The Art of War

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The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that was written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. (From
Curriculet Details
18 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 9th and 10th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links images of the setting and explanations of literary devices such as simile and metaphor. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address structure, point of view, and purpose. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book.

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Since the king has no wish to go inspect the troops we can infer that  

Chapter 1 - Laying Plans

This is a non-fiction text that was written around 500 B.C.E. This text was a treatise that was meant to serve as instructions for leaders to conduct war effectively. As you read, recall that it was written over 2,500 years ago. What makes this text relevant today? 
The five heads refers to 

Chapter 2 - Waging War

Use textual evidence to describe Sun Tzu's view of war.  
Use the "Define" feature on Curriculet to define unfamiliar words. Simply highlight a word and click "Define".  

Chapter 3 - Attack by Stratagem

Sun Tzu argues that the best strategy is to 
Think about how Sun Tzu's advice contradicts the common perceptions of how wars are fought. Sun Tzu is advocating for less violence through thoughtful strategies. Do you think that leaders today still use this advice? 
Quiz 1 
Sun Tzu believes that in addition to knowing the enemy,  

Chapter 4 - Tactical Dispositions

Sun Tzu argues that it is the sign of a good strategist when someone is able to win a battle before it is even fought. Think about what that might look like and what types of strategies a general would use to ensure this happens.  
What does Sun Tzu mean when he says, "the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won"? 
Use the "Define" feature to look up the word consummate. Then, find a synonym for the word consummate from the list below. 

Chapter 5 - Energy

Sun Tzu uses the example of musical notes, colors, and taste to illustrate 
Sun Tzu compares troops to a torrent of water using a simile. Watch the short video below to learn more about what a simile is. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 6 - Weak Points and Strong

Which statement would Sun Tzu most likely agree with? 
The image below shows a rampart. A rampart is a type of wall that can be used for defense. Think about why Sun Tzu argues that this is not enough to protect an enemy from attack. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7 - Manœuvring

The sovereign refers to ______________. 
Think about why Sun Tzu would say that maneuvering with an "undisciplined multitude" is dangerous. What do you imagine would make this so dangerous? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 8 - Variation in Tactics

Which of the following statements is another way to say "join hands with your allies"? 
Sun Tzu is arguing that the best offense is a good defense. Pay attention to the details Tzu uses to support his argument.  

Chapter 9 - The Army on the March

Sun Tzu expresses that 
The picture below shows an image that is similar to the one that Sun Tzu describes. Think about why he advises that this type of landscape should be avoided.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to Sun Tzu, how should soldiers be treated? 

Chapter 10 - Terrain

Which of the following is the general's fault? 
Notice the way that Sun Tzu clearly structures his text with numbers. In this section he outlines "six ways of courting defeat." Throughout the text he has numbered various points he is making. How does this add to the clarity of the text? 

Chapter 11 - The Nine Situations

In this passage, Sun Tzu advocates for 
In this passage Sun Tzu argues that soldiers will fight best if they face death and cannot escape. What implications do you think this strategy could have on soldier morale?  
What reasons does Sun Tzu give for encouraging generals to alter his arrangements and change his plans? 
Pay close attention to the way Sun Tzu structures his advice here. He gives advice for how he would act in each type of situation. How does the direct diction and brevity of his word choice add to the overall clarity of his advice? 

Chapter 12 - The Attack by Fire

Sun Tzu is referencing Chinese constellations. To learn more about Chinese constellations, visit the link below.  (This annotation contains a link)
Sun Tzu would agree with which of the following statements? 

Chapter 13 - The Use of Spies

What are Sun Tzu's general beliefs about using spies? 
Quiz 3