Group Assignments for the China Unit
Please review your Spring Moon packet for due dates – for evaluation criteria – for assignment formats.
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 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:
Criteria for Presentation Evaluation (July’s People format):
ASSIGNMENT ONE – Preparation Format
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)
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
Family – filial piety
Roles of men/women
Guilt vs. shame
Conformity vs. individuality
OTHER IDEAS TO CONSIDER
Einstein’s Democratic Universe
Traditional vs. revolutionary (POV)
Political spectrum (place characters)
East vs. West
Impact of history on individual people
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.
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.
2. Mechanical ___ ___________________________________________
3. Data and ideas ____________________________________________
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:
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.
GROUP# ________GROUP NAME _________YOUR NAME __________
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION: (LIST YOUR GROUP’S GOALS/NORMS)
YOUR NAME ____________________ SUB GROUP _____ (A, B, C, D)
SPRING MOON PRESENTATION FEEDBACK