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Kamishibai: Lesson 7

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Kamishibai: Lesson 7

This optional art class combines Kamishibai with Manga, giving students a basic introduction to this popular artistic style and allowing them to experiment and create their own manga characters which can be included in their kamishibai. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 5 & 6

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Kamishibai: Lesson 5 & 6

In Lesson 5 and 6, students will learn how to summarise key information by making a ‘skeleton story’ and then will create an illustrated storyboard.

Kamishibai: Lesson 4

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Kamishibai: Lesson 4

This lesson focuses on oral storytelling; the students will develop their ability to tell stories through games and group work. Students also have the chance to add to the story map from the previous lesson. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 3

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Kamishibai: Lesson 3

In this lesson students continue to look at story structure and build on the skills from the previous two lessons by creating a story map, putting all the key events of a story in order.

Kamishibai: Lesson 2

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Kamishibai: Lesson 2

In this lesson, students will learn about traditional rural Japan and use mind-maps as a tool to summarise and present key information. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 1

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Kamishibai: Lesson 1

Students will be introduced to kamishibai and make their own story plate, gathering the most important elements of the story all in one place. It can be used as a standalone lesson for those who don’t have time to follow the whole scheme of work, or for KS1 students.

Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

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Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. As creating and using Kamishibai hones speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, they have many cross-curricular applications.

Kamishibai: The Story of Tanabata (Star Festival)

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Kamishibai: The Story of Tanabata (Star Festival)

This story tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way and is the inspiration for the Tanabata Festival.

O Hanami (April)

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O Hanami (April)

In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami and compose haiku poems using their own thoughts about spring and nature.

Video: How to Haiku - Beyond 5 7 5

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Video: How to Haiku - Beyond 5 7 5

Paul Conneally, haiku poet, introduces the key elements of haiku in this video, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about.