Japanese Calligraphy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy. A text lesson explains the history of the art and its purpose and shows examples from famous artists. Students ask and answer questions before applying knowledge to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what Japanese calligraphy is and why and how it was used
  • describe the symbols in Japanese calligraphy
  • discuss the history of Japanese calligraphy

Length

50 minutes for lesson plus time for application

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Japanese calligraphy
  • Shodo
  • Sumi
  • Kana
  • Kanji
  • Ono no Michikaze
  • Hon'ami Koetsu

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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