***Updated for 2016
This download includes structured notes, handouts, and ALL 5 parts detailed below.
The EPIC Japan Unit includes loads of visuals, graphic organizers, primary and secondary sources, maps, assessments, activities, instructions, writing assignments and much, much more...ENJOY!!!
Part 1: Influences from China (14 slides) - Including: China or Japan activity with a list of 28 concepts for students to sort out. 14 came to Japan from China, 14 originated in Japan, visuals for each concept, graphic organizers, samples of Chinese 'Han' characters vs. Japanese 'Kanji' characters, Prince Shotoku and the Golden age of Japan, map of influences from China and Korea
Part 2: Geography of Japan (16 slides) - Including: light pollution map of asia with discussion questions, light pollution map of Japan with facts, cities identified and questions, cityscape of Tokyo, picture and background of Mt. Fuji, ties to Buddhism and Shintoism, map activity with directions and answers, Japanese isolationism and details of the failed Mongol invasions of the 1200s and the 'Kamikaze', Japan vs. China Mini-Quiz
Part 3: Japanese Feudalism (14 slides) - Including: Pyramid and facts on Japanese Feudalism, breakdown and background on each level of Japanese Feudalism, comparison to American socio-economic pyramid, 'I AM' sample poem and student instructions to create I AM poems, video guide questions for documentary "THE LAST SAMURAI: HISTORY VS. HOLLYWOOD"
Part 4: Japanese Culture (19 slides) - Including: pie chart of Japanese religious beliefs, info on Shintoism, background on Buddhism and the popularity of Zen Buddhism, Info on Bushido warrior code, examples of Seppuku throughout history, Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, with plot summary, history of origami and 6 sets of directions to practice origami with students,
Part 5: Review and Assessment (15 slides) - Including: a SWAT board to review concepts with students or have the class compete in teams, instructions on using 'color-card' assessments, 12 multiple-choice questions based on the information throughout the unit and the PowerPoint Slides