Lesson 1 (from Part I: "Silent Spring," Chapters 1-3 and Part II: "Three Body," Chapters 4-7)
The Three-Body Problem is the first novel of Cixin Liu’s science fiction trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past. This epic novel integrates philosophy, history, and science to explore a number of themes including extremism, redemption, and morality. The incorporation of history is established in Part I: “Silent Spring,” which begins at the outset of China’s Cultural Revolution. This lesson focuses on historical context and setting. Students will: research the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China; examine the objectives of the Red Guard; analyze the characters of Ye Zhetai and Shao Lin; and discuss the narrative style, tone, and mood established in Chapter 1, “The Madness Years.”
Research Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China. When did the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution begin? What led up to its beginning? What was the mission of the revolution...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.3, 9-10.4, 9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.4, 11-12.10
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