An exploration of Chinese Writing Forms Evolution
In Grade 8 Language Acquisition Chinese class, our current unit focuses on the concept of “change”. In this unit, we are exploring the impacts of different forms of writing materials and writing tools on human interaction and communication. The objectives of this unit are:
a) Understanding the chronological change of writing materials and writing tools.
b) Examine the impact of digital device development on learning language and human interaction.
Students researched the evolution of writing materials and focused on investigating the changes to the writing of Chinese characters with the use of different writing tools and materials.
Various writing tools (brush, mechanic pencil, ball pen, fountain pen, marker pen, and highlighter) and writing materials (foams, rough papers, sand papers, bamboo books, egg shells, and napkins) were provided for students to practice with. Writing on different surfaces and textures with a variety of writing materials deepened students’ understanding of the evolution of writing materials and tools. Also students compared their experience of creating Chinese characters with digital devices, such as computer, laptop, ipad and handphone by typing Chinese characters and recording their voices. Lastly, students shared their personal experiences with writing Chinese characters versus their mother tongue writing systems: Japanese and Korean.