WebQuest for 7th Grade (Social Studies & Language Arts)
Kelly Stevens & Beth Spataro Ji-li Jiang
Author of Red Scarf Girl
Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion
Setting the Scene
The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was a period of great uproar in China. The story takes place in Shanghai, China,
during the onset of Chairman Mao Ze-dong's Cultural Revolution. By 1949 Mao established a Communist state by
defeating the former ruling party, the Nationalists.
In 1966, when Ji-li's story begins, Mao has just imposed the Cultural Revolution to cut people's ties to pre-
Communist China. To start, schools and hospitals were closed and often destroyed. Mao Ze-dong enlisted help of
the Red Guards (mostly high school and college students) to implement rules and to eliminate people’s ties to pre-
Communist China. Having only grown up during the Communist state, many of the young people (Red Guards) had
little understanding of China's pre-Communist past and were aggressively violent about enforcing these rules. They
frequently terrorized people they felt were not good Communists, and those under suspicion often lost their
positions or their memberships in the Communist Party. Countless others were sent to work camps. Some were
thrown in jail or even killed.
While reading Red Scarf Girl you will learn more about the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In order for you to truly
understand these events and to share with others your human rights knowledge, you will need to complete the
activities in this WebQuest.
Once you have completed the novel and the other activities, you create a Power Point presentation to present to
Follow these steps in order to successfully complete this WebQuest.
1. Reading Activity - Read the novel Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang.
2. Mapping Activity
Go to the following link and print out the map of China.
Websites to assist you:
Make sure your map has the following elements :
o Major cities - Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xian
o Major rivers - Yellow River, Yangtze River, Pearl River
o Major waters - Pacific Ocean, South China Sea
o Major Sites - Great Wall, Forbidden City
3. Timeline Activity
The Cultural Revolution has played an important part in the history of China. Using the following sites, create a
timeline in MS Word. You must create a timeline of a minimum of 5 events that charts events leading up to the
Cultural Revolution and ending with Mao's death in 1976. Write a 1 paragraph summary of each event you list. You
will later link your timeline to a Power Point Presentation
MS Word Timeline Template
Websites to assist you:
Peoples Republic of China
Country Reports: China
4. Writing Blog Activity
You have learned a lot of important information regarding the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Write a
detailed Blog from each of the categories in red below.
Your first name only should appear at the bottom of each Blog.
Don't forget that a good article contains the answers to the following questions: who? what? when?
You will later link your Blogs to a Power Point Presentation
Reading Skills and Strategies Blog Categories
Evaluate Fact and Make Judgments and Understand Cause and
Recognize Point of View:
Opinion: Decisions: Effect:
Compile several of the Identify some of the Frequently, Ji-li is Consider the
sayings from the da-zi- most trying decisions shocked by the differences in how
bao, the propaganda Ji-li must make and indifference with which various characters feel
posters criticizing the discuss their outcomes. people are interrogated throughout the Cultural
educational system. and humiliated for Revolution, and write a
Refer to the glossary 1. How are her decisions seemingly simple things paragraph from the
at the back of the complicated by the like the clothing they perspective of one of
book if you need help pressure to become an " wear, family the following
" child according to
with unfamiliar terms. photographs, even using characters detailing
Lead a discussion to nicknames--anything significant details about
and to break with her "
determine whether " family? that remotely the revolution to
these sayings are 2. How are Ji-li's represents the Four communicate to the
composed mostly of decisions influenced by Olds. world:
fact or of opinion. the Communist Ji-li
propaganda? 1. What motivates the Ji-li's father
3. How would you have student inspectors, Ji-li’s brother
made these same the Red Guards, and Ji-yong (Ji-li's friend
choices and what their other citizens to
from junior high school)
decisions would have interrogate people
Chang Hong (Ji-li's
been. this way? Read Ji-li's
epilogue (pages 265-
272) as you discuss
Use these sites to help you gather additional information about Ji-li Jiang:
Ji-li Jiange Homepage
Interview with Ji-li Jiange
5. Power Point Presentation
Now that you have completed steps 1-4. I Choose your partners that you will collaborate with to create a Power
Point Presentation. You will all be presenting to one Social Studies core about the Cultural Revolution in China and
Ji-li Jiang’s Red Scarf Girl. You will be the presenter/teacher, so be ready with all materials to fill 60 minutes of
core time. If you need copies made, give to Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. George, or Mrs. Spataro at least 2 days prior to presentation date to proof
and make copies.
Your Power Point should include:
Title page with all your names
Choose 1 of your maps to scan and include in the Power Point
At least 5 slides describing the Cultural Revolution
At least 5 pictures detailing the Cultural Revolution
At least 1 slide describing Mao Ze-dong (with picture) and his strategies.
At least 1 slide showing a Propaganda Poster used and a discussion question to hold
Both your timelines linked (with detailed paragraphs)
o If your timelines in any case have similar events, you can either combine the two / or choose one
At least 1 slide describing who Ji-Li Jiang is (include picture)
At least 1 slide summarizing Red Scarf Girl
Both your Writing Blogs linked
Include Slide Transitions in between every slide
Include at least 10 Custom Animations at any point in your presentation
EVERYONE in your group should share in the development and presentation stage to receive full credit.
Therefore, I’m not looking for 1 presenter or 1 developer – you ALL will do it ALL by sharing the workload!
Websites to assist you:
NC WiseOwl: Grolier Online
Mao Ze-dong from Dr. Dowling
BBC News on Mao Ze-dong
GROUPS AND PRESENTATION CORES:
Core 1 Core 2 Core 3 Core 4
Emily Dallas Matt Aaron
Kiah Logan Donovan Kristine
Micheala Claire Eliza Chelsea
Ti Alex Allison Hunter
Nick Drew Sam
Congratulations, you now have a clearer understanding of a devastating human rights violation in the 20th Century.
Don't forget that the more we know of such historical events the less likely the chance of this kind of event
happening again. It’s also, time for you to present to your peers. I will assign a core to present to on Thursday,
March 8, 2007.
Last updated January 2007.