India & China Teacher's Guide

July 29, 2000 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Jasmine - Rural Women Know It All

The team visits the Rural Women Knowing All Magazine to learn about China's women -- the faces that make up over 60% of China's labor force in rural areas, but who were overlooked until now.

  1. Find National Geographic pictures of young, poor women in China. After reading the article on this website, pass out the pictures to small groups of students. Have them imagine the young women have moved to the city and are writing about their experiences in a journal: the new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.
  2. Have students create a brochure for Beijing to describe the popular spots the girls from the country may see upon arrival.
  3. For discussion: (if you have students from other countries in your class): What was daily life like in your country? How have things changed? Do you feel that the changes have or will improve your life in the future?
    If you don't have students from another country in your class, have the students imagine they were sent to live in a village of China and answer the questions from this perspective.

Abeja - I Thought the Bad Guys Always Wore Black

The team visits Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. We learn about the massacre of June, 1989, Communism and the Cold War.

  1. Pull out the photos from Time, Newsweek, etc. and have the students read about the Tiananmen Square situation (try to get articles from as many points of view as possible).
  2. Follow up discussion: How could something like Tiananmen Square have happened? Why did the Communist leaders want to cover it up/or How did the leaders see the protest? What do they say about it now?
  3. Using the board game, Risk, put students in small groups in the main countries involved in the Cold War: the U.S., China, Vietnam, Korea, the U.S.S.R. and Cuba. Give them pieces of paper with information concerning their country and their goals. Students attempt to accomplish their goals and foil their opponents.

Jasmine - Playing the Game, The Communists Score!
*Kid's Version available

The team discusses the birth of the Chinese Republic, introduces the leaders of China in the early 1900 era: Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kaishek and the Kuomintang, and Mao Zedong and the Communists.

  1. Watch all or parts of The Last Emperor (be aware that there are a few sensitive parts). Create questions that build on the information in this article on the webpage to compare with the film.
  2. Have students draft a letter from the point of view of the Emperor to other leaders of the world in the early 1900's making sure the tone of superiority is there.
  3. Give students a copy of a map of China and the Pacific Rim and in small groups have them detail out with paper troops the movements between 1911 and 1950 to check for understanding of the article.

Yang-Yang - The Many Loved and Hated Faces of Mao
*Kid's Version available

The team visits Mao Zedong's villa in Wuhan and his mausoleum in Beijing. They reflect on the legacy that Chairman Mao has left behind and on what the Chinese people's views are towards him today.

  1. Newsweek or Time magazine had an excellent spread on Mao a few years ago. Find an article to build on the information provided in the article on this webpage and have students read and take notes on Mao's good and bad points.
  2. For discussion/writing: Do you think Chairman Mao was a good or bad leader? Why or why not? Support your reasoning with information from the webpage and articles.
  3. Compare and contrast Mao with other leaders such as President Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Fidel Castro etc.
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