Samurai Discovery Stations and DBQ
In this Common Core aligned lesson, students will begin by working with the vocabulary necessary for understanding the documents. Next, students will rotate through stations collaboratively analyzing primary source documents relating to the samurai of medieval Japan. Students fill in their data collection page for each primary source as they rotate through the stations. Ultimately, students will answer the document-based question according to their findings. A pre-writing organizer and rubric are included for the writing portion of this lesson.
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Six vocabulary words necessary for understanding the documents are included in the grid. The grid contains space for the definition, synonyms, a sentence, and a picture of each word. Ideally, students complete the vocabulary grid before analyzing the documents.
Primary Source Documents:
Six primary source documents relating to the samurai of medieval Japan are included. As the students analyze the documents, they will be looking for evidence of samurai armor, weapons, and code of conduct. The document posters can be blown up to a larger size, projected on a laptop, or multiple copies of each poster can be made for each station.
Data Collection Page:
Students will fill in evidence of samurai armor, weapons, and code of conduct in the correct column of the organizer as they move through the discovery stations and analyze each primary source.
Double Bubble Map:
Students use their primary source findings to compare a medieval samurai and a present-day soldier.
After completing the entire rotation of discovery stations and bubble map, students use the prewriting page to organize their information in preparation for answering the document-based question.
DBQ Writing Rubric:
The writing rubric provides students with clear expectations and guidelines for completing the DBQ assignment.
An answer key is provided for the vocabulary grid.
Six station posters are included- one for each primary source station.
Additional Medieval Japan Resources:
Medieval Japan Map Lesson and Assessment
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