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North and East Asia

Pixton Lesson Plan on North and East Asia

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North and East Asia

Step 1Class discussion with students

Begin by learning some fun facts about the countries in North and East Asia.

Some countries that will be discussed are:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Mongolia
  • Russia
  • South Korea

Each student will have to match a statement to the appropriate country. At the end, review the answers to see who made the most matches.

The statements are:

  • The government has provided classrooms with helper robots. (Korea)
  • Consists of over 6,000 islands. (Japan)
  • Has enough railroad tracks to circle the world twice. (China)
  • Families can only have one child. (China)
  • Men regularly wear makeup. (Korea)
  • Has the most skyscrapers in the world. (China)
  • Beer is not considered alcohol. (Russia)
  • Has the oldest national park in the world. (Mongolia)
  • There are more pets than children. (Japan)
  • Home to half of the world’s pig population. (China)
  • Contains the most polluted lake in the world. (Russia)
  • Consumes the most cooking oil per person. (China)
  • The minimum monthly salary for full time work is $150 US. (Mongolia)
  • You are born one year old. (Korea)
  • Adult diapers are sold more than baby diapers. (Japan)
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Life in North and East Asia

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  • Make a Comic
    Life of a Buddhist Monk

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Choose a Russian explorer or trader and create a Timeline summarizing their journey to what is now Alaska.

  • Extension / Modification
    Map (Extension / Modification)

    Using a blank map of North and East Asia, students will label six countries, four landforms, and four bodies of water. Include a list of 10 interesting facts at the bottom of the page.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Explore the status of China’s fringe states such as Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. Are these states considered part of China? Why are they fringe? Can these people move freely around China?

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Pixton Activity: North and East Asia 1 Life in North and East Asia

Instructions

Design a Storyboard that illustrates the daily activities of one of the major countries in North and East Asia. Choose from the following countries:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Mongolia
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • South Korea

Make sure to discuss the following subjects:

  • Language
  • Religion
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Customs

Each panel should also include:

  • A title
  • An appropriate graphic
  • A detailed description of the activity

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Life in North and East Asia

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: North and East Asia 2 Life of a Buddhist Monk

Intro

The life of a Buddhist monk is very different than that of the average American person. Monks have an outstanding dedication to both social work and spiritual study. They dedicate their life to the Buddhist faith at a very young age. They also give up all their worldly possessions so that they can become closer to God. All these things are done to achieve their main goal in life which is to attain nirvana.

Instructions

Create a 6-10 panel Storyboard depicting a typical day in the life of a Buddhist monk.

Each panel should include:

  • A title with the time / activity
  • An appropriate illustration that accurately depicts their activities

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Life of a Buddhist Monk

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

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