ERIC Number: ED416259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
From an Ancient Tradition to the Present. Chinese Cultural Heritage Resource Guide.
Chen, Ching Fang; Lee, Amy
This cultural heritage resource guide has been prepared as a tool for teachers to help promote better understanding of Chinese students in the New York City public schools. China has an ancient history and a rich cultural tradition, and people all over the world have recognized China as one of the world's greatest civilizations. The earliest Chinese immigrants to the United States can be dated in 1784, but substantial immigration began with the 1848 Gold Rush in California and subsequent railroad building. A timeline traces Chinese immigration patterns and sketches their contributions to U.S. society. The guide is divided into three sections. The first, "Celebrating Our Diversity--A Thematic Unit" contains six literature-based whole language, mini-thematic units. It contains a variety of lesson plans and reproducible pages designed for use with primary-grade children but adaptable for others. Six selections from Chinese literature are included. Each unit begins with a discussion of a children's book, background information about the author, cultural facts, and suggested followup activities for learning centers. Section 2, "Customs and Traditions," focuses on major traditional festivities and customs, namely the Chinese New year celebrations, the Moon Festival, and the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Section 3, "Chinese Inventions," gives brief information on some early contributions. Each theme is connected to the curriculum with activities in subject content areas that encourage cooperative learning and higher-order thinking skills. One appendix presents facts about New York City's Chinatown, and the other discusses achievements and contributions of Chinese Americans. A bibliography of 101 books for students and teachers is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Chinese, Chinese Americans, Chinese Culture, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, History, Immigrants, Inservice Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, Resource Materials, Teaching Guides, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Bilingual Education.