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China in the Red
teachers guide

  • A Note to Teachers

  • Pre-Viewing Lesson Plans
  • A Blending of Socialism and Capitalism
  • Meeting the People

  • During-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Watching the People

  • Post-Viewing Activities
  • What Happened?
  • Globalization and a Changing Society
  • Literature as a Window Into Culture I
  • Literature as a Window Into Culture II

  • Resources

  • Summary of China's Economy
  • Glossary

  • Student Assignment Sheets
  • A Brief Overview of China
  • Economic Giants
  • The People
  • Meeting the People
  • Viewing Chart
  • Literature Comparison Chart
  • A Note to Teachers:

    China in the Red is a compelling documentary that explores the country's economic reforms, the decline and problems of state-owned enterprises, and unemployment in the city and countryside. Through the eyes of families in Beijing, Shenyang, and rural areas, viewers will see how a modified socialism blended with capitalism allows some people to become very successful while others fall into poverty.

    Teaching activities have been designed for social studies and language arts teachers of students in grades 9 to 12. Social studies activities use the documentary to examine the impact of economic growth, globalization. and changing family structures in China. Literature-based activities help students explore Chinese culture. Since the documentary follows many people over a four-year period, there is also an activity that provides a way for each student to learn about and track each person. Choose the activities that work best for you and your students.


    This teacher guide was developed by Simone Bloom Nathan of Media Education Consultants. It was written by Ellen Greenblatt, instructor in literature at University High School in San Francisco, and Pat Grimmer, chair of the social studies department at Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Ill. Advisers were Faith Rogow of Insighters Educational Consulting and John Watt of Primary Source.

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