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Zheng He resources - primary years

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Lesson plans and resources on Chinese explorer Zheng He
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Resources for teachers of Victorian Curriculum History levels 3-4. Further reading for those who have completed Zheng He's Treasure Map at the Chinese Museum, Melbourne and want to find out more.


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The Dragon Collective

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Storyteller as well as teacher... The Dragon Collective Trilogy is a set of story-based experiences that introduce the foundations of Chinese language to students in Grades 5-9. 
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This resource turns Chinese language learning into a real-life adventure through the use of storytelling, mystery and role play. Teachers must register (for free) to use the site at http://www.thedragoncollective.org/TeacherRegistration.aspx and can then access a comprehensive set of innovative activities including "The Sounds of the Immortals", "The Blackline Mystery" and "The Hunt for the Ancient Compass". The latter can be used to build a Melbourne Chinatown adventure for students, as they set out on a detective quest. Huge learning fun!
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Chineasy

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This visually simple-yet-stunning website and concept must be on every Chinese language teacher's radar, but it is more than a language learning tool. The goal of the creator, Shaolan Hsueh, is to "allow people to learn to read Chinese easily by recognising characters through simple illustrations... With very little effort, learners will be able to read several hundred Chinese characters and phrases and gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural influences behind the vocabulary. Even though there are tens of thousands of Chinese characters, only a few hundred are actually necessary to comprehend basic Chinese literature and begin to delve into Chinese culture and art."

 

We love this concept, and appreciate the beauty of the design behind it.

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Arch Chinese - Learn to read and write Chinese characters

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Learn Chinese characters with innovative Chinese-english dictionary, stroke order animations, online Chinese lessons and character writing worksheets.
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An amazing resource for anyone teaching or learning Mandarin. It is designed for for English speakers with little or no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese so it's really easy to use. Many of the features are free, and the pricing structure is very reasonable for the more advanced features.

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Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project

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Chinese-Australian history lesson plans from LaTrobe University's CHAF Project.

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Hopefully this older series of great lesson plans developed by HTAV and SEAA educators can be revisited and revived at some stage. In the meantime, the CHAF Project archive is still accessible and provides simple, user-friendly lesson plans on a variety of themes and events. Suits Year 5 to Year 10.

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Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia (CHIA)

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This is a catalogue of historical images of Chinese held in Australia from a range of publications, public and private collections. It also contains information to contextualize the images with bibliographic references to assist further research.

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A treasure trove of fantastic visual material to use in the classroom. Many local students might find links to their own family history here. 

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National Museum of Australia - Harvest of Endurance scroll

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Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre-long scroll that represents two centuries of Chinese contact with, and emigration to, Australia. 

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The Harvest of Endurance scroll is an amazing artefact of Australia's multicultural heritage. It is also a fantastic visual classroom resource for students. The NMA website provides various ways of exploring it, together with rich secondary text.

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Chinese Festival e-books for kids

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We love this set of beautifully illustrated e-books with engaging stories for younger children about Chinese Festivals. Suitable for all primary school levels (students would need teacher assistance to read the stories in the lower years, but could work through them independently at year 5-6). It would work particularly well for AusVELS History Level 3, Commemorations and celebrations in Australia and around the world.

 

Developed by www.cultural-china.com, an excellent cultural website based in Shanghai. Loads more excellent teaching resources to be found there!

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Walking in the footsteps of the dragon

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A step-by-step guide for teachers of yr 5-6 through a comprehensive unit of work on the history of Chinese immigration to Australia.

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The integrated unit of work presented here is excellent for teachers of yr 5-6 who don't know where to start. I love the way the writer, Helen Cassidy, sets up the framework for a community of inquiry in the classroom.

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~ GOLD ~

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Explore the impact of the gold rushes on Australia and uncover the stories of the diggers at SBS GOLD!
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This older site is not easy on the eye but it contains great material for use in Victorian Curriculum History at Level 5 and Level 9. The sections on the New Gold Mountain and Fear of the Chinese are well-written.
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The Legend of the Great Lion

Once there was a boy who dreamed of becoming a lion. This is his story. Written and directed by Phoebe Hartley, produced by Amanda Reedy, cinematography by Cesar Salmeron, edited by Ben Hall. Copyright Little Picture Box & Paper Plane Films 2013

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We love this beautifully made 3-minute film about a young Australian-born Chinese lion dancer. The sequence featuring Chinese lions fighting in the Australian bush is delightful. You could use this video as a thought-provoking introduction to any study on Australian immigration, Chinese-Australian history or China-Australia relations.
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The Tiger’s Mouth

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Thoughts on the history and heritage of Chinese Australia
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Historian Dr Kate Bagnall's excellent blog on the history of Chinese Australia. The writing is very accessible so can be used with senior students and would be an excellent resource for VCE Unit 3 Australian History, Area of Study 2: Nation, race and citizen 1888-1914. Some scope for use at VCE Unit 1: Applied history in the local community. Also great for teachers of Yr 9 and upper primary who want to read up on Chinese Australian history.

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Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia

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Anyone who has tried to communicate across the language divide without phrasebooks knows how valuable they are.

This web story explores how Chinese from the gold rush period onwards have used phrasebooks to help them find their way in Australia.

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These documents offer a unique insight into the daily lives, achievements and difficulties faced by the Cantonese speakers who came to Victoria in the 1850s and 60s looking for a better life. An education kit is included with diverse classroom activities including analysis and dramatisation. Education kit: http://chinesemuseum.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Phrasebook-Education-Kit.pdf

Further articles at: http://www.westspacejournal.org.au/article/last-year-he-made-a-large-profit/

http://chl.anu.edu.au/publications/csds/csds2013/csds2013_13.pdf

 

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Chinese Anzacs

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""If Australia is good enough to live in, it is good enough to fight for" - Benjamin Moy Ling  

 

Stories of Chinese Australians who fought during World War I.

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This web story and curriculum-aligned education kit was produced by the Chinese Museum and the HTAV with Culture Victoria, to accompany the Chinese Anzacs Exhibition (Touring in rural areas of Victoria in 2018). 


A rich resource including primary sources and enquiry activities for Year 9 World War I history. Activities can be adjusted for other year levels and would also be useful in the English classroom.

There is also a resource including documentary available, produced for Australian schools by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

View documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cktXc6Nsz0U&feature=youtu.be Download resource as PDF https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/file/1068/download?token=Z7D6D2hd Download resource as .doc https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/file/1069/download?token=wnzuf5ae

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Strangers bearing gifts

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This module assists teachers of students in Year 9 History to implement the Australian Curriculum: History cross-curriculum priority, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. This is done through a developed approach to the depth study, Asia and the world. This approach can be adapted for use in Year 10 History.

 

Teachers explore historical thinking in relation to history classrooms with a focus on understanding key aspects of the interaction between China and the West 1750 to 1918.

 

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I love this PL module written by eminent history teacher Kay Bishop, particularly its excellent methodology on visual sources. 

 

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