Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Research and making of skits and masks on the life of Shi Huang Di
* In your group, write a script that is both informative and entertaining.
1) Each person must have notes from the research classes. (3 pts)
2) Each must have a copy of the script.
3) Each must make a mask. One sheet to be used for the face; an additional part of a sheet used to create the upper form of the crown, hair-do or hat. Use color and shading to make a dramatic mask.
4) Each must write the parts of their script on the back of the mask. This is what’s called a dramatic reading. We portray action and use detailed dialogue, but it is not memorized.
* Roles may include a narrator.
* Essential parts of the story -
- Chinese life: technological advances such as magnetic compass, gunpowder, ship’s rudder, papermaking, silk porcelain, wheelbarrow, etc.
- construction projects: the precursor to the Great Wall and new highways with standardized widths.
- other improvements to China: standardization of the language, expansion of the empire into Southern China.
- fear of death and autocratic control; looking for the elixir of eternal life.
- opposition to the ethics of Confucious. Be specific.
Visuals: colorful paper masks must be made by each student. Robes will come from the classroom accumulation.
* The goal is to explore the medium of script-writing as a learning tool.
Will you remember more about this historic figure as a result of having studied him through the skit process? Has your understanding of the history of China been enhanced?
* Which similar world leaders come to mind in a comparison to China’s First Emperor?