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Asian Responses to the Age of Exploration Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Google Apps™
17 pages
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  1. This World History PowerPoint bundle includes presentations, Google Slides, guided notes worksheets, and flipped classroom videos to cover World History from Classical Asia through the Age of Enlightenment. Each PowerPoint file includes a Guided Notes worksheet that students use to follow along with
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This lesson plan on Asian responses to European exploration includes a PowerPoint, video, primary source activity, and interactive notebook - everything you need to teach an engaging lesson on China and Japan during the Age of Encounter and Interaction.

The lesson begins with a PowerPoint on Chinese and Japanese responses to European contact during the 1500-1600's. The presentation covers Ming & Qing China, Zheng He, responses to Europeans, feudal Japan, and Japan's "Sakoku" or closed country policy.

A Google Slides version of the presentation is included along with a guided notes sheet for students as both a Word and Google Doc.

Also included is a fully-narrated "flipped classroom" video version of the lesson. This is perfect for using during Distance Learning, saving for absent students, or showing to your class.

Next, students analyze a primary source from Tokugawa Era Japan that orders the closing of Japan to outsiders. A worksheet is included to pair with the primary source. This is included as both a printable PDF and editable Google Doc activity.

Finally, there is a reading and interactive notebook activity comparing China and Japan's policies and response to European contact. This is also available as both a PDF and digital Google activity.

A lesson plan is included detailing how to best use all of the resources along with answer keys for the each of the resources.

This entire lesson can also be downloaded as part of my Age of Exploration Unit Plan Bundle.

Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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