The Great Leap Forward lesson plan. Mao

The Great Leap Forward

This Great Leap Forward lesson plan is a great opportunity for high school students to gain a deeper understanding of this complex period in China’s history.

The Great Leap Forward was Mao Zedong’s second 5-year plan aimed at transforming China into a modern, industrialised society. However, this plan was beset by many problems and ultimately resulted in a series of catastrophic failures that caused widespread famine and suffering. This lesson plan provides students with an overview of the reasons for the need for the Great Leap Forward, the creation of communes, and the mistakes and failures of the plan.

One of the highlights of this lesson is the source analysis activity, where students will have the opportunity to analyze primary sources such as an American journalist opinion and government posters. By examining these sources, students will gain a deeper understanding of the events of the Great Leap Forward and the perspectives of those who lived through it.

Another key component of this lesson is the short film that students will watch. This film will provide students with a visual representation of the events of the Great Leap Forward and help to bring the period to life. By combining the information from the sources with the images from the film, students will have a well-rounded understanding of the period.

Finally, the critical thinking activity will challenge students to think about the decisions that were made during this time period and the consequences that resulted. Students will be asked to consider whether the goals of the plan were achievable, whether the mistakes and failures could have been avoided, and what lessons can be learned from the period.

In conclusion, the Great Leap Forward lesson plan is a valuable tool for helping students to understand this complex period in modern Chinese history. By providing students with an overview of the reasons for the plan, the creation of communes, and the mistakes and failures, students will have a well-rounded understanding of the period. Additionally, the source analysis, short film, and critical thinking activities will help students to engage with the material and develop their critical thinking skills.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include source analysis, a short film and a critical thinking activity.
Estimated lessons:1-2
Ages14-18 years
Format PowerPoint

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