Arts, music, dance, and literature of China
Arts, music, dance, and literature of China

Arts, music, dance, and literature of China

I can describe the art, music, dance, and literature of China.

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In this lesson, students will explore Chinese culture by looking at photographs pertaining to the different Chinese art forms, engaging in Chinese music and dance, and listening to a Chinese folktale.

Learning objective

Students will be able to describe the art, music, dance, and literature of China.


Students will analyze a photograph of a Chinese festival with dragons and lanterns. They will be asked to make an inference about what they see in the photograph. Students will learn that China is the most populated country in the world and Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in China. Students will look at a map and learn about where China is located in the world.


The lesson will go over Chinese culture. It will explain different forms of art, what they’re used for, and what they symbolize. The lesson will examine how jade is a stone used to create tools, sculptures, and jewelry. Chinese paper-cutting is another popular art form used as decoration in the home and during festivals, weddings, and childbirth. After learning about the different artforms, students will listen to the sounds of traditional Chinese music and learn about how musical instruments were made such as the fan flute, gongs, and drums. Students will explore the importance of folk dance to Chinese culture. They will also learn that ancient Chinese dance influenced other known movements such as martial arts and gymnastics. Students will learn about an ancient Chinese written language, calligraphy. Then they will listen to a traditional folktale “How Dragons Came to Be” and analyze its purpose.


Students will respond to 10 questions including 6 true/false, 1 multiple choice, 2 open-ended, and 1 short answer question.


Students will list three things they learned about Chinese culture (art, music, dance literature)and discuss how Chinese culture is similar to and/or different from their culture.

Teaching tips

Allow students to take notes about Chinese culture throughout the lesson.

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