The Master said, “To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons” (Confucius Analects Book 1).
Think of words that describe a good leader. Students call words out, and the teacher writes them on the board.
Introductory Discussion Questions
What are some important things to think about throughout your day?
What are some things you like to do with all your heart?
What qualities do you like in a friend?
Is it more important for a government to be careful about spending or to create jobs? Explain.
What are the qualities of a good ruler?
Intercourse look closely
Listening Blank Fill
The scholar Tsang once said of himself: “On ________ points I examine myself daily, viz., whether, in __________ after other people’s interests, I have not been _________ wholeheartedly; whether, in my intercourse with friends, I _______ not been true; and whether, after teaching, I have ______ myself been practicing what I have taught.”
The _________ said, “To rule a country of a thousand ___________, there must be reverent attention to business, and ___________; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and ______ employment of the people at the proper seasons” (Confucius Analects Book 1).
Word Bank Fill in the Blank
The scholar Tsang once said of himself: “On three ____________ I examine myself daily, viz., whether, in looking after ___________ people’s interests, I have not been acting _________________; whether, in my intercourse with friends, I have not ___________ true; and whether, after teaching, I have not _____________ been practicing what I have taught.”
The Master ____________, “To rule a country of a thousand chariots, __________ must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; ____________ in expenditure, and love for men; and the _______________ of the people at the proper seasons” (Confucius Analects Book 1).
Pair Work Discussion Questions
When helping other people, should we do it with all of our heart or not? Why?
What things may a teacher teach but not practice themselves?
What may happen if leaders are insincere and do not tell the truth?
Is it important for normal people to be careful about how much money they spend? Why?
What part of this reading did you like the most?
What may happen if we are not true with our friends?
What do you think a ruler’s attitude toward business should be like?
What action/s may show that a ruler loves his people?
How do rulers create jobs and employment?
What is something in your life that you could examine daily?
1. When a person does something with all their heart, they do it _________________.
2. The USA and China are both a ____________________.
3. When a person looks closely at something, they ___________________.
1. When a person must give away money, it is an _____________________.
2. A person who has no job is looking for _________________.
3. A person who loves to read books and study things is a _____________.
4. When a person does something every day, they do it __________________.
5. To do something in truth without joking is to do it with ____________________.
Divide the class into teams of about three or four.
Give a word from the reading. Each team must create their own sentence using the word given to them. If they correctly produce a sentence using the word, they can play their turn on the board. If they make a mistake, their turn is forfeited.
Note: if classes are large, the teacher may want to have words cut out before hand for the teams to draw from.
Team A: Government should be smaller and spend less money.
Team B: Government should be large and create many job opportunities.
Teams spend time developing arguments and then debate one another.
Write about what you think are the three most important characteristics of a good leader. Tell why they are important.
Search the internet for some good leadership quotes. Pick a few favorites and share with your classmates.
Synonym Matching: examine-->look closely, myself-->I, Viz.-->namely, intercourse-->talking, practicing-->doing, employment-->work, seasons-->times.
Antonym Matching: love-->hate, examine-->ignore, wholeheartedly-->halfheartedly, true-->false, teaching-->learning, rule-->serve, business-->play.
Listening Blank Fill: three, looking, acting, have, not, Master, chariots, sincerity, the,
Word Bank Fill in the Blank: points, other, wholeheartedly, been, myself, said, there, economy, employment
Word Puzzle: Across: 1. Wholeheartedly, 2. Country 3. Examine.
Down: 1. Expenditure, 2. Employment, 3. Scholar, 4. Daily, 5. Sincerity.