Lesson Plan

Telling Tales with Kamishibai

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Kamishibai (paper drama), is a Japanese form of storytelling that uses emakimono (paper picture scrolls), to relay a moral lesson. As part of a series of resources that examine Japanese art and artists, learners watch a video retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale and then construct a kamishibai of the story.

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Classroom Considerations
  • The Asian Art Museum eight-minute storytelling video, "Winning without Hands" is available on YouTube
  • Complete directions for constructing a kamishibai are included
  • The plan can be adapted to any grade level
  • Links are provided to all necessary materials


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