Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Notes Sheets

Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
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This bundle truly has it all! Students will have the opportunity to work individually, with partners and in a group to create or complete the following: webquests, advertisements, commercials, timelines, poems, currencies, book jackets, booklets, videos, cover letters, visuals, debates, talk shows, dialogues and board games. Additionally, students will analyze a primary source and complete a creative activity based on it. Students will also complete notes sheets about the structure, pros and cons of feudalism in Japan. Finally, the bundle also includes activities which focuses on the lives of the shogun, samurai, daimyo, and peasants.

43 Activities
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These activities will capture the attention of your students and will help your students be excited about learning about the shogun, daimyo, samurai and peasants of Feudal Japan. Each activity comes with the option of a full page and a 1/2 page. Each handout includes black and white clip art that will make it exciting for your students to complete. Some examples of questions include the following topics: (1) What would the shogun see if he peered out his window? (2) Design a commemorative stamp for a daimyo, (3) Create an app to help a samurai solve a problem, (4) Write an email from a peasant to samurai, (5) Write a tanka poem about the daily life of peasants, and much more!

Webquest: Introduction to Japan
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This webquest is a wonderful introduction to Japan for students. It's a great activity to complete on the first day of your Japan unit. No prep - just print, photocopy and book the computer lab (or students can use iPads or their own devices)! Topics include geography, population, currency, religion, government, food, clothing, traditional housing, school, economy and industry. The product includes two pages of 14 multi-step questions and an answer key.

Geography of Japan: Create a Real Estate Advertisement or Commercial
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After researching the geography of Japan, your students will assume the role of a real estate agent. They can work on their own or collaboratively to convince homebuyers to move to Japan. Your students can create a commercial that would be on TV or an advertisement that would be found in a magazine or newspaper. The product includes a brief introduction, five requirements, five advertising strategies and two rubrics.

Create a Timeline: Medieval Japan
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in medieval Japanese history between 604 and 1868 C.E. Students will include thirteen significant events from the time period. The product includes specific and clear requirements and rubric. 

Create Tanka Poems
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Tanka is a Japanese poetry style that has been popular in Japan for hundreds of years. Family members and friends often exchanged Tanka poems that they wrote and many Japanese participated in Tanka poetry competitions during the Heian period, Japan's Golden Age. The project offers several topics that were important during Japan's Golden Age and after researching the time period (in textbooks or Internet), students create Tanka poems. The product includes an explanation and list of requirements, suggested list of topics, rubric and three student samples. 

Create Currency for Japan’s Golden Age
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The year is 1000 C.E. and your students are artisans who live in Heian, the capital city of Japan during its Golden Age. They have recently been hired by the emperor to create a currency to reflect the daily life and culture of the Golden Age. Your students will love this project! Even though their illustrations and writing must be based on evidence, there is a lot of room for creativity. The product includes a detailed direction sheet with seven requirements, suggested topics and a one-page rubric, along with four currency templates (half and full page templates). The product also includes a two-page chart to help students understand the currency of the United States Dollar and a teacher answer key.

Feudalism in Japan Notes: Pros & Cons
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After completing these two handouts on feudalism in medieval Japan, students will have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the shogun, daimyos, samurai and peasants. Students will also have the opportunity to express their opinion in regards to which social group they would choose to be a part of. Then, using their critical thinking skills and by making connections, students will explain why the United States does not adopt the system of feudalism.

Samurai Training Manual Booklet
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The year is 1603 and the new shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, has required that your students, experienced samurai, create a training manual booklet for young samurai to study before they become expert and well-trained samurai. Students will take on the perspective of a trained and experienced adult samurai in 1603. The product includes a direction sheet with requirements for the cover page, introduction, pages of content and appendix, along with a rubric. Additionally, the product includes 14 booklet templates.

Help Wanted Ad: Samurai Needed
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After completing research about Japanese samurai, students complete this fun project. For this project, students take on the role of a Japanese scribe that has been recently assigned to create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become samurai. The product includes a brief introduction explaining the activity, a list and explanation of requirements and a rubric. This helps students develop the skill of using historical evidence in their writing, along with incorporating their creative touches. 

