Zhuge Liang as depicted by Takeshi Kaneshiro in the 2009 Film, Red Cliff (赤壁)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi 三國演義) (review)
Three Kingdoms (San Guo 三國) period (220-280 CE)
Discussion: Zhuge Liang and Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms-themed video game (left) and "shanzhai" (山寨) legos (right)
Today we will focus as much as possible on the “consider” questions from last night, which were:
Begin by turning to a partner to review your notes and highlight what you remember from these topics. In addition to sharing information or “answers,” we are also going to try to use these questions to build on other questions.
Next class we will focus on the interiority of the novel itself, including its plot and a focus on Zhuge Liang (諸葛亮), among its most popular characters.
Map of the Three Kingdoms:
Review and practice for Unit II Assessment (Google Doc)
Ban Zhao and the world of the Later Han
In your digital notebook, respond to the following questions (the first of which was a “consider” question last night):
Admonitions for Women (Partner work)
Read the selection from Ban Zhao’s Admonitions for Women (Nüjie 女誡) (PDF). Read the shorter selection and use the comprehension questions on the document to help you and your classmate make sense of the text. Then, return to the third “consider” question from last night:
Open discussion (possible directions):
Reflect on your discussion contributions. It may be useful to compare my impressions with your impressions. A few points on discussion:
Reflecting on contributions from peers:
Today, we focus our discussion on the following two sets of questions outlined in the homework:
How is Sima Qian’s personal biography essential to understanding his public role?
How did Sima Qian understand the responsibility of the historian? How was his approach like and unlike your understanding of how historians work?
Debrief from yesterday’s debate: “Looking back from the twenty-first century, did Qin Shihuangdi help make China great again?”
Points in favor
World of the Han: Context:
Summarizing in Digital Notebook
“Pop quiz” review. Is the following statement likely to be true of a Legalist approach to rules at Hotchkiss? (Mark true or false):
Debate: “Looking back from the twenty-first century, did Qin Shihuangdi help make China great again?”
You can see from the Axial Age in Chinese History timeline (PDF) that Shang Yang was born before Zhuangzi and died during his lifetime. Han Feizi was born six years after Zhuangzi’s death.
This was the latter half of the Warring States period (475-221 BCE):
In this conflict it was the northwestern state of Qin that rose to dominate the North China Plain:
One other note and question: This is the first (but not last) time we will encounter lurid details amid a highly-personal account of how power works. To what extent does this framing of history make sense to you? To what extent does it seem to fall short of giving us the full picture?
The Hotchkiss Law Code
Examples from Qin law code:
Reflect on Unit I essay:
Goals for Unit II: “Making China Great Again”
Field trip to the third century BCE
Complete Unit I Assessment Planning survey (Google Forms)
Guided research (with a partner):