Announcing 2016 Lesson Plan Contest Winners

November 23, 2016

Sponsored by the Margaret Liu-Collins Award for Excellence In Teaching

The purpose of the Lesson Plan Contest is to provide quality teaching materials on modern China for middle and high schools.  We are happy to announce the following winners of this years Contest:


Sarah Brenner 
Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
$1000 Grand Prize Censorship or Cyber Sovereignty? Exploring Controversial Issues Using Student Produced VLogs Students will research key issues related to Internet use and restrictions in China. They will present their findings in the form of vlogs and use the information from these vlogs to engage in critical discussion about the issue of cyber sovereignty.
Rhonda Nagao

‘Iolani School, Honolulu, HI

Students will be assigned roles and then conduct research to learn about the stance each country takes on issues which include trade, territory, climate change, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism in order to bring these issues to light to determine if any changes/agreements can be made in the form of an agreement, communique, declaration, press release.
Winnie Tung 
Prospect High School, Saratoga, CAClara Lin
Homestead High School, Cupertino, CA
$600 + $100 Early Bird Bonus One Global One Dream! Earth, Our Home! Through discussions and research of the issues of environmental pollution and destruction, students will discuss the efforts of environmental protections and community planning. Students are divided in to groups, each group prepares inforgraphics to present the following topics: renewable and clean energy, effective use of transportation, the 3R’s (reuse, reduce and recycle), and the three pollutants- air, solid wastes and water.
Lauren Duncan

Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, San Francisco, CA

$200 each honorary mention (1) America, 1773 vs. Hong Kong, 2014; and

(2) Comparing Democracy Protests in China

(1) Students compare the American colonists protest against an oppressive British government prior to the Declaration of Independence and the 2014 democracy protests, known as the “Umbrella Movement,” in Hong Kong. The motivating issue/cause, prominent figures, opposing groups, and land ownership are examined.  (2) Students learn the background of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and compare it with the 2014 Umbrella Movement.