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Group Assignments for the China Unit

Please review your Spring Moon packet for due dates – for evaluation criteria – for assignment formats.

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SOME POLITICAL GROUPS YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEN READING SPRING MOON

Emperor (Imperial system) – this system of government worked well for approximately 2,000 years. It was based on an amalgamation of Confucian and Legalist political philosophies. The Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty was the last of the Imperial dynasties and was a Manchurian dynasty that came to power around 1650. The last emperor abdicated in 1912.

Guomindang a.k.a. GMD – (Kuomintang a.k.a. KMT) – this was the original party organized by Sun Yat-sen as an organization to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. It was revolutionary when set in a political spectrum of the year 1900 in China.

Sun Yat-sen was the founder of the GMD – both the Chinese Communist Party and the GMD claim Sun was an early key revolutionary who led to the development of each (organization) while both groups also claim that Sun would have rejected the other group if he had lived long enough.

Zhiang Gaisek (Chiang Kai-shek) – military commander within the GMD who took power after Sun’s death. He moved the GMD to the far right of a political spectrum set in China during the 1930’s. He attempted to destroy the Chinese Communist Party beginning with the Shanghai Incident of 1927 and he reunified China declaring the second Republic of China in late 1927. He went through several periods of truce with the CCP after the invasion of China by Japan during the mid thirties. He, and the GMD, lost an all out civil war to the CCP that began around 1946 and ended in 1949 when he and the top GMD leadership fled to Taiwan where they continue to claim to be the rightful rulers of China. Their government is still called the Republic of China and has a unique relationship with the United States.

Chinese Communist Party a.k.a. CCP, a.k.a. Reds – early CCP founded around 1915 and worked together with the Guomindang to reunify China during the Warlord Period. The CCP was nearly destroyed when Zhiang purged the GMD of all known communists, killing most of the top leadership. Three who survived would play key roles in later Chinese history.

Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung) a.k.a. Chairman Mao, a.k.a. the Great Helmsman – a minor official who survived the 1927 purges because he was working with peasants in a remote region of southern China

Zhou Enlai (Chou En-lai) – a highly educated classical Marxist strategist who fled to Japan and rejoined Mao during the Long March. Zhou was never totally trusted by Mao but managed to always stay on the "correct" side of every ideological movement.

Zhu De (Chu Te) – a master military strategist who ran the Red Army from early in the Long March until after the Korean War

The CCP survived and grew under Mao in Hunan Province from 1927 until 1935. The GMD annihilation campaign forced the "withdrawal" of the Red Army beginning the Long March to the north. Finally reaching Yenan Province in 1937 the CCP kidnapped Zhiang Gaisek and forced a second United Front to resist the Japanese expansion into northern China. In 1945, with the defeat of Japan by the United States, the CCP was perceived by many (probably most) young and educated Chinese as the hope for a new beginning in China. The GMD had been mired in corruption and the leadership was no longer trusted. When the Civil War began again around 1947 the masses joined with the Red Army and the CCP took control of the country. In 1949 Mao declared the formation of the People’s Republic of China, a.k.a. the PRC.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT ONE DATES TO REMEMBER FOR YOUR GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES:

January 12 Groups to share goals, strength/weaknesses, organization. Individuals come to group with an extensive timeline and Spring Moon journal completed (Becky and Craig will expect that this material will be a key criteria for grading on all group’s peer evaluation)

January 13 Groups to work with Spring Moon and the political spectrum.

January 14 Groups to prepare for Spring Moon presentations (July’s People formant will be used.

January 15 Group presentations and discussions with student evaluations.

January 16 Group presentations and discussions with student evaluations.

 

January 26 Your Spring Moon essay is due at the beginning of the period.

GROUP ASSIGNMENTS

Group 1: Prologue Group 2: West Wind Group 3: Spring Fire

Group 4: Golden Ashes Group 5: Summer Wine Group 6: Jade Phoenix

Group 7: Sowing Dawn Group 8: Epilogue

Bette Bao Lord takes five generations of a Mandarin family form the 1890’s through the Culture Revolution. By coming to care about people who have lived through a series of events, we arrive at a deeper and more affective level of what recent Chinese history means.

