Instead of lecturing students on Chinese calligraphy they will watch a short 3 minute video on it. In the video a chinese calligraphist talks about it. This approach will have more of the students' attention as opposed to me lecturing.
2 direct instruction
The students will begin to explore the importance of chinese calligraphy by first watching a video. After the introduction students will read materials that help to solidfy the information presented in the video. This gives the students both a visual and audio representation.
3 direct instruction/guided practice
The students will watch a short 5 minute video demonstrating calligraphy. After they've watched a video we will practice various brush strokes to get the hang of it.
4 Independent practice
Instead of assigning a specific symbol for them to re-create they will research to find what they want to do. Part of the assignment is to create a chinese banner of calligraphy, show where they found it and what it means.
5 Wrap up
Students will share their banner with the rest of the class. During this presentation they will share where they found their symbols, what they mean and why they chose them. This gives the students a sense of ownership and to feel pride in their work.