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China: Understanding Its Past

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By Eileen H. Tamura, Linda K. Menton, Noren W. Lush, and Francis K. C. Tsui

HONOLULU: UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS, 1998

CURRICULUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GROUP

776 UNIVERSITY AVENUE

HONOLULU, HI 96822

262 PAGES

This textbook is written to be used as a supplement to a middle/high school World History course or as a semester standalone course on China. In this capacity it offers the non-China specialist teacher an excellent representation of important documents, events, and people to provide a good introduction to Chinese history. The textbook comes with a Teacher’s Manual and a music compact disc.

This is a nontraditional textbook designed to assist the teacher in organizing, presenting, and evaluating each lesson. Each chapter consists of readings of primary documents, first-person accounts, and excerpts from literary works with only enough contemporary text to place the primary sources into the overall story of Chinese history. The primary documents and text are followed or preceded by suggested activities such as role-plays, guest speakers, simulations, debates, and research. Each chapter also includes questions about each reading; extension activities, such as writing book reviews and essays, developing class presentations, dramatizing excerpts from videos and readings, mapping, oral reporting, creating artwork, designing displays, presenting news broadcasts, making political cartoons; and suggestions for further readings.