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Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:36 PM GMT0 • comment (50) • Reads 737

The people of each community are slaves to various sources within the community: The Giver, the Council of Elders; Gathering Blue, the Council Guardians; Messenger, Trade Mart, their greed, and Forest.



Within our own society are we truly free? Are there areas or times within our lives in which we are restricted from exercising our personal freedoms? Can people truly be free? Explain your response.

Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:36 PM GMT0 • comment (50) • Reads 737



Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:33 PM GMT0 • comment (74) • Reads 43

The societies within our novels each have their own way of remembering thier past. In our own society, children are taught history throughout their educational career.



Why is history an important part of a societies existence? Should all people be educated about past events or should this knowledge be saved for only certain people within the society? Explain your reasoning.

Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:33 PM GMT0 • comment (74) • Reads 43



Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:30 PM GMT0 • comment (94) • Reads 54

In each society, color plays an important role. In Jonas's society, color has been taken away and everything is seen in various shades of gray; in Kira's society, blue is missing; and in Matt's society, Forest is turning dark and black.



Color elicits various feelings, emotions, and actions within our own society. After completing the class activity, write how colors mak you feel. Describe what various colors represent in your life.

Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:30 PM GMT0 • comment (94) • Reads 54



Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:26 PM GMT0 • comment (101) • Reads 46

As you meet the main characters of each novel, each is experiencing fear. Define in your own words what the feeling of fear means to you.



What are items, incidents, or times in which you have felt fear? Why do we fear things in our lives and/or surroundings? How do you overcome your fears

Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:26 PM GMT0 • comment (101) • Reads 46



Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:22 PM GMT0 • comment (108) • Reads 120

Utopia: A place of ideal perfection especially in law, government, and social conditions.



You have just completed your before reading activities in which you have researched the term utopia. Have you ever thought about what an ideal community would look like? For 10 minutes, write your thougths about what your ideal utopian society would look like. What would be the laws or rules? What would happen if someone broke the rules? Include as many details about your ideal society as possible. That means . . . elaborate!

Article posted April 11, 2007 at 08:22 PM GMT0 • comment (108) • Reads 120



Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:33 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 42

Look at your Prime Minister for a Day Worksheet distributed in class today which displays the major problems of India.



If you were the Prime Minister of India what would you do to solve them? Choose 1 problem to discuss and use the format your LA teacher requires you use.



This is due to me by FRIDAY, February 9, 2007 since it's attached to your test grade.

Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:33 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 42



Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:30 PM GMT0 • comment (17) • Reads 89

Consider the differences in how various characters feel throughout the Cultural Revolution, and write a paragraph from the perspective of one of the following characters detailing significant details about the revolution to communicate to the world:

 Ji-li

 Ji-li's father

 Ji-li’s brother

 Ji-yong (Ji-li's friend from jr. high)

 Chang Hong (Ji-li's grandmother)

Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:30 PM GMT0 • comment (17) • Reads 89



Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:29 PM GMT0 • comment (15) • Reads 88

Frequently, Ji-li is shocked by the indifference with which people are interrogated and humiliated for seemingly simple things like the clothing they wear, family photographs, even using nicknames--anything that remotely represents the Four Olds.

1.What motivates the student inspectors, the Red Guards, and other citizens to interrogate people this way? Read Ji-li's epilogue (pages 265-272) as you discuss this question.

Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:29 PM GMT0 • comment (15) • Reads 88



Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:29 PM GMT0 • comment (13) • Reads 48

Identify some of the most trying decisions Ji-li must make and discuss their outcomes.

1.How are her decisions complicated by the pressure to become an " " child according to Communist standards and to break with her " " family?

2.How are Ji-li's decisions influenced by the Communist propaganda?

3.How would you have made these same choices and what their decisions would have been.

Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:29 PM GMT0 • comment (13) • Reads 48



Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:28 PM GMT0 • comment (15) • Reads 185

1.Compile several of the sayings from the da-zi-bao, the propaganda posters criticizing the educational system.

2.Refer to the glossary at the back of the book if you need help with unfamiliar terms.

3.Lead a discussion to determine whether these sayings are composed mostly of fact or of opinion.

Article posted February 8, 2007 at 04:28 PM GMT0 • comment (15) • Reads 185



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