Writing Project: Samurai Cover Letter
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Students see it as a fun and creative project. Teachers see it as a project where students practice research, perspective-taking, and persuasive writing skills. It's a win-win assignment! The year is 1554 and Oda Nobunaga, Daimyo of Noguya Castle, is looking to hire an experienced, brave, fearless and responsible samurai. Responsibilities of samurai include, but are not limited to, keeping the daimyo and his family safe, protecting the daimyo’s land, castle and property, maintaining weapons and armor, and always adhering to Bushido. The task of your students is to assume the role of a samurai who is seeking a daimyo. Students write a cover letter convincing the daimyo to hire them for the position. The product includes an introduction, the help wanted ad that students will respond to, a cover letter template with specific directions and requirements and a rubric.

Primary Source Analysis: Creed of a Samurai
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Students will read a primary source document that was written by an anonymous samurai in the 14th century. It is a fascinating poem that allows our students to understand the outlook, attitude and frame of mind of the samurai. Students will analyze the poem by answering questions and by writing their interpretation of chosen lines. Then, they'll create an "Illustrated Guide" by choosing four lines from the primary source to illustrate and to write the meaning in their own words. The product includes the primary source document, a glossary of challenging words, a handout that includes interpretation questions, an answer key, a direction sheet that explains the “Illustrated Guide” project and a rubric.

Samurai Debates
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Classroom debates are a wonderful way for students to strengthen their skills in the areas of group work, public speaking, problem-solving and research. Divide your students into six groups. Two groups will compete against each other at a time for a total of three classroom debates. Three debate questions are provided, so each of the three debates are different.  The product includes a brief introduction, three debate questions, five debate strategies, an explanation of the debate structure, three planning guides, a rubric and a ballot for voting.

Talk Show of Medieval Japan
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My students had an absolute blast with this project! Students will work in groups of four to present a talk show. Their talk show will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. Students will choose three out of the following four people to include in their talk show: a Shogun, a Daimyo, a Samurai or a Peasant. (Traditional Japanese names are included.) The product includes an introduction, specific requirements, rubric and sample questions that the talk show host can ask.

Biography Poem About a Shogun
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Students will write a biography poem about a chosen shogun. This is a creative and fun way for your students to show off what they learned about well-known leaders of Japan during the medieval era. The product includes an introduction, requirements, a template of 11 lines and a rubric.

Create the Book Jacket of Minamoto Yoritomo’s Biography
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One of the best ways to learn about historical figures is by reading biographies. Your students are going to design the book jacket of the first shogun’s biography. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on historical evidence. The product includes a rubric, an explanation, a list of specific requirements and topics.

A Samurai Applying for a Job: Career Portfolio & Interview
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Your students are going to assume the role of an experienced and well-trained samurai named Date Masamune. One of Japan's most powerful daimyos is Kuroda Yoshitaka and he is looking to hire a brave and responsible samurai. Your students will complete a five-part career portfolio and be part of an interview presentation. This is a group project that works perfectly at the end of your samurai unit and can be used in place of a test.

Create a Visual of Feudalism in Medieval Japan
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Creating visuals for topics in history truly help the content come alive! Your students will work in small groups of three to create a visual that portrays the status, roles and responsibilities of the four social groups that made up feudalism in medieval Japan. Each group member will choose a role (professor, graphic designer or scribe). While there is a lot of room for creativity, the visual that students create must be based on evidence. The product includes a brief introduction, step-by-step directions and requirements, a list and explanation of the roles and responsibilities of your students, a detailed rubric and a student reflection.

Compare the Golden Age to the Era of the Samurai
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Even though Minamoto Yoritomo (Shogun during part of the Shogun Era) and Fujiwara Michinaga (leader of the Japanese Golden Age, also known as the Heian period) never met in real life (they lived 200 years apart), due to advances in time travel technology, both men will appear in our 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 Shogun Era. 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. The product includes the required components to the assignment, the direction sheet, the brainstorm handout and rubric.

Create a Board Game
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This project is a really fun and creative way for students to show off what they learned about Feudal Japan, including the roles and responsibilities of the shogun, daimyo, samurai and peasants. Students will create the rules and directions for the game, create the required pieces, and create a colorful and detailed board game.

Skills Gained
☺Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
☺Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events.
☺Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic.
☺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.
☺Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
☺Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
☺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.
☺Integrate visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

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Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
Medieval Japan Bundle: 17 Projects, 43 Activities and Note
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