The 7th graders just completed a research and creative writing project in Social Studies and Language Arts. After learning about the history and culture of the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties in China, students then studied Ci poetry, a popular poetry form of the Song dynasty. Students researched a self-selected natural landmark in China and conducted research on the landmark’s region, its people, and its culture. Finally, using what they learned about the landmark, the region, and Ci poetry, they composed their own free-verse poems about the landmark. All of their research and poems were then compiled on a Google Map that we were able to explore as a group and take a “virtual road trip” around China!