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Use the attached forms to complete the activities listed in the boxes on this page.


Travel Guides

Travel Guides

     Make a travel guide:  one for Ancient China or one for Contemporary China.

     Use the research links provided in this libguide.

     The travel brochure should give tips (suggestions & warnings) to the traveler, and hi-light places to visit. 

     Include key features or points of the following:

  • Economy (industry, work)
  • Geography (climate, landscape, major cities, map, scenic image)
  • Philosophy / Religion
  • Places to Stay
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Points of Interest / Attractions

     Final products should be an 11" x 17" brochure, tri-folded.



Grading Rubric




Travel Brochure



Picture Books



Analyze posters and images



Chinese Zodiac



Tangram, Puppet, Kite










Mao's China

1.  Image Analysis - Mao's China

    Go to the Analyzing Images tab of the
    Red Scarf Girl & Chinese Cultural Revolution libguide

    Answer the questions in each of the 3 boxes

2.  Souce Analysis - Mao's China

    Go to the Analyzing Sources tab of the
    Red Scarf Girl & Chinese Cultural Revolution libguide

    Answer the questions in each of the 5 steps.

3.  Make a propganda poster

     Choose a quote and design a poster.





Picture Books

  • Look at the illustrations in the books.
  • Choose one picture from each book.
  • Describe your feelings/reaction to the picture.
  • What connections can you make?
Cover Art
The Red Piano - André Leblanc; Barroux (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780980607017
A beautiful and extraordinary account of international concert pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei’s hardships and triumphs while growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution nbsp; Stirring andnbsp;inspiring, thisnbsp;picture book relates the story of a gifted young girl's passion for the piano in a time of historic turmoil. During China's Cultural Revolution a young girl is taken from her family and sent to a far-off labor camp. Forbidden to play the piano, she nevertheless finds a way of smuggling handwritten music into the camp and sneaking away at night to practice a piano in a secret location#151;until, one night, she is caught. Inspired by the amazing true story of international concert pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, this acclaimed picture book poetically relates an astonishing story of perseverance set against a cataclysmic period of history.

Cover Art
Red Kite, Blue Kite - Ji-Li Jiang; Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423127536
When Tai Shan and his father fly kites from their roof and look down at the crowded city streets below, they feel free, like the kites. Baba loves telling Tai Shan stories. Then, a bad time comes. People wearing red armbands shut down the schools, smash store signs, and search houses. Baba is sent away, and Tai Shan goes to live with Granny Wang.

Cover Art
Mao and Me - Chen Jiang Hong; Claudia Z. Bedrick (Translator)
ISBN: 9781592700790
"In its excellence in representing political upheaval through the eyes of a child.

Cover Art
Red Land Yellow River - Ange Zhang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780888994899
When Mao's Cultural Revolution took hold in China in June 1966, Ange Zhang was thirteen years old. His father was a famous writer. Shortly after the revolution began, many of Ange's classmates joined the Red Guard and they drove their teachers out of the classrooms. But in the weeks that followed Ange discovered that his father's fame as a writer now meant that he was a target of the new regime.


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