The Red Scarf Girl, a firsthand account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang, is one of the few books on Communism appropriate for younger teens. It’s heart-wrenching stories of senseless destruction and loss will leave students with a sense of gratitude and a greater desire to understand more about their own opportunities and the struggles of others less fortunate than themselves in the world.
Youth read with: The Giver; The Freedom Factor; Childhood of Famous Americans Series
1-How did this society get to the point that these things could happen? Why did they let them happen?
2-What is Communism? How does it work? Why did it have so much power in the 20th century?
3-Is there anything Ji-Li could have done differently? If so, what?
4-How can you show gratitude for the freedom and opportunities you have?