Buddhism in China.  Your book will take the form of a Tibetan prayer book like the ones pictured below.

For this project, you will work in teams of three students.  Each student will make one section of your book.  To make your book use three pieces of legal size paper folded accordian style and taped together into a single long book like this:

To start, fold a single piece of paper in half like this:

Then fold each half back the other way, in half again like this.

Your end result should open up and lay flat.  Make three.

One student will have the cover and pages 1 through 4.  Like this.

This student will do the following pages:
  • A cover page including a title, artwork and the authors full names  
  • 1. Who was the real life Xuanzang?
  • 2. What was The Journey to the West?
  • 3. Summary of slide show #1 from Asia Society Kids (part 1)
  • 4. Summary of slide show #1 from Asia Society Kids (part 2)
One student will have pages 5 through 8.  

This student will do the following pages:
  • 5. Summary of slide show #2 from Asia Society Kids (part 1)
  • 6. Summary of slide show #2 from Asia Society Kids (part 2)
  • 7. What are the Four Noble Truths?
  • 8  What is The Eightfold Path?
One student will have pages 9 through 12 and the back cover.

This student will do the following pages:
  • 9. What is Pure Land Buddhism?
  • 10. What is Chan buddhism?
  • 11.  Where is Buddhsim today?
  • 12. Who is the Dalai Lama?
  • Back cover artwork and list of sources used.

When everyone has finished their work, put your pages together into a single book. 

Use the websites above, the packet on Buddhism from Stanford and other sources to complete your project. 

Buddhist prayers books like this are known for fairly simple, colorful artwork. You may write yours in Chinese characters going down, but include an English translation. You may number the pages.

Your project will be graded on overall appearance, quality of the writing included, historical accuracy and any

Projects are due on Wednesday.

Just for fun here is a trailer for a movie based on The Journey to the West.  The Journey to the West continues to be popular in China.  There have been several movies and a television series based on the novel.