Paired Texts > On the Reverence Due Father- and Mother-in-Law
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This first-century text written by China's first female historian shares some of the principles that women should follow to serve their husbands.Pair these two texts by the same author and ask students to compare the advice Zhao Ban gives in each text. Based on both texts, what does Zhao Ban believe the role of women in society is? How is the way a woman should treat her husband similar or different from the way she should treat his parents?
In "Fish Cheeks," which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person's identity.Pair “Fish Cheeks” with “On the Reverence Due Father- and Mother-in-Law” to expose students to takes on Chinese culture nearly two millennia apart. Honor might not mean what a reader expects in Zhao Ban’s “On the Reverence Due Father- and Mother-in-Law.” Similarly, in “Fish Cheeks,” the narrator is embarrassed by her father following the custom of burping after a meal to show appreciation, which astonishes guests who come from a culture where burping is rude. How might time period and culture affect the ways people show respect?
"Northeast Natives" is an informational text that invites readers to imagine how they would explore the villages and lives of America's pre-Columbian northeast natives.Pair “Northeast Natives” with “On The Reverence Due Father- And Mother-in-Law” and ask students to compare and contrast the use of the second person, or “you,” point-of-view and how it affects them as readers engaging with the text.