Japanese I for the year 2012-2013

Tomoko Ogi Moses

Murray High School, Murray, Utah

The majority of students are bright young people who want to challenge new ventures like learning Japanese or they have Japanese heritage in them.  It shows that they are motivated and fast learners.

The students learn four writing systems in Japanese:  Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji and Romaji for the first term.  They will develop fluency in spoken Japanese during class time through variety of activities and projects.  The students will work together in pairs and/or groups cooperatively to acquire five language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of culture, history, geography and current news of Japan.  Groups will be designated by the instructor.

Month

Standards

Indicators

Assessment

August

Introduction to Japanese: geography, brief history and start working on Romanized writing

Geography quiz

 100

September

Students start learning Katakana writing system.  Work on Workbook I. Practice on the individual board and markers.

Students produce flash cards to memorize Katakana

Produce portfolio for Parent/Teacher Conference

Quizzes in three groups of sounds

 

 150
  
  50

  50 

 

October

Students continue working on Workbook I

Students write names of 50 states in the United States and other countries on the US and world maps.

Students listen the Japanese sounds and write what they hear

 

Katakana Quiz

US  and the world maps

Oral Katakana quiz

 100

100

 50

November

Students start learning Hiragana on Workbook I

Students learn how to write parts of body and useful expressions in Hiragana by singing

Students produce greeting dialog and play roles to each other in Japanese

.Movie:  Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa

Quizzes in three groups of sounds

Oral Hiragana quiz

 

Role play

Movie review for extra points

150
  
  50

  50

 

December

Complete Workbook I

Start Lesson 1:  Introducing self and greetings, sentence construction in Japanese:  subject, adjective, adverb and predicate at the end.

“desu” or linking verbs and its present tense conjugation

 

Submit the Workbook I

Vocabulary Quiz

 A half of the chapter Test

 

100
 
  50

100

January

Continue Lesson 1

How to write names for self and family members in appropriate writing system.

State name, age and nationality as well as names of countries, and people and languages

Kanji Exercises

Vocabulary Quiz

Chapter Test

Written assignment

  20

   50

100

  80

February

Lesson 2: Adjectives (and), numbers (0 to 10,000), colors

 

 

Kanji Exercises

Vocabulary Quiz

Color by numbers

A half of the chapter Test

 

  20
 
  50

  30

100

 

March

Lesson 3:  あります。います。sentences

Action  “masu” verbs and their present affirmative conjugation

 

Movie:  Kagemusha by Akira Kurosawa and students will write a movie review.

Kanji Exercises

Vocabulary Quiz

Chapter Test

Written assignment: movie review

  20

  50

100

 80

April

Lesson 7:  tell time, daily routines

Action “masu” verbs and their past and negative conjugation.

Write speech for the Language Fair

Participate in BYU Language Fair

Kanji Exercises

Vocabulary Quiz

Speech draft

Language Fair

  20 

  50

100

 80

 

May

Lesson 7 continued and 14 verb conjugation

Construct sentences by different transportation and destinations

Review vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures for the year

Students will write an essay in English with the topics related to Japanese language, culture and history.

 

 

Produce verb charts

Vocabulary Quiz

Lesson 4 and review test

Essay

Self Evaluation as Summative Assessment

  20
  
  50

100

 80