Chinese 6


Unit Essential Questions Habits Of Mind Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension Integrated Learning
Chinese (6)
  • How does second language learning enrich one's life and inform a sense of global citizenship?
  • Why is culture important in learning a new language?  
  • In what ways are Mandarin Chinese and English (or my mother tongue) similar or different?


  • Fundamental Chinese characters (I): strokes, stroke order and character forms
  • Mandarin phonetics: initials, finals and intonations
  • Daily classroom communication: greetings, farewell, courtesies and expressions related to classroom operations
  • My family: kinship terms, age, nationality, birthplace, occupations, colors, parts of body, and descriptive words
  • My Chinese classroom: contents of the room, locations, and measure words
  • My regular school days: daily routine, class subjects, time and segments of a day, and after-school activities (hobbies)
  • My backpack: contents of one’s backpack, stationery items, and measure words
  • My favorite sports/hobbies: weather, seasons, and interrogative (question) words
  • Topic of student choice
  • Recognizes the meanings and sounds of the characters; writes characters from memory following correct stroke order
  • Sounds out words with clear pronunciation and accurate intonation
  • Understands daily classroom conversations and utilizes the target expressions to communicate with members of the class
  • Introduces family members in detailed information, including the relational terms, nationality, birthplace, age and occupations, and their appearance
  • Describes Chinese classroom: its appearance, contents, location and nearby rooms; designs an ideal Chinese classroom
  • Describes the schedule of one’s regular school day and exchange information regarding each other’s schedule; creates an ideal class schedule
  • Describes one’s backpack, exchange information regarding each other’s backpack; creates an 21st century backpack
  • Makes a plan related to one’s favorite sports/one’s hobbies
  • Collaborates with classmates, accesses Chinese websites for research

  • Formative: informal classroom observations, dialogues, quizzes, and tests
  • Summative: role plays, oral reports, student portfolios and group projects
  • Student self-assessment
  • Teacher created materials
  • Online resources
  • Authentic artifacts
  • Understands how language is imbedded in culture, and to successfully learn a second language, one needs to know the target culture
  • Develops awareness and understanding of the target culture through studying the cultural perspectives, products and practices of the Chinese people
  • Studio Arts and Media Arts
  • Language Arts and Humanities