Your group will be giving a concise presentation that should lead you to a deepening understanding of the conflict between traditional and revolutionary values held by a variety of people in China today. The focus of this process will be in two parts:

Select and present to the class the historical events that act as a backdrop for events in your particular section of the novel. Use your timelines to make connections and implications with real history. This should be a quick overview of the key events and a more detailed explanation of the function the event played in the lives of the characters

Describe the reaction of each of the characters involved with the events you have chosen and state what values you believe are being expressed by each reaction. Categorize these values into traditional or revolutionary – SUBSTANTIATE!

Criteria for Presentation Evaluation (July’s People format):

Organization and clarity

Strength of ideas and use of relevant data to substantiate

Level of discussion generated by the group.

Spring Moon

ASSIGNMENT ONE – Preparation Format

Assigned: 12/15/08

Keep a Spring Moon journal that is separate from your other notes.

DUE DATE: January 12, 2009. You should have finished the novel and have completed both the journal and the timeline.

THE CONTENT OF YOUR SPRING MOON JOURNAL SHOULD INCLUDE:

FORMAT: (each person needs to complete this for himself or herself)

Timeline – Create a "correct" timeline. On it please record all historical events and key events from the novel. Be sure to note which characters support which political movements.

Questions

Quotations (be sure to list page numbers)

Ideas and connections to other material or sources

NOTE: Please make frequent entries in your journal as you read and keep your timeline up to date. You will be using your journal as a resource.

Below you will find a suggested list of ideas to keep in mind as you read. They should be included in your journal entries.

VALUES AND BELIEFS

Yielding

Time

Family – filial piety

Roles of men/women

Guilt vs. shame

Conformity vs. individuality

Xenophobia

Ethnocentrism

Confucianism

Legalism

Daoism (Taoism)

OTHER IDEAS TO CONSIDER

Einstein’s Democratic Universe

Traditional vs. revolutionary (POV)

Political spectrum (place characters)

Cultural universals

East vs. West

Impact of history on individual people

SPRING MOON

ASSIGNMENT TWO -- MID-YEAR ESSAY

DUE: January 26, 2009 (beginning of class)

CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW:

OPTION ONE: Using Spring Moon to substantiate, prove one of the following statements.

Western values have forced a fundamental shift in Chinese values and beliefs.

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Western values have only been draped over the surface of Chinese culture.

In either case, you should use references to other literature, history and current China to strengthen your ideas where appropriate.

OPTION TWO: Choose a focus from your Spring Moon journal. Discuss how your focus creates or reflects Chinese values and beliefs.

Again, you should use references to other literature, history and current China to strengthen your ideas where appropriate.

 

FORMAT: Place "Option One" or "Option Two" on the title page. Include your outline pages (cluster and linear or any other style of your choice). Include the Peer Edit Page if you choose to use a peer editor.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THREE PAGES.

Remember to place your name and level on the back.

This is not mandatory – you may use it as a self-editing guide or you may ask another member of the class to be a peer editor.

Peer Editor ______________________

Author of Essay ______________________

Note: Be sure you know which topic (Option One or Option Two) is used.

The focus of the essay is: ______________________________________

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The main substantiations are:

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Show how the data (substantiations) are interpreted and connected to the focus by the author or make suggestions as to how to do this. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What original ideas make this paper special? ______________________

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Suggestions for improvement

Organizational ____________________________________________

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2. Mechanical ___ ___________________________________________

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3. Data and ideas ____________________________________________

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Remember to read your essay aloud toward a wall so you can listen for areas that might need work.

ODYSSEY – DUE ON JANUARY 13, 2009

 

***PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN GROUP EVALUATION FORMAT***

GROUP# ________GROUP NAME _________YOUR NAME __________

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION:

Has an accurate and complete timeline with additional history and Spring Moon characters/events linked to events in the novel (1894 – 1981) 5 POINTS MAXIMUM

Has a complete journal with notes and quotes 5 POINTS MAXIMUM

To receive a "10" the person must have completed the novel and both #1 and #2 above.

Please list all group names (including your own) in the same order

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ODYSSEY : GROUP PRESENTATION BASED ON WORK DONE 1/14/08

 

 

Your individual grade is an average of the group evaluation’s percentage times the teachers’ evaluation of the groups’ performance.

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CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION: (LIST YOUR GROUP’S GOALS/NORMS)

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