Zihang Liu
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    The Famous Places in Beijing

    The Famous Places in Beijing


    The theme of this unit is the sights and customs of Beijing. In this unit, we will learn about high-speed rail, hutongs, courtyard houses, Wangfujing, the Great Wall, Peking Opera, teahouses, Beijing snacks, and other content with Beijing characteristics. By learning the content of this unit, students will have a more detailed understanding of Beijing. This is also very helpful for them to take AP exams in the future.



    • In this unit, we will learn about some famous places and traditional cultures of China. Such as the Great Wall, Wangfujing, and Beijing Opera, etc. It is a face-to-face course.
    • This unit will last 4 weeks.
    • Author: Zihang Liu


    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the famous places of Beijing and some traditional culture and customs of China, especially Beijing customs.
    • You will need knowledge about the Great Wall, Wangfujing Street, Hutongs, Beijing Opera, and traditional Beijing Snacks.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to use the keywords of this unit to introduce Beijing.
    • Students will be able to understand the customs of Beijing.
    • Students will be able to compare the old Beijing and the new Beijing.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will make sentences and paragraphs to introduce Beijing, including the famous places and customs.
    • Students will tell the differences between the old Beijing and the new Beijing.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have a basic understanding of modern Beijing. For example, Beijing is the capital city of China and Beijing is the most important city in China.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Teachers can let students watch videos or role-play as if they are in China. This can not only stimulate students' interests but also help them experience the real life of Beijing. In terms of vocabulary, teachers can encourage students to use these keywords more with their peers to introduce famous places in America they already know. The main goal is to practice using the target vocabulary and target sentence structures.



    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction


    1. Students will watch a promotional video about Beijing, in which students will see some famous attractions in Beijing.
    • questions about the video:
    1. What did you see in the video?
    2. Which place that you want to see the most?
    3. Which is the part that you are interested in, and why?
    • Keywords of the unit.
    1. 迷、建造、速度、差不多、达到、比较、景点
    • Grammar
    1. O 比较 adj (Compare with)
    2. S 到达 P (sb reached sp)



      1. Introduction

        • Begin by asking students if they have ever heard of Beijing or China. Allow a few students to share what they know about Beijing and China.
        • Explain that in this lesson, students will be learning more about Beijing, including modern Beijing and old Beijing. They will know the history, culture, and geography of Beijing.
      2. Geography of Beijing 

        • Show students a map of China and locate Beijing on the map.
        • Discuss the geography of Beijing, including its location, and ring roads.
      3. Famous places in Beijing

        • Present a PowerPoint presentation on the famous places of Beijing, covering topics such as the Great Wall, Wangfujing, etc. Students will see some different pictures of old Beijing and modern Beijing. For example: in old Beijing, Wangfujing is just a well, but in modern Beijing, it has become the most famous place in Beijing and more and more foreigners go to experience it. In this session, students will use the key grammar “比较”(compare with)to tell the differences between old Beijing and Modern Beijing.
        • Engage students by asking questions throughout the presentation, encouraging them to share their thoughts and insights.
      4. Customs of Beijing 

        • Discuss the culture of Beijing, including its food, music, art, and festivals. Students will also see some different pictures of old Beijing and modern Beijing.
        • Use pictures and videos to give students a visual understanding of Beijing's customs.
      5. Activity 

        • Distribute worksheets on Beijing to students, allowing them to apply what they have learned in the lesson.
        • The worksheets should include a short quiz and writing.
      • Files:
        • PDF of an article students will read:《精彩的北京》
        • PowerPoint of the content: 《精彩的北京》
      • Materials:
      1. Map of Beijing
      2. Pictures and videos of Beijing
      3. PowerPoint presentation on Beijing


      Step 4 - Assessments

      Step 4 Assessments

      Formative Assessment:

      • Students will be assessed through the completion of the worksheets distributed during the lesson.
      • The worksheets should include a short reading quiz and writing prompts.

      Summative Assessment:

      • Make Google Slides to introduce one famous place in Beijing. The pictures you used should be an Openly Licensed and include a citation.


      Digital Citizenship Skills

      In this unit, students will also learn about copyright and citation. They may find some Openly Licensed pictures about Beijing to make presentation slide to introduce one famous place in Beijing.


      preview picture:

      Creator: ALEXANDER GUO 

      Name: Beijing skyline from northeast 4th ring road (cropped).jpg

      Year: 22 December 2017


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