Today we will be studying and writing about Mao’s regime, and especially the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. You will look at primary sources from the time. Then, using those sources and the assigned reading, you will do a write-up of your ideas. You should write a short piece (300 words) in which you are an American journalist reporting on the Cultural Revolution. What do you observe in China, and why is it taking place? How would you explain it to your readership? Write it in a style appropriate to a newspaper. Be sure to include specifics–you want to give your readers a good picture of what is going on.
You should spend 30 minutes or so looking around at sources, and another 20 minutes or so writing up.
Creating your page
You will be writing this up on the class blog. Here is how to create the blog page you’ll be using:
- Log in to the class blog.
- On the drop-down menu under +New click “Page”
- On the right hand side there is a section entitled “Page Attributes.” On the drop-down menu labeled “Parent,” choose “The Cultural Revolution.”
- In the title bar at the top of the page, write a title for the page.
- Write up your entry in the space provided
- Hit the blue button labeled “Publish” to publish what you’ve written. You can go back and edit or add after you’ve published.
What should you look at?
We will mostly be using the website www.morningsun.org. The site overall is very interesting, and you should feel free to poke around. If you’re not sure where to start, I suggest the following links:
- Listen to the Radio: http://www.morningsun.org/living/radio.html
- Personnel files: http://www.morningsun.org/living/index.html
- Ask Chairman Mao for the Answers to Your Problems: http://www.morningsun.org/living/index.html
- Take an English Lesson: http://www.morningsun.org/living/index.html
- Some of the articles in “Newspapers and Magazines,” http://www.morningsun.org/living/media.html
- “The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Engulfs Peking’s Streets,” http://www.morningsun.org/smash/pr8_1966.html
- “The Miracles of Chairman Mao”: http://www.morningsun.org/red/deafmute/miracles.html
- “The Ferry Port” and “On the Docks”: http://www.morningsun.org/living/enemies/enemies.html
- Look at