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WebQuest: Set Up a Samurai Training School (Middle and Upper Primary). Samurai Kids 1: White Crane Text © 2008 Sandy Fussell Illustrations © 2008 Rhian Nest James Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ.
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Set Up a Samurai Training School
(Middle and Upper Primary)
Samurai Kids 1: White Crane Text © 2008 Sandy Fussell Illustrations © 2008 Rhian Nest James Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ
The bath is filled with cool mountain spring water. I sink until, like a frog, only my eyes are visible. Fear of failure floats away with the mud. There is nothing wrong with being a frog. Maybe, when I am Sensei, I will build the Frog Ryu.
‘Maybe you will,’ the wizard says inside my head. ‘But now it is time to hop out and let someone else bathe.’ (chapt. 11 p. 105)
Your task is to help Niya set up the Frog Ryu by becoming one of the teachers.1. Introduction
Each team member will assume one of the following roles:
One person may teach more than one subject.
Unfortunately you won’t get paid. The samurai teacher was considered invaluable so a price could not be put on his/her services. However, your students might bring you offerings.2. Task
Click on your role (listed above) to see which websites you will be visiting to research your new job
Prepare a report on what you will be teaching, and how you will teach it.
Prepare an exam of 5 questions to test your students’ knowledge.
The team’s reports and exam paper will form the new Frog Rye teaching program.3. Process
Japanese calligraphy is called shodo, ‘the way of writing’. It is considered an art.
The strokes of the characters have to be done in strict order. Straight lines should be strong and clear, and curving lines should be delicate and mobile. The shape and position of the characters drawn, the gradation of the ink, and the force of the brushstrokes are all important.
Kanji is one of the three character sets. Traditionally, kanji are written in vertical columns from the right to the left side of the page. Calligraphy is signed with a red seal – the artist’s name.
Calligraphy is best taught in the classroom where there is a stable flat surface. The materials needed are a black mat, a bamboo and animal hair brush (fude), black ink, special paper (washi) and a metal weight to hold the paper down.
The ink, called sumi, comes from charcoal sticks which must be rubbed with water on an inkstone until the right consistency is achieved.