Red Scarf Girl
Red Scarf Girl is a memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang. It is a book in which Ji-Li tells her own very personal narrative of the experiences that happened to her within this unstable period of Chinese culture. Seventh grade students will be glued to the pages of this book as they learn about one girl’s personal journey during a destructive period of Chinese history. Ji-Li is a positive role model for seventh grade students because she is concerned about doing well in school. Even in the face of incredible odds, Ji-Li continues to pursue her dream of getting good grades in school. Things were not easy for Ji-Li during this time of social injustice in China, but she continued to be positive. Red Scarf Girl gives seventh grade students an opportunity to greatly enhance their vocabulary and reading skills. Seventh grade students will gain knowledge of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and increase their terminology usage through looking at one girl’s personal experience. She is an inspiration to everyone. One reason, the book Red Scarf Girl is an excellent book for seventh grade students to read is because it is about the Cultural Revolution in China. Since most seventh grade students do not have that much knowledge about the Cultural Revolution they will become more informed about China and their culture. For example, Ji-Li Jiang explains that if they didn’t follow the rules and respect Chairman Mao they would be punished. One punishment that they could have gotten was to be put in jail. A quote from the book is “If I can help Americans to understand China, and the Chinese to learn about the United States, even a little I will feel rewarded. I will have contributed something to my country, China, and my home America. I hope this book will be part of that mission.” This quote from the book shows Ji-Li also thinks most Americans don’t know a lot about this part of China’s history. The topic of this book...
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