Chinese Writing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Caitlin Ferraiolo Brady

Caitlin is a sixth grade geography teacher in Connecticut. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Techonology.

This lesson is an exploration of the evolution of Chinese character writing over time. In the lesson, students will look at examples of Chinese characters throughout history and try the art of Chinese calligraphy on their own.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify and create several Chinese characters.
  • Explain how Chinese characters have evolved over time.

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Time Length

One 40-minute class period


  • Chinese character evolution charts
  • Black paint
  • Small paint brushes
  • Cardstock
  • Chinese character sentences
  • Sentence example


  • Oracle bone
  • Characters
  • Calligraphy


  • Create a Chinese Character Evolution Chart that the students will use throughout this lesson. The chart should have a variety of words (nouns are usually best) shown from their early oracle bone character through their modern Chinese character. Leave a space at the bottom of the chart for students to write their reflections.
  • Using the related lesson, Writing in Ancient China, introduce the topic of ancient Chinese writing to the class. Explain to the students how the characters have been used to share information and tell stories for thousands of years, but the characters themselves have changed over time.
  • Give each student a copy of the character chart. Allow the students a few moments to look over the chart and jot down any thoughts or questions they have about it in the space provided.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account