Teaching Red Scarf Girl

Teaching Red Scarf Girl
Course Type:
Self-paced Workshop

Teaching Red Scarf Girl

This five-hour self-paced online workshop introduces Ji-li Jiang’s memoir Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution through multimedia resources, readings, and teaching strategies that offer educators insight into the first tumultuous years of China’s Cultural Revolution. Exploring the choices made by Jiang, her family, and her peers allows students to gain awareness of a significant moment in world history and provides them with an opportunity to reflect on their own roles as members of families, schools, neighborhoods, and nations. In addition, this workshop is designed to provide lesson ideas and support to educators who want to teach about the literary genre of memoir.

This interactive workshop uses resources from the companion study guide Teaching “Red Scarf Girl” and helps teachers develop a customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach. This workshop is made possible through the generous funding of the Facing History China Project Committee.

In this self-guided workshop, you will:

  • Develop and plan to implement a unit of study on the memoir, built on the Facing History pedagogy, that focuses on the specific choices made by individuals, groups, and nations during the Cultural Revolution and that makes connections to human behavior.
  • Explicate the genre of memoir with students and differentiate between the concepts of history and memory.
  • Explore new concepts and a range of student-centered teaching strategies that address the central thematic questions of the memoir: What is a political revolution? Why do people join revolutionary movements? How do young people respond during moments when mass violence is sweeping through their society? How do societies achieve greater equality among their citizens? How does one create a fair society?
  • Draw upon your own increased or refreshed background knowledge of this period in history to guide students through their study of the memoir.

Workshop Structure

  • Welcome Module
  • Module 1: An Introduction to the Cultural Revolution
  • Module 2: Changing Culture, Shifting Identities
  • Module 3: Choices and Their Consequences
  • Module 4: Propaganda: Shaping the Youth
  • Module 5: Examining the Legacy and Next Steps


Workshop At-a-Glance Details

Time Commitment: We estimate that it will take about one hour to complete each of the content modules. The modules are designed to be self-guided, and you can work at your own pace through the workshop.

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online workshop have been waived, thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at [email protected].

Workshop Access: After registering, you will receive an email with self-enrollment instructions to access the workshop on the Facing History Canvas site. Once you log in, you will have access to the workshop for three months.

Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the workshop for five professional development hours. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the educator’s responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their state. 

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