I did this for my middle school students after we studied Feudal Japan and my students LOVED this project! I have never seen them put so much effort into a project before.
In this project, students create a book that show cases their many talents, but it correlates with the Japanese culture, particularly during the Heian period. Students create a poem, diary entry, title page, write their name in Japanese, and many original artworks. This took my students about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on how much effort they put into their drawings.
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