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Asia

“Asia: (1) In classic mythology, one of the Oceanides, usually spoken of as wife of Iapetus and mother of Prometheus. In his ‘Prometheus Unbound,’ Shelley makes Asia play an important part as Prometheus’ wife.

(2) According to the Koran, the wife of the Pharaoh who brought up Moses. Asia’s husband tortured her for believing in Moses, but she was taken alive into Paradise. Muhammad numbers her among the four perfect women.”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

Cultural Literacy: Ho Chi Minh City

Alright, let’s move along this morning with this Cultural Literacy worksheet on Ho Chi Minh City. This is a half-page document with a spare, one-sentence reading and two comprehension questions. If you need your students to understand why Saigon no longer exists, this document will help with that, but little more.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Ho Chi Minh with Some Familiar Words

“All men are created equal; they are endowed with by their creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.”

Ho Chi Minh, Proclamation of Independence, 2 Sept. 1945

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Cultural Literacy: Karachi

If you can use it, here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan. This is a half-page document with a two-sentence reading, the first of which is a longish compound separated by a semicolon; there are three comprehension questions.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Massacre of Amritsar

“Massacre of Amritsar: (1919) Incident in which British troops fired on a crowd of Indian protesters. In 1919 the British government of India enacted the Rowlatt act, extending its World War I emergency powers to combat subversive activities. On April 13th a large crowd gathered to protest the measures and troops opened fire, killing about 379 and wounding about 1,200. The massacre was the prelude to Mahatma Gandhi’s noncooperation movement of 1920-1922.”

Excerpted from: Stevens, Mark A., Ed. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 2000.

The Weekly Text, 26 May 2023, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Week IV: A Reading and Comprehension Worksheet on Kemal Ataturk

Alright, for the final Friday of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023, here is a reading on Kemal Ataturk along with its attendant vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Bhavabhuti

“Bhavabhuti: (8th century AD) Indian playwright. Bhavabhuti is praised for his subtle handling of poignant scenes and his mastery of Sanskrit as a poetic language. Two of his plays, Mahaviracarita (tr Portrait of a Hero, 1871) and Uttararamacarita (tr Rama’s Later Story, 1915), retell the Ramayana story in highly dramatic and sometimes sentimentalized form; a third, Malati-madhava (Fr tr 1885) deals with a legendary tale.”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

Cultural Literacy: Borneo

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Borneo. This is a half-page document with a reading of two sentences and three comprehension questions. A basic introduction to the third-largest island in the world.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Rabindranath Tagore at the Seashore

“On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.”

Rabindranath Tagore, “On the Seashore” 1.6 (1918)

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Cultural Literacy: Dienbienphu

In 1954, it was the bloody nadir for French forces in Vietnam, something this Cultural Literacy worksheet on Dienbienphu makes sure to mention. This is a half-page worksheet with a reading of two simple sentences, followed by three comprehension questions.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.