HW for Day 1: Watch the TED Talk below and read "Confucius Makes a Comeback in China." What do these sources reveal about primary issues in China today?


TA iPad Button.jpgTime to change our Zite settings. Keep South Africa if you'd like, but add a "China" section (customize and then find "enter your own...").



Week 1, Day 1: Knowledge, inferences, and questions. What does the article "Confucius Makes a Comeback in China" reveal about China's past and present? What do you already know about people, events, and ideas mentioned in the article? What conclusions (inferences) can you draw from various statements in the article? What questions emerge from this article? What do you think you should learn more about? Dissect this text with a thorough, close reading.
HW (due Tuesday, Nov. 13): Read Chapter 1 from The Tao of Pooh. Spend some time (maybe 30 minutes or so) exploring excerpts from The Analects (collections of wisdom from Confucius); come to class on Tuesday prepared to share three or four favorite passages.

Week 1, Day 2: In class with Ms. Jersild, watch Young & Restless in China. What do these stories reveal about the issues facing China today?
HW (due Tuesday, Nov. 13): Read Chapter 1 from The Tao of Pooh. Spend some time (maybe 30 minutes or so) exploring excerpts from The Analects (collections of wisdom from Confucius); come to class on Tuesday prepared to share three or four favorite passages.

Nov. 13-15
Week 2, Day 1: Too much to do! Highlight the 5 or 6 most important words from your "Analects" selections and deliver them to me; review SA Test 2; complete iPad survey; download supplemental reading and confirm electronic access to our China text; discuss "The Vinegar Tasters"; begin discussion of the "Analects" to be continued tomorrow...
HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle) chapter 1 "Schools of Thought"

Week 2, Day 2:Discuss "The Vinegar Tasters," Confucius, Buddha, Lao-Tse, and Winnie the Pooh.
HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle) chapter 2 "Imperial China" to mid-page 26.

Week 2, Day 3: Introduce and start the China Book Project.
HW: China Book Project: continue to work on your project, especially at this stage identifying and reading source materials for your topic. Find quality resources! I will give higher points for excellent source selections.

When you get into Book Creator, check out Book Creator Support for some helpful hints on how to work with images and audio-video elements.

Nov. 19-20
Week 3, Day 1: China Book Project... You should have most of your resources identified and entered into NoodleBib. Read your resources, prepare a book outline, begin gathering images and audio-visual elements. I recommend that you put these elements in a folder (google drive) or in an e-mail for yourself for future retrieval.
HW: China Book Project

Week 3, Day 2: China Book Project... You should be in full book creation mode. Let's be sure to gauge our progress in class. Ideally, we want this project completed by the end of class today.
HW: Spend time with our supplemental reading, Colors of the Mountain.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 26-29
Week 4, Day 1:Share Book Creator creations; get feedback on the project. Use project slideshow to get an overview of 20th century Chinese history. Finish chapter 2 China in the 21st Century (Kindle) "Imperial China," mid-page 26 to p. 35.

HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle) end of chapter 3 "Revolutions and Revolutionaries," p. 26 to middle p. 42.

Week 3, Day 2: Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion, and the fall of the Qing Dynasty.
HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle) end of chapter 3 "Revolutions and Revolutionaries," middle p. 42 to top p. 59.

Week 3, Day 3: Slow going. We covered the Boxer Rebellion, Sun Yat-sen, and the Northern Expedition today.
HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle) end of chapter 3 "Revolutions and Revolutionaries," top p. 59 to p. 70.

Week 3, Day 4: We are ambitiously looking to cover the Long March, Puyi, the Rape of Nanjing, and the 1949 Communist Revolution. If we can get further (Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, especially) we will...
HW: China in the 21st Century(Kindle) chapter 4 "From Mao to Now," p. 70 to top of p. 82.

Week 4, Day 1: We finished Puyi, the Rape of Nanjing, and the 1949 Communist Revolution. We got a start on the Great Leap Forward.
HW: China in the 21st Century (Kindle)chapter 4 "From Mao to Now," p. 82-92.

Week 4, Day 2: Finish the Great Leap Forward; discuss the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and the end of Mao's reign. Tiananmen Square will come today or tomorrow.

HW: Review for Thursday's test.