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The Arts of Ancient and Traditional China for Elementary Classrooms   Tags: bronze bells, china, chinese arts, chinese dragons, classroom activities, dragons, handscrolls, lesson plans, peach blossom spring, phoenix, primary source world, visual arts  

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The arts were central to notions of a good life in dynastic China. The classroom activities in this cluster introduce elementary students to Chinese art masterpieces in their cultural and historical context, highlighting harmony as a Chinese cultural aspiration. These primary-source activities also build students' literacy skills in reading, listening, and visual analysis. Students can hear a performance played on a set of ancient bronze bells. They can unwrap and unroll a Chinese handscroll and examine its intricate details. And they can search the collections of a museum, "hunting" for the dragon and phoenix while learning the vocabulary of the decorative arts. Studying diverse works of Chinese art, young people will develop their appreciation of Chinese artistry, and also begin to appreciate the arts as an expression of human emotion across time and place.

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