Relationships are an integral part of high school. Working in a large magnet high school, whose student body is populated by 20 surrounding school districts I have witnessed the creation and demise of many student relationships. In history, there too have been many relationships built and destroyed.
The purpose of this unit is to take advantage of the historical figures Heloise and Peter Abelard, as well as Li Qingzhao and her husband Zhao Mingcheng to illustrate the variance of relationships amongst historical figures. Through the activities of the unit, students will critically examine the relationships presented in the literature of these figures in order to create a cross-cultural identification with the historical figures, as well as making a connection to the types of relationships that exist in the students' lives.