Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The Good Earth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Pearl S. Buck; its narrative centers on the lives of Chinese villagers prior to World War I. Chapter 1 introduces Wang Lung, the novel’s protagonist and a poor farmer in north central China, as he prepares to retrieve a slave-girl from the House of Hwang to take as a wife. Objectives for this lesson include researching Pearl S. Buck and the publication of The Good Earth, identifying the narrative style of the novel, and exploring the setting established in Chapter 1.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Pearl S. Buck and the publication of The Good Earth. When was the novel published? What was the global/political atmosphere like when the novel was published? What were relations like between the United States and China at this time? How did the novel change attitudes in America regarding China...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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