Directions for the Hani/Akha Power Point as a Literacy Learning/Teaching Tool

Below is a link to the Word Document of the content.

Instructor Information for Using the Digital Resources on the Hani

Some Basic Information and Suggestions for Using the Digital Resources

about the Hani available at http://transitional-literacy.org/wordpress/

The website links to the Hani materials are generally the same as were offered as a CD package to literacy students, teachers, and colleagues in several states over the past few years. Alltogether, links presented on http://transitional-literacy.org/wordpress/ present a number of materials that can be used in a wide variety of K-12 and postsecondary contexts, with an emphasis on basic written and oral responses to image and text, in addition to promoting other critical skills, such as making inferences. These materials are also intended to introduce students and users of these digital resources to the Hani, an indigenous people of southern Yunnan, People’s Republic of China.

These digital resources cover several broad standards that are common across several states (e.g., New Mexico; Missouri; Nevada; Oklahoma). These include, but are not limited to:

1. Comprehending written, oral, and image-based representations;

2. Recognizing patterns and links across a variety of media;

3. Evaluating information for accuracy and reliability;

4. Using language, literature, and a variety of media to understand people, society, and the self;

5. Producing written, oral, and image-based responses to a variety of media, and;

6. Learning critical thinking and critical media literacy strategies.

Materials on available on http://transitional-literacy.org/wordpress/ include: One Power Point; Several Word Documents, including this Instructor Information Document; One, very brief Movie clip of Mr. Bai reading the Hani orthography.

1. Power Point Presentation. The Power Point is 98 slides, with different types of questions and suggested tasks to prompt student engagement with the presentation.

2. Two Hani-Akha stories translated into English. (These stories originated with the Akha, close linguistic and cultural relatives of the Hani).

3. Questions for the two Hani-Akha stories. Several questions, and descriptions/definitions of different types of questions are presented in this Word Document. The example questions illustrate two basic question-types: literal and inferential; additional questions that involve the students backgrounds are included, but the emphasis here is on two types. These question types are intended to frame oral and written responses to information, images, and sayings presented by the Power Point, in addition to broad discussion topics generated by any of the materials presented.

4. Story written in the Hani Orthograpny: Two Akha Brothers Catch a Turtle. This document is three paragraphs written in the Hani Orthography. This is the same reading passage that is read aloud by Mr. Bai Bibo with the Quick Time video showing the point of his pen following the words; this passage is also read aloud on the audio file.

5. A Quick Time or MP4 Movie Clip of Mr. Bai reading “Two Akha Brothers Catch a Turtle”, which is written in the the Hani Orthography. The camera follows the point of Mr. Bai’s pen as he reads the story in Hani.

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