Assignments

"Jianti" is Chinese for "simplified characters" (used in Mainland), and "fanti" for "traditional characters" (used in Taiwan).


SES # BEFORE CLASS IN CLASS
1 Course Introduction
2 Timeline of Chinese history, with a focus on the period between 1840 and 1978.

Handout: Characters and Special Terms in Family the Film
3 Read pp. 1-5 of Unit 1 of WB

Hand-write: Preview Exercises [Fanti (PDF) -- Jianti (PDF)]
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss pp. 1-5 of Unit 1 of WB

3-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Why did The Versailles Treaty trigger the May 4th Movement, and how did the movement end?
b) The New Culture Movement (What aspects of the Chinese culture the advocates of the movement wanted to change....)
4 When you have time, do the Unit 1 exercises in the Workbook. Skip "Speaking Exercises" and "Word Game" because you can only do these exercises on a computer. You will need to hand in the Workbook when we have finished Unit 2. Avoid writing "a", "b" or "c"; copy the original words or sentences instead -- it will help you memorize the characters. Discuss pp. 1-5 of Unit 1 of WB

3-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Jiang Qing (brief bio)
b) 4 Ren Bang (The Gang of Four)
c) Lin Biao (brief bio)
5 Watch Family. 1957, 120 min., and do these workbook exercises [Fanti (PDF) -- Jianti (PDF)]. Hand in Film Exercises

Discuss Family the film
6 Read Bio of Ba Jin (pp. 1-2), and pp. 5-9 of Unit 1 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises

For anyone who wants to go one step further, read the entire novel (Jianti).
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Bio of Ba Jin (pp. 3-4), and pp. 5-9 of Unit 1 of RD

3-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) New Youth Magazine (i.e. Xin Qingnian)
b) Anarchism & Humanism
c) Chengdu
7 Discuss pp. 5-9 of Unit 1 of RD
8 Read pp. 10-16 of Unit 1 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises [Fanti (PDF) -- Jianti (PDF)]
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss pp. 10-16 of Unit 1 of RD
9 Discuss pp. 10-16 of Unit 1 of RD

Mock Court
10 Review: WB and RD texts, in-class discussions, preview exercises and film exercises. Quiz 1 (on Unit 1 of WB and Unit 1 of RD and Sunrise the film)
11 Hand-write: Preview Exercises

Read Bio of Máo Dùn in Unit 2 of RD

Check out these pictures of Máo Dùn's hometown today: Wuzhèn (Wu Town) (1, 2) in Tóngxiang City (formerly a county) of Zhèjiang Province. Many of the houses built during the Manchu Qing Dynasty are still in use now.
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Bio of Máo Dùn in Unit 2 of RD

3-5-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Máo Dùn Prize for Literature (Máo Dùn Wénxué Jiang)
b) Warlords, Sun Yat-sen and USSR (1912-1925)
c) The Northern Expedition (beifá)
d) Chiang Kai-shek

Handout: Characters and terms in the film The National Anthem.

Handout: Characters and terms in the film Línjia Pùzi and the excerpts in RD.
12 Discuss Bio of Máo Dùn in Unit 2 of RD

3-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) The Purge of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party; gòngchandang) by the KMT (Nationalist Party; Kuomintang; guómíndang)
b) The League of Left-wing Writers
c) The 9.18 Incident (1931)
d) The 1.28 Incident (1932)
e) Yán'an (focus on it historical and political significance from 1935-1945)
f) Chóngqìng
13 Watch The National Anthem. 1999, 114 min., and do workbook exercises. Hand in Film Exercises

Discuss the film The Lin Family Shop.
14 Read Lessons 4-6 of Unit 2 in WB

Hand-write: Preview Exercises

When you have time, do the Unit 2 exercises in the Workbook. Skip "Speaking Exercises" and "Word Game" because you can only do these exercises on a computer. Avoid writing "a", "b" or "c"; copy the original words or sentences instead -- it will help you memorize the characters. You will need to hand in the Workbook when we have finished Unit 2.
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Lessons 4-6 of Unit 2 in WB

3-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Leon Trotsky (brief bio; thoughts)
b) sòngzào and yuánbao
15 Watch The Lin Family Shop. 1959, 83 min., and do workbook exercises. Hand in Film Exercises

Discuss the film The Lin Family Shop
16 Read Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, i.e. pp. 35-42 of Unit 2 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Parts 1-4, i.e., pp. 35-42 of Unit 2 of RD
17 For those interested, read Línjia Pùzi, a short story, in its entirety - Jianti. If the characters do not show correctly in your web browser, go to View > Encoding or Character Coding> Chinese Simplified (GB) or Chinese Traditional (Big5). Discuss Parts 1-4, i.e., pp. 35-42 of Unit 2 of RD
18 Read Parts 5, 6, and 7, i.e. pp. 42-48 of Unit 2 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss pp. 40-48 of Unit 2 of RD
19 Your Learn Chinese from Modern Writers Workbook is due today. Unit 1 and Unit 2 exercises will be checked and graded. Discuss pp. 40-48 of Unit 2 of RD

