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I put this activity together for Standard English students studying the Global Village elective for Module C, but it could also be useful for the Extension elective: Navigating the Global. Ideally, students would do this activity in small groups, moving between quotes and sharing ideas, but it can be done as a revision activity by yourself.

Complete the following activities for each quote.

a) Rewrite the quote in your own words.

b) List two or three themes/ideas from your texts that relate to the quote.

c) Using the quote as a thesis statement, write a five sentence introduction for an essay.

  1. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. – Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
  2. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. – Baha’ullah, prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith.
  3. The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village. – Marshall McLuhan.
  4. The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. – Bill Gates.
  5. It was the season of Light; it was the season of Darkness, It was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair. – Charles Dickens.

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua was, according to the author, “supposed to be a story about how Chinese parents are better at raising kids. But instead, it’s about a bitter clash of cultures and how [she] was humbled by a thirteen year old.”

This book is a valiant defence of the traditional Chinese way of parenting, in the face of overwhelming cultural opposition. Amy Chua explains the challenges of maintaining family pride and achievement in a sympathetic and thoughtful way. The different styles of parenting–“western” vs Chinese–are framed within different values systems and the entire story is told with charm and good humour.

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