Post World War 2 Japanese Occupation Poster Analysis

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7th - 12th
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This engaging activity for a post-World War 2 lesson features 7 primary source posters from America's occupation of Japan for students to analyze at stations, in groups, or as a gallery walk.

Each primary source poster uses simple cartoon-like pictures to describe the changes coming to Japan under its new 1947 Constitution that America essentially created.

Students read a short introduction that describes General Douglas MacArthur's plan for Japan and then complete a worksheet matching the top of each poster to a list of the "old ways" of Japan. Students then must analyze the bottom half of each poster for what the "new way" will be under America's occupation and the new Japanese constitution.

This is a great way to teach how America went about setting up a new government in Japan and how we have become such close allies in the years since. It also has great connections to today and America's role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An editable Google Doc version is included as well as and answer key! You also receive the 7 posters, a worksheet, reading, and suggested extension activities.

This is a great lesson that my students enjoy because each poster is like a puzzle they need to figure out. Fun and encourages critical thinking! Enjoy!

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11 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.


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