今古市场 Markets of the Past and Present

Introduction
Ancient Markets
Markets Today
Assessment
Connection to PGL

Introduction

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Understand various aspects of trade and the effect it has on societies and the world
  • Articulate that needs are driving forces for both change and continuity in the development of markets over time
  • Compare markets in ancient times with those in modern society
  • Understand and explain at a rudimentary level how markets have both changed and maintained their continuity to meet human needs
  • Understand signs relating to markets

Introductory Video

Suggested Materials

Southern Inspection Tour Scroll 6 (detail)
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Time Required
Six 40-minute periods. (This may vary, depending on the students’ Chinese proficiency level.)

Vocabulary
Basic: 古代,现代,相同, 不同, 长,热闹,河,桥,各种, 市场,集市,店,贵,便宜,赚钱, 商场, 纪念品,需要,方便,看热闹,谈天
Enrichment: 清明上河图,北宋,开封,厘米,南京路,货摊,地摊,货郎担,茶馆,推车,进出口公司,小商品市场,菜市场,豫园商场, 证券交易所,网上购物公司,上网,股票,逛商场,了解,文化 , 重要,电脑,飞机

Grammar Structures
有的…有的…
…越来越…
虽然…可是…还是…
…把…连在一起

Summary of Unit
In this episode students will first learn about ancient markets in China, specifically in the Song and Qing Dynasties, and then today’s markets in Shanghai. By examining these markets, students will see that markets are changing over time while maintaining their ties to the local culture to meet people’s needs for price, quality, and efficiency, as well as for pleasure and relationships. As they explore the relationships between markets and people’s needs, the students will learn vocabulary and grammatical forms that will enable them to talk about these relationships in Chinese at a rudimentary level.