A few weeks ago, I presented a few key points of Chinese tea to a few other students in my grade, and I also taught them how to perform the tea ceremony, a traditional Chinese process where tea is brewed. I thought that my presentation was very successful, with my group enjoying all three kinds of tea we tasted, and performed the tea ceremony on. The teas were Chinese Jasmine, Pu-Erh and Chinese Green Tea. Here is the presentation I used!
The tea house where I presented my presentation was very well equipped and designed, with very comfortable yet traditional chairs, professional materials, helpful staff and also very good tea. I really liked that I could relax while presenting, and to be relaxed is really important in presentations. Here are pictures of the tea house!
I focused on 3 major kinds of tea in my presentation, Jasmine, Green and Pu-Erh, all of which are enjoyed all over China. My group thought that the tea was bitter, yet left a sweet scent in your mouth after consumed. Although they expected the jasmine to be sweet, it was in fact that most bitter, because it went through more processing. My group found the green tea very tasty, and asked for multiple refills. I actually think that Pu-Erh is the best because it leaves a strong scent after consuming it. Here are pictures of me presenting!
If you want to perform the tea ceremony, you have to buy a set of tools, they are quite cheap, but hard to find in some countries. They can be sold in Chinatown of some larger cities, but you have a good chance of finding them online. After you have the equipment, you have to have the right tea, Chinese tea can also be bought in the places I mentioned. After you get those things, just follow the steps I showed, and it is quite simple to perform.
I worked (along with the rest of my chinese class) really hard on this presentation, making weekly reports of various kinds of tea so I mastered the ceremony, and also remembered what I had to say. I had to work for 2 months, but it really payed off because of the support and praise I received.
Today in Chinese class, we learned all about Tang Poems. There are two kinds of tang poems, and they are the Lushi and the Jueju. The Lushi is a poem that has 8 lines, a famous Lushi is the poem Chun Wang, which is a 7 character Lushi, with seven Chinese characters in each line. Chun Wang is a poem about war in the eyes of a poet, here is a definition of the first two lines.
My country has been destroyed, but the mountains and rivers remain,
When spring comes, trees and weeds grow as always.
Juejus have 5 lines, and each line can be 5 or 7 lines. A famous Jueju is Wang Lushan Pu Bu, which has 5 characters in every line. It is about a waterfall which is described by the extremely famous poet Li Bai. Here are the first two lines.
Wang Lushan Pu Bu
The sun shines as purple air rises out of furnaces,
I look at the Lushan waterfall from far away.
Q: How long did you work in SIS?
A: I have been here since 1998. (16 years)
Q: What is your favorite part of Chinese class?
A: During discussion time, where my students can express their opinions freely in Chinese and they can enjoy the culture presentation.
Q: What is your favorite grade to teach?
A: I have no favorite.
Q: What is your favorite 5th grade project?
A: I like the tea culture project, in which students create a presentation after weeks of planning and finding information. They then lead a small group and visit a tea house, where they show their presentations and enjoy tea.
A while back, me and Brook created 2 posters about Oracle Bone Characters, it had pictures and a few simple Q&As. We wrote in Chinese and English. Brook writing the information, and me translating it into English. We used colorful fonts and I liked our work, but the type ended up to be very small. I also liked the design, but some people thought it was messy and confusing.
The questions that we answered were “What are Oracle Bone Characters? How were they discovered? How are they unique? And How are they similar to modern simplified Chinese?”. I think the answers were in-depth and I got a few compliments about them. So, I want some feedback from you! So give your opinion about it in the comments section!
Here are some pictures: