Feudal Japan in the Middle Ages: Students explore first person accounts!
This Feudal Japan lesson is included in the larger Medieval Japan unit, located here:
Medieval Japan: A Unit Plan! 4 Engaging Lessons to Teach Japan's Middle Ages!
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In this highly-engaging and very active Feudal Japan lesson, students take on the role of a member of the Japanese feudal system. Students become either an emperor, shogun, daimyo, samurai, or a peasant and read a first-person perspective that details their role in the system!
In this process, students come to learn what role each group plays - including the meaning of other key terms such as ronin, bakufu, the bushido code, and seppuku!
Students analyze their text from their character's perspective, then complete a short vocabulary section, a class pyramid that contains 9 different levels, and a group "act-it-out" where classmates create a skit that shows this feudal system at work.
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!
Tons of fun! Enjoy!
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