Evaluation of Southeast Asian Literature
1 Cause and Effect Relationships In Your Chosen Novel
In the chosen Southeast Asian novel that students have recently completed, they will go back and choose at least five cause and effect relationships that are related to the five sub-topics explained on the unit plan from the weeks before:
- Setting & Plot
- Family Dynamics, Social Class, & Population of characters
- Religion & Spirituality
- Traditions & Festivals
- Economics & Consumerism
Students should recall from reading their novel multiple diagnostic situations and plot summaries that occurred in the story. The National Geographic World Atlas Application will help students become accustomed to real life cause and effect examples and the relationship between them.
2 Presentation of Cause & Effect Chart or Map
Students will then organize and record their proposed cause and effect relationships on a cause and effect graphic organizer, chart, or map.
Example of Cause & Effect Chart:http://blog.activitycircle.com/post/74164971328/cause-and-effect-graphic...
Above is a simple cause and effect chart, the Inspirational Maps Application will help students personalize and get creative while making their map on cause and effect relationships.
3 Present Learning Materials/Example of Assignment
As I show you below, you will connect each subtopic to a cause and effect relationship tied to a broader topic in your novel. The novel I read was about imperialism, therefore I will show you how each subtopic was effected by imperialism in the novel.
In the novel I read, called Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh, was about Southeast Asian imperialism in Eastern Vietnam and the problems that came with it. Examples of your outline and proposed cause and effect are below (Effect of the Cause is bolded):
Setting & Plot: The story took place in the Tijan province which was a small village in Eastern Vietnam in 1836 geographically close to the sea lanes that exported and imported goods from Europe. Imperialism encouraged Southeast Asian countries to use expansion therefore they made connections with many European countries.
Family & Social Class: The main character, Liu Hulan, helped her mother and father run the small noodle shop they owned ten minutes outside their village north of Tijan. Liu did not get to go to school because imperialism caused European nations to take control of the Southeast Asian trade routes,therefore making lower class citizens develop no opportunities because of the weak government at the time.
Religion & Spirituality: Liu’s parents forced her to cover their Buddhist beliefs and traditions, because as imperialism and Europe were taking over the spread of Christianity was the only acceptable religion.
Traditions & Festivals: Imperialism affected Southeast Asia, Liu Hulan & her family by suppressing their own culture because other European cultures were taking over. Therefore, Liu Hulan did not get to participate in the Loy Krathong Festival growing up but only heard of their beauty from her father and mother.
Economics & Consumerism: During imperialism, British solely depended on tea from China, but China didn’t find anything from the British valuable, so the British started trading opium in return for tea into China. Liu Hulan’s older brother died of an opium overdose, and it affected her family financially and emotionally.
The Quora Application is an interactive question and answer website that picks out and analyzes the differences between facts and fiction. This can help students differentiate between meaningful sub-topics like the ones above and fictional characteristics of the novel.
4 Check for Understanding/Strengthening Thinking
Discussion questions to ensure understanding of topics:
Q-What is the difference between economics and consumerism?
A- Economics is the system of production, distribution, and consumption. Consumerism is the legal policy that protects consumers from economic defaults.
Q- What is the difference between religion and spirituality?
A- Religion is the belief in God, Gods, or another higher entity through rituals and conduct.Spirituality is a focus on spiritual things and the spiritual world rather than physical/earthly beings.
Q- Do you need to represent all five subtopics in your cause and effect chart?
A- Yes, you may have more than five cause and effect relationships, but at least one of each sub topic is required.
The Young Writers Program Application will inspire students to create their own discussion questions to analyze their novel more in depth and through different perspectives to get a full grasp of the novels story.