This is an introductory unit to Japan portraying Japan, THEN and NOW. Students will hear the teacher read Grass Sandals, Basho’s Journey around Japan during the Edo period. Students will use the map in the book to predict what Basho saw and recorded in the form of Haiku poetry. As teachers read, an Anchor Chart will be made to refer to as to what Basho saw and wrote about. Also, students will clap out the syllables of the lines of Basho’s poetry. Students will sort out a variety of Japanese photographs into two
categories – THEN and NOW. Students will write their own Haiku about landforms, (possibly Japanese landforms), and modern day Japanese photographs depicting modern Japanese culture. They will also draw in an outline of glasses, showing “old” Japan in
one pair of glasses, and showing “modern” Japan in another pair of glasses.
Students will be prepared to study Japan’s geography in depth as well as its cultural aspects.