Three Chinese Stories
How do individual acts of respect for nature impact the environment we share?
In this unit, the students hear three beautiful stories of Chinese literature. Two are folk tales from ancient China, and the third is present day in North America. The learners explore decision-making and the consequences of choices made. The conclusion/moral is that selfless choices have their own rewards.
In this lesson, the students will recognize that working together and helping others are worth the effort (opportunity costs) in this Chinese tall tale. The skills of listening, predicting and explaining are all employed in this lesson.
Based on the telling of Runaway Rice Cake (The), the class writes an innovation from a different perspective. The moral of the story is that when the character gives generously and from the heart, the giver is also rewarded in some way.