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Week 16: Deng Xiaoping into the Future

Monday 12/16

1. ISS Speaker from UW

2.  Current Events- 3rd: Kelsey and Tad 4th: Sam and Lino

1. Tiananmen Square reading for Thursday 

Tuesday 12/17

1.Continue watching “The Tank Man”

1. Tiananmen Square reading for 12/16
2. Start preparing for Final Discussion 12/16

Wednesday 12/18

1. Current Events- 3rd: Kyle K. and Michael 4th: Kyle K. and Jonathan

2. ISS Student Speakers from UW

1. Tiananmen Square reading
2. Prepare for FINAL DISCUSSION!

Thursday 12/19


Friday 12/20

1. Current Events- 3rd: Hank and Matt 4th: Aidan and Tiger

2. ISS Speaker from UW


Week 15: Deng Xiaoping- Economics and Foreign Relations

Monday 12/9: 

1. Scored Discussion on: “Black Cat, White Cat”

Tuesday 12/10: 

1. Current Events- 3rd: Celia and Reid 4th: Chris A. and Anahi

2. Economic and Political Systems Sort

  • What are the basics of some economic and political systems?
  • Which systems will be most beneficial to China?
  •  Can you mix various economic and government systems?

Wednesday 12/11:

1. Deng and his vision:

  • Deng’s Speeches
    • Group work analyzing speeches in regards to either: economics or foreign relations

1. Prepare for short presentation on speeches
2. Start Tiananmen Square reading due Monday 12/16. 

Thursday 12/12: 

1.Groups present on speech analysis

2. Start Tank Man

1. Continue work on Tiananmen Square reading due Monday 12/16.

Friday 12/13: 

1. Current Events- 3rd: Anthony, Eleanor, and Vinoth 4th: Chris G. and Jesse

2. Continue Tank Man

Week 1: Introduction to China

Wednesday 9/4: (37 minutes)

Discussion Question (DQ): What images are projected by China to the world?

1. History is about using the past to better understand today. Let’s look at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremonies to see the images and themes projected:

Opening Ceremonies in Beijing (2008) from NBC News. We’ll watch until about 6:12.

2. Get to know YOU! 

3. Nim (if time)

Thursday 9/5: (45 minutes)

DQ: What are your perceptions of China? Are these perceptions accurate?

1. Discuss connections to China/student information sheets

2. Walk through syllabus, administrative tasks, contact information, blog, etc.

3. What do you know about China and how do you know it?

4. Preview TIME article How China Sees the World


Read “How China Sees the World” (Time Magazine) for Monday 9/9.

Friday 9/6:

DQ: How has China changed over time geographically? Culturally?

1. Share initial thoughts on TIME article, How China Sees the World

  • Remember you don’t need to understand every aspect of this article! Generate questions/thoughts you have!

2. Ms. Doherty’s example current events presentation

3. Geography Lecture (begin)

  1. Writing Basic Chinese Characters | Understanding basic Chinese characters
  2. Maps of China: Varying units of analysis:
    • Physical Map Outline (Physical features: What are they? How might they impact living? What geographic questions can we ask about China?
  3. China’s Changing Borders: How have China’s borders changed over time?

Extra Resources:


Complete TIME article, How China Sees the World and its text mark-up for Monday!