Samurai: Design Your Own Symbol
The imagery on a samurai’s armor expresses that samurai’s identity and source of inspiration or empowerment. Is there an image you connect with most?
Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.
Duration: One class period over the course of 1 week
Common Core Standards: W 6-12. 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Content Standards (California): VPA/T 6.2: Participate in improvisational activities, demonstrating an understanding of text, subtext, and context.
Materials: Internet access; pencils and paper; props to enhance storytelling
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This lesson was developed as part of the Mandarin Storytelling Project. The World Languages department of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the Asian Art Museum designed and piloted the Mandarin Storytelling Project. Participating students learned traditional stories from China, translated their stories into Mandarin, and performed their stories to other students alongside artwork at the museum. Written by Ching-fen Huang, teacher, Washington High School, SFUSD; and Caren Gutierrez, school programs coordinator, Asian Art Museum, April 2010.