It takes me 4-6 weeks to teach the unit, depending on snow days and vacations. We will make connections during other units throughout the year.
Okay, you got my interest once again. "Forbidden City" by William Bell looks fabulous. I'd begin with background knowledge. Start with any news clips that you can find on the incident.
I found this Upfront article on China censoring Google's search engine, which connects to our kids' interests. I discovered that I cannot paste links, so I'll e-mail it to you. I also found a web hunt on Scholastic that compares and contrasts China, yesterday and today, a nice nonfiction component. Ancient China is a part of the Social Studies curriculum in 6th grade, so this will integrate nicely. I'll e-mail that to you as well. Try National Public Radio (NPR) online. They archive many historical radio broadcasts and interview of historic events. For example, I was able to find a broadcast about the day Saigon fell during the Vietnam War. It is a primary source document as survivors shared their stories.
Last, I'd look for resources on fine arts and culture of China: poetry, drama, music, art, sports, educational, government, etc.
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