Mock Court
20 Review: WB and RD texts, in-class discussions, and all written assignments. Quiz 2 (on Unit 2 of WB and Unit 2 of RD)
21 The BFA delegation will bring their students' animation films. Guest Lecturer: Animation at Beijing Film Acadamy
22 Read Bio of Cáo Yú in Unit 4 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises

When you have time, do the Unit 4 exercises in the Workbook. Skip "Speaking Exercises" and "Word Game" because you can only do these exercises on a computer. Avoid writing "a", "b" or "c"; copy the original words or sentences instead -- it will help you memorize the characters. You will need to hand in the Workbook when we have finished Unit 3, and Unit 4.
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss the CMS Colloquium: Animation at the Beijing Film Academy

Discuss Bio of Cáo Yú in Unit 4 of RD

3~5-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Tianjin
b) Ibsen and A Doll's House
c) Léiyu, Cáo Yú's best-known play
d) The Story of King Goujiàn of Yuè and King Hélyu of Wú
e) The Story of Wáng Zhaojun
23 Read Lessons 10-12 of Unit 4 in WB.

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Lessons 10-12 of Unit 4 in WB

3~5-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) The education system in Mainland China
b) The education system in Taiwan
c) The Marxist idea on "class" (jieji) and "exploitation" (boxue)
24 Read Introduction, Parts 1, 2 and 3, i.e. pp. 107-111 of Unit 4 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Parts 1-3, i.e. pp. 107-111 of Unit 4 of RD
25 For those interested, read Sunrise in its entirety (Fanti -- Jianti) Discuss Parts 1-3, i.e. pp. 35-42 of Unit 4 of RD
26 Watch Sunrise. c. 1985, 112 min., and do these exercises. Hand in Film Exercises

Discuss the film Sunrise
27 Hand-write: Preview Exercises

Read Parts 4, 5, and 6, i.e. pp. 111-117 of Unit 4 of RD
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss pp. 111-117 of Unit 4 of RD

Mock Court
28 Discuss pp. 111-117 of Unit 4 of RD
29 Mock Court
30 Quiz 3 (on Unit 4)
31 Watch the film Yellow Earth. 1984, 89 min., and do exercises. Hand in film exercises.

Discuss the film Yellow Earth
32 Read Lessons 7-9 of Unit 3 of WB

Read Ding Líng Bio, pp. 63-64 in Unit 3 of RD

Hand-write: WB Unit 3 and RD Ding Líng Bio Preview Exercises

When you have time, do the Unit 3 exercises in the Workbook. Skip "Speaking Exercises" and "Word Game" because you can only do these exercises on a computer. Avoid writing "a", "b" or "c"; copy the original words or sentences instead -- it will help you memorize the characters. You will need to hand in the Workbook when we have finished Unit 3, and Unit 4.

Review: WB and RD texts, in-class discussions, preview exercises and film exercises.
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss Unit 3 of WB and Ding Líng Bio, pp. 63-64 in Unit 3 of RD

3~5-minute Presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Xinhài Gémìng
b) Shafei Nvshì de Rìjì
c) "Zài Yán'an Wényì Zuòtánhuì shang de Jianghuà" by Máo Zédong
d) Beidàhuang
33 Learn Chinese from Modern Writers (Workbook) due. Unit 3 and Unit 4 exercises will be checked. Documentary Film Clips: The Long March, Shanbei and the Xi'an Incident
34 Read "Wo Zenyàng Lái Shanbei de" (pp. 69-74) in Unit 3 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss "Wo Zenyàng Lái Shanbei de" in Unit 3 of RD

3~5-minute presentations (visual aids welcome):

a) Xi'an
b) Zhang Xueliang
c) Hóngjun
35 Read "3.8 Jie You Gan" (pp. 81-85) in Unit 3 of RD

Hand-write: Preview Exercises
Hand in Preview Exercises

Discuss "3.8 Jié You Gan" in Unit 3 of RD
36 Discuss "3.8 Jié You Gan" in Unit 3 of RD
37 Review: WB and RD texts, in-class discussions, preview exercises and film exercises. Quiz 4 (Unit 3 of WB; Unit 3 of RD: "Wo Zenyàng Lái Shanbei de" and "3.8 Jié You Gan")
38 Work on your end-of-term essay. Mock court
39 End-of-term essay instructions. (PDF) Hand in end-of-term essay.

Final thoughts about Chinese writers in the 1920s and the 1930s.

Course Evaluation