01. Global Prehistory, Art & Humanities, Teaching

Lesson Plan: Jade Cong

Lesson Plan: Jade Cong

This is actually the first piece I teach of the year because I find this to be a fantastic piece to introduce an important concept that will see us throughout the year: form, function, content, & context (I call it FFCC for short). I also use this lesson to help students learn how to set up their notecards that will be the foundation for all our note taking for the year.

Students are in groups of four for this activity (that will be IMPORTANT to the lesson). Each student takes a 8×11 piece of paper and fold it into four squares, then in the middle they draw a roughly 3″ by 3″ square. The center square is for a sketch of the Jade cong with the full ID written out: Jade cong. Liangzhu, China. 3,300-2,200 BCE. Carved jade. The outside squares are labeled with the parts of FFCC.

Read more: #7. Jade cong. Liangzhu, China. 3300–2200 BCE. Carved jade.

This is when I go over the parts of FFCC and hand each student this cheat sheet Each student is given a different colored highlighter and they will be assigned their own part of FFCC to look for today. Each student is given a different short article but are ONLY looking for one part of FFCC. They will rotate the articles until their original article gets back to them. Therefore by the end, each article should have all four highlighter colors on it and each student will have read all the articles, but only looking for their part of FFCC. (accommodation HINT: if you know your student’s reading levels I would suggest assigning your lowest level learner FORM, it is the most straightforward part to find.)

Here are the four articles I provide my students:

Homework: I tell each student to take their paper from today home to transfer information on to their notecard and watch a video on the working of jade and add that information to FORM.

Extension: depending on the schedule sometimes I teach the Apollo 11 Stones in another lesson, or I have the students individually do an FFCC notecard on the Apollo 11 Stones using their textbook.


P.S. I collect the notecards at the end of a unit. 1 point for each notecard done correctly. If you would like to see my year-long overview check out this post!


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