This book inspired my one son to do a fabulous project and presentation. He was an Employment Councillor commissioned by the Emperor. He handed out his personally created Personality Employment Assessments which was a list of about 15 questions. He then analyzed the results of his companions to determine the proper fit of an Ancient Chinese Job that would be ideal for them (he narrowed it down to 8 preselected jobs).
Some of his classmates were
- An opera singer -Your parents sign up their very young to be taken in by a mentor and sign a 7 year contract with. You grow in deep debt to your mentor. Your days start at 5am and are filled with learning acting, acrobats and combat skills (yes you spend as much time on martial arts as you do with singing!). And then after a long day of practices and exercises you get to spend the evening performing (and if you or your team mess up you will be beaten with Bamboo canes!) YIKES what a life!
- Pekingese Caretaker - Taking care of this regal lion like dogs is serious business. Solely for the the emperor(ess) no commoner is allowed to own one, and taking one ensures you a death sentence. They live in their own silken apartment, given the finest food and you would protect them with your life.
- Fake Buddhist Monk - Avoid taxes, conscription and grave digging and make some money on the side. A little (or a lot) of moral implications on this but a job some did do.
- Minister of the Household
This book is just fun to read, but so many extended learning activities can come from this (and they just flow naturally from conversation and sharing).
- Rate your top favourite jobs,
- do a survey,
- compare to today's jobs,
- do a pro's and con's list for a series of jobs,
- role play some characters,
- make a skit