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Setting the Stage for Chinese Level 1

Setting the Stage for Chinese Level 1

Plays and Performances for Grades K-6
ISBN:
9780887275296
$23.99
Description

Children learn by doing, and with Setting the Stage for Chinese, children of all ages will learn Chinese as they perform Aesop's fables and classic stories from China. By combining language learning with theater performance, this innovative new compilation of bilingual plays introduces students to Chinese language and culture as they read each story and perform their roles on stage.

This collection includes adaptations of China’s favorite stories and fairy tales such as "The Legend of Mulan," "The Little Tadpoles" and "The Turnip Is Back." Contemporary dialogues, rhymes and songs are woven into the scripts, making the language come alive for the stage. Even parents who don’t know Chinese will find themselves saying lines from the plays they’ve watched, and children who have performed them will remember them for years to come.

Features:

  • The plays are bilingual (English, simplified characters and pinyin romanization), making Setting the Stage for Chinese perfect for both heritage speakers and learners of Chinese as a second language.
  • The plays cover a wide range of topics in Chinese culture, such as the four major traditional Chinese holidays, fairy tales, legends, myths and stories about historical figures. This rich cultural component will help students gain fluency in Chinese culture.
  • Bilingual teacher/parent resource pages for each play contain background information and practical teaching suggestions.
  • A Setting the Stage companion website offers suggestions for costumes and props, a photo gallery, and additional resources. Teachers can share own ideas and photos of performances, too.

 

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2007
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
108pp
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents

Setting The Stage for Chinese

Preface

vii

Acknowledgments

xi

1.       Happy Chinese New Year (A Holiday Rhyme)

 

Play

1

Teaching Reference

6

2.       The Ants and the Grasshopper (A Total Physical Response [TPR] Story)

 

Play

9

Teaching Reference

20

3.       The Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mother (A Fairy Tale Skit)

 

Play

23

Teaching Reference

36

4.       The Turtle and the Hare (Adapted from Aesop's Fables)

 

Play

39

Teaching Reference

52

5.       The Legend of Mulan (A Chinese Legend)

 

Play

55

Teaching Reference

62

6.       The Turnip Is Back (A Fairy Tale Skit)

 

Play

65

Teaching Reference

92

7.       Mimi Says (A TPR Class Activity)

95

Teaching Reference

102

8.       Me (A TPR Class Activity)

105

Teaching Reference

108

About the Series

Many students learn by doing, and with Setting the Stage for Chinese, students of all ages will be singing, shouting and laughing as they learn Chinese. By combining language learning with theater performance, this innovative new series of bilingual plays introduces students to Chinese language and culture as they read each story and perform their roles on stage. Setting the Stage for Chinese offers two levels, providing plays suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced students in grades K-12.

Features:

  • The plays are bilingual (English, simplified characters and pinyin romanization), making Setting the Stage for Chinese perfect for both heritage speakers and learners of Chinese as a second language.
  • The plays cover a wide range of topics in Chinese culture, such as traditional Chinese holidays, fairy tales, legends, myths and stories about historical figures. This rich cultural component will help students gain fluency in Chinese culture.
  • Bilingual teacher/parent resource pages for each play contain background information and practical teaching suggestions.
  • A Setting the Stage companion website offers suggestions for costumes and props, a photo gallery, and additional resources. Teachers can share own ideas and photos of performances, too. To access the companion site, click here.