If you are teaching about sustainability, environment, or politics, you should share about what is going on at the Rio +20 conference June 20-22. Here are some lesson plans that you can use relating to this conference.
June 20-22 is the Rio+ 20 conference where delegates from around the world meet with the UN Committee on Sustainable energy. For those who care about good stewardship of this beautiful planet this is is an event to note.
Another overview of Qu Yuan. Another note about him is that one of his most popular poems is the "Heavenly Questions" where he asks 170 questions about life. This would be something to download and read via ebook, etc.
A fascinating reading about the "Man who raved at the wall." It is an incredible explanation of a unique poet who used his poetry to bring to the attention the politcis of his time.
The 'man who raved at the wall' was none other than China's oldest major poet, Qu Yuan 屈原 Qū Yuán (often spelt Ch'ü Yüan after the old system of romanisation). Qu Yuan was born in the kingdom of Chu (or Ch'u) in 340 BC, roughly 2,340 years before our time and 1,150 years before Li He's. Like Li He, he was unsuccessful in life, but the consequences were much graver than merely being excluded from the bureaucracy.
At the time Qu Yuan was alive, China consisted of seven states fighting for dominance of the known civilised world.
If you want to discuss the Dragon Boat Festival and cover the legend of Qu Yuan, here are some translated poems. This poem "Li Sao" the Lament is one of the best known poems he wrote. If you're just curious, it is a fascinating read.
"A prince am I of ancestry renowned, Illustrious name my royal sire hath found..."
The fifth day of the fifth moon, this festival is stated to commemorate the death of poet Qu Yuan. They drop sticky rice wrapped in triangles into the water for him to eat in the afterlife. When the locals rowed out to retrieve his body, they say this became the origin of Dragon Boat Racing. There are many other theories and this article does a nice job of outlining them. This is a great cross curricular exploration that has poetry, history, culture intertwined.
The Dragon Boat festival is June 23 this year. This is a lesson plan and has some videos about the Dragon boat festival. It has one of the longest histories of any festival and is being celebrated in more and more cities each year.