Washoe Country School District

July 24, 2014

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Japanese Curriculum Guide 1/2


FIRST YEAR – Japanese 1-2
Items in RED contain lesson plans/ideas
Japanese Writing
Japanese vs. Chinese vs. Korean script
roomaji (for translation and typing in Japanese)
hiragana script (everything there is t know!)
katakana script (recognition only & student names)
kanji script (extras + the 39 presented in the Ima! 1 book: numbers, Japan(ese), time, days of the week, the date, people, verbs –multiple readings)
asking for the readings of unknown words
25+ common verbs in all –masu forms                  (be, begin, buy, close, come, eat, drink, go, do/play, finish, forget, learn, listen, make, meet, open, read, return, run, say, sleep, speak, try your best, understand, wake up, walk, watch/look, write)
agreeing & disagreeing (sou desu ne / iie, chigaimasu)
calendar (months, days of the week/month…)
classroom commands
countries/languages/nationalities overview (nihon/nihongo/nihonjin…)
dates (year/month/day)
giving & receiving (borrowing/lending) words (douzo, doumo, kashite kudasai…)
greetings and introductions
hell / goodbye words
hobbies/leisure activities
morning routine (wake up at…, get dressed, make breakfast, eat ___, drink ___, g t school/work)
numbers: 0-9,999 (age, cost, dates, days, months, pages, phone numbers, year in school, time…)
places (downtown, house, room, park, school, work...)
polite phrases (please, thank you, excuse me, sorry…)
question words: who, what, where, when, how…
school (classes/subjects, classroom objects, schedules, supplies, teachers & grades)
self introductions: name, age, year in school, where you live, phone numbers…
titles of respect: …sama, …san, …chan/kun
weather expressions
commands (verb-te kudasai)
(comparison of Japanese t Spanish)
desu (am/is/are) (___wa ___desu.)
-i / -na adjectives in the present and past tense
particles: ka, mo, ni, no, to, wa/ga, (w)o, yo…
possessives: ‘s / of = no
questions, answering & making / question words                               (choice, open ended, yes/no)
requests (___wo kudasai/onegai shimasu)
sentence patterns (topic-wa object-wo verb)
subject pronouns (watashi/boku, anata, …tachi) (leaving them out when appropriate)
verbs: identifying type I, II, III verbs in the dictionary form
verb conjugation (polite “desu/masu” forms): …masu, …masen, …mashita, …masendeshita, …mashou(ka)
word order: English=SVO, Japanese=SOV
accepting and denying compliments
Animation (Miyazaki: Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa)
bowing / sitting (seiza)
Chinese Zodiac (year of the dog…)
education system (including a Japanese yearbook)
festivals & holidays (new year, Christmas, valentines/white day, girl’s day, children’s day…)
folk tales (Miminashi Houichi, Saru Kani Gassen, Urashima Tarou)
food / etiquette / table manners / chopstick lesson
games: jyanken, karuta, sudoku…
“Japanese Cultural Encounters and how to handle them” (book dealing with many topics)
map of Japan/geography: 5 islands + major cities
meishi (business cards)
music: traditional (koto, shakuhachi, taiko) and modern (children’s songs, pop music)
origami (cranes, flowers, stars, dollar bill designs)
show and tell (various realia: ear pick, new driver symbol, foods, money, purikura, signs, toys…)
traditional Japan vs. modern Japan

WWII (starting with Pearl Harbor and focusing on the war in the Pacific as well as the Japanese internment)