Caligraphy

Grades: K-12 | Duration: 60-90 minutes

Students will learn about the concept of language and how writing is a universal communication tool in China. Students will learn how to count in Chinese and be able to recognize the symbols for numbers by demonstration and practice. A museum volunteer will give a calligraphy demonstration by writing each student’s name in Chinese characters. An optional brush painting activity can be added on to this CEP.

Brush Painting Add-On
Experience Chinese calligraphy firsthand! Participants create their own art with ink and brushes in conjunction with the Calligraphy lesson.

Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts Standards

Writing

  • K.7 – Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
  • 1.7 – Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

Speaking & Listening

  • 3.1b – Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
  • 4.1b – Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
  • 5.1b – Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
  • 11-12.3 – Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

California State Board of Education

History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools

  • 7.3 – Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages.
  • 7.3.3 – Analyze the influences of Confucianism and changes in the Confucian thought during the Sung and Mongol periods.
  • 7.3.4 – Understand the importance of both overland trade and maritime expeditions between China and other civilizations in the Mongol Ascendancy and Ming Dynasty.