Have the students create a poster to illustrate one of the articles of the Seventeen Article Constitution of Shotoku Taishi that was promulgated in Japan in 604. It is a Common Core approach to understanding Japan borrowing from China. The students will carefully read a primary source, think as historians, and write concisely on its meaning and significance to Japanese history. Shotoku Taishi wanted to borrow from China to strengthen Japan and position of the Emperor. Japanese characters and examples included.