Students will be able to:
- Identify the major kinds of tea in China by their color, and the regions from which the teas originate
- Describe the Chinese cultural practice of drinking tea
- Explain how tea products have been introduced to other cultures through trading over time
- Understand the role that culture plays when new products are introduced and adapted to local preferences
- Tea: 绿茶，红茶，乌龙茶，花茶 (loose leaf), plus an American-style tea in tea bags
- Tea utensils: Chinese-style tea pot, tea cups, tongs
- Thermos with hot water for tea
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Six 30-minute periods (this will vary depending on the students’ Chinese proficiency level).
Enrichment: 龙井茶，普洱茶，高山茶，茶工厂，出口，海运，路运，国内，国外，历史，山上，欢迎，外国人，俄国，土耳其，日本，英国，法国，日本，意大利，怪不得，茶道，茶糖，绿茶蛋糕，珍珠奶茶，骆驼，船运, 茶园，种类，产地，种
Summary of Unit
In this unit, students will follow the biography of an object: tea. As they trace the origins of tea growing and consumption to present-day practices, students will discover the ways in which a product may be adapted by cultures to such an extent that it takes on a new life. At the end of the unit, students will be able to discuss how tea developed as a product and as part of cultural rituals in China, as well as how tea has found new cultural rituals abroad.