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Kamishibai: Lesson 9

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Kamishibai: Lesson 9

Students will practice their public speaking skills by using the illustrated cards they produced in the previous lesson to perform their own kamishibai. They will also give constructive feedback to peers and improve their performance based on feedback they receive.

Kamishibai: Lesson 8

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Kamishibai: Lesson 8

In this lesson students illustrate their kamishibai cards, in preparation for their performance. The work is divided up between the class so that all students are working together to create a complete kamishibai set.

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.

Obon Festival (August)

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Obon Festival (August)

Obon is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan and takes place in the summer. It is based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.