Several Views of China

For more than 30 years China has been transforming itself from a poor country with an economy based on rural farming, to a more wealthy, developing nation with an urban industrial economy. As you work through today’s activity, be on the lookout for examples of China’s poor rural agricultural past colliding with its more wealthy urban industrial future.


Link to assessment #1


You will be working through a series of stations. Use the materials provided by your teacher, and in the table below to help you. As always, be very gentle with all library materials, and read all instructions very carefully.
Note: This three day activity addresses the following elements from our districts GVC
  • seventh grade social studies WCO #4- "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others"
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • global awareness

All students working through the station activity will need a copy of this packet: or this Google doc


Day #1

Station #
Topic
Related info/links
1
We will begin today's lesson by watching several short videos created by the National Geographic Society. As you watch you are to make notes about things that surprise or interest you most.
Chinese Elementary School, Panda Reserve, China’s Amazing Flora, Shanghai, Terra-Cotta Warriors
2
Visit Culture Grams, and search for information on both China and the United States. Use the information you find to fill in the table on your answer sheet.
Culture Grams link
3
Use the NASA link at right to answer the questions on your answer sheet.
NASA comments regarding China's space program
4
Use the link for this station to access the video giving travel advice for tourists headed to Beijing.
Lonely Planet's Beijing travel advice
5
Use the atlas provided at this station to help you identify China's neighbors, etc.
See table for station number 5.
6
Learn about the unwanted environmental side effects of China's rapid growth by using information provided by Global Issues in Context

7
Use the descriptions provided of two young people living in Chinese cities.
See table for station number 7 (or use file posted below).


8
For this station we will be working together as a group reading and listening to an article titled, "China and the Decline of US Manufacturing Industry". Be sure to familiarize yourself with the questions that go along with the article before the actual reading begins.

Day #2 Access the study guide for Last Train Home by clicking here.
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Day #3

Use the document for your core. Be sure to read the directions carefully then work with your table group to answer your questions. (Jing Video)

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Link to assessment #2
Link to instruction video