World War II Japanese Occupation Poster Analysis
This great, higher-level thinking lesson has students analyzing 7 posters from the American occupation of Japan after World War II. Each primary source poster uses simple cartoon-like pictures to describe the changes coming to Japan under its new 1947 Constitution.
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 answer key is included along with 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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