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					Cultural Literacy Workshop Chinese New Year Agenda
Preparation: Read over center activities and make copies of the activities for all participants Cut 9x12” red and black construction paper in half Cut rice paper in 3 1/2” x 31/2” squares (for Chinese Writing) Cut rice paper in 6” strips down the length of the paper (1 piece of rice papers should make 3 strips) Copy panda bear and dragon puppet patterns Materials: Rice paper squares and strips black & red construction paper 4 1/2” x 6” black construction paper 9” X 12” Watercolors and brushes Black markers Scissors Glue White paper for drawing Pencils 6:30-6:45 Sign up (students and parents) Students choose RIF books Parent/children read books Introduce Sam and the Lucky Money Story


Pre-reading: • Background knowledge for setting: We had Chinese New Year Family Workshop last year. Does anyone remember something about Chinese New Year? Chinese New year is the first new moon of the year. The traditional New Year celebration lasts fifteen days and

ends on the full moon with the lantern festival. Every 12 years of the Chinese calendar is named for a different animal. The Chinese believe the animal rules the year in which a person is born and influences his or her personality. 2005 is the year of the rooster. Do you know which animal you were born under? (See Chinese Zodiac) Read the title and show cover of the story Sam and the Lucky Money, by Karen Chinn. • What do you notice about Chinese New Year from the cover? (Accept any guesses) • The boy seems very happy and he is holding some red paper. Do you know what they are called? • The boy is holding Leisee or “lucky money”. What is “lucky money”? “Lucky money” comes in a red envelope. Children get them from adults during Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese people believe red is lucky so they put the money in the red envelopes or pocket. Money is also a sign of luck. The literal translation of “Happy New Year” (Gung Hay Fat Choy) is “Congratulations on becoming rich” • If you received some lucky money what would you do with it? Talk it over with a neighbor

for one minute. • Let’s read to see how Sam uses his lucky money. Also we want to note how Sam’s character changes from the beginning to the end of the story. Reading: Tell the audience they will use their senses to “get into” the story. Tell them: “Every time you hear words that say something about smell, point to your nose. Every time you can see the picture in your mind, point to your eyes. When you hear sound in the reading, point to your ears. Every time you hear words you can feel, rub your fingers together. When I read the Chinese words, you will repeat them after me. For example, when I say, “leisee”, you will say “leisee”. When I read: • (On page 7), “Everywhere dusty red smoke hung in the air left by exploding firecrackers.” Where would you point? (eye, nose, and ear) • How many of you have heard firecrackers? What is it like? Noisy, smoky, and pieces of paper scattered on the ground. • Do you know why Chinese people use firecrackers for the New Year? Yes, the noise will scare away the evil spirits. • When you read, mention from time to time,

“Can you see, hear, and smell…” but don’t over do it, otherwise you will distract the audience from the story. • Read story with expression • Page 21- show the audience the picture of Sam. Does his expression show his feelings? What do you think Sam is thinking about? Post-Reading: Ask the audience the following questions: • How many of you saw, heard, smelled, tasted, or felt (touched) things from the story the author mentioned? Do you find the story more interesting? Using your senses to read helps you feel like you are inside the story. It is a good reading strategy to use. Try it next time you read. Your story will come alive. • Fill out a story map together.  Where is the setting? (time and place) Chinese New Year, Celebration in Chinatown  Who are the characters? Who is the main character? Sam, his mother, and the beggar. Sam is the main character.  What is the problem? Sam was not happy about the amount of money he got from the “lucky money”. He was greedy, ungrateful, and discontented.

 What is the solution? He saw how grateful the beggar was for the quarter he got. Sam realized how much he had to be grateful for and understood how lucky he was. • Relate to own culture  What is similar and different about the way things are done in our culture and in Chinese culture? (Answers may vary)  Similarities: Sharing is a strong value here and in Chinese culture Respecting elders is important here and in Chinese culture Celebrating by dancing and eating special food with family and friends is done here and in Chinese culture  Differences: Chinese celebrate New Year for 15 days while we celebrate for only one day Chinese get “leisee” (Lucky Money) on New Years while we get presents on Christmas or at Slaaviq Chinese write in pictures while we write with letters

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 Identify cultural influence in texts (custom, tradition and so on)  Identify literary elements and main idea.  Make connections between the text and personal/cultural experiences. 7:15-8:25 Activities • Set up four centers: 1. Make Chinese New Year Card or picture a. -Use Chinese characters b. -Use “papercut” picture 2. Make red pocket 3. Draw Panda Bear 4. Make Panda mask Door prizes

8:25-8:30 Evaluation

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