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The People’s Republic of China: Who Should Own the Land? A Unit of Study for Grades 7-10

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By Susan Meisler and David Wakefield
Los Angeles, CA:
Regents of the University of California
National Center for History in the Schools, 1991
83 pages

This curriculum guide, produced by the National Center for History in the Schools, is intended as a set of lessons to teach middle school students about the problems associated with land ownership, land redistribution, and agricultural organization by using China as a case study. As such, the guide serves as a valuable “real-life” episode, which has tremendous potential for informing students of one of the most crucial issues affecting governments worldwide, especially in the developing world. The curriculum is evidently to be introduced to students by way of a “dramatic moment,” which provides a clear visual and mental focus on the problems of land ownership in early twentieth-century China.