Everything you need to understand or teach Tai-Pan by James Clavell.
"The island was Hong Kong. Thirty square miles of mountainous stone on the north lip of the huge Pearl River in South China. A thousand yards off the mainland. Inhospitable. Unfertile. Uninhabited except for a tiny fishing village on the south side. Squarely in the path of the monstrous storms that yearly exploded from the Pacific. Bordered on the east and on the west by dangerous shoals and reefs. Useless to the mandarin - the name given to any official of the Chinese Emperor - in whose province it lay." (Chap. 1, p. 3)
The book, which involves many subplots, follows the adventures of Dirk and The Noble House. The Noble House faces financial ruin due to a run on its London bank. Dirk risks his life in an effort to save his empire from financial ruin. His son arrives and is being trained to be Tai-Pan when he falls...
Tai-Pan Lesson Plans contain 127 pages of teaching material, including: