Even though Minamoto Yoritomo (first shogun of the Samurai Era) and Fujiwara Michinaga (leader of the Japanese Golden Age, also known as the Heian period) never met in real life, due to advances in time travel technology, both men will appear in your Social Studies classroom this week. They are going to have an argument and disagree about the time period in Japanese history that should be considered the best to live in – the Golden Age or the Samurai Era. They will argue in a respectful, yet firm and confident manner.
Your students will work in pairs for this activity. One partner will write from the perspective of Minamoto Yoritomo and the other from the point-of-view of Fujiwara Michinaga. The speech will be in the form of a dialogue.
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Skills gained from this assignment
(From Standards for History / Social Studies & Writing)
☺Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text.
☺Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
☺Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
☺Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
☺Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
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