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Twelfth graders examine Korean history and culture. In this Asian history lesson, 12th graders discuss the effects of the Japanese occupation of Korea. They research literature from the time period and compose written responses based on the experience of having their whole cultural identities stripped away suddenly, as in the case of the Koreans. They create another essay response based on the events of the period.
Did you know that the world's first novel was written by a woman? Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, was published in 1021. Class members research Eastern and Western cultures in the 10th and 11th centuries, view modern adaptations of this classic of Japanese literature, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation in which they compare a classic western novel to Murasaki Shikibu's story.
Fewer and fewer people have a strong grasp of world geography, but this activity helps high schoolers understand geopolitics by creating their own original historical map. The activity requires selecting a country from the list provided, conducting research from designated sources, and depicting an event, relationship, geopolitical circumstance, or economic-based concept in an original map. The map is the final assessment, however no rubric is provided. While the lesson calls for two class periods, students may benefit from additional time.
Students consider the role of women in South Korea. In this global studies lesson, students examine articles and interviews regarding women and educational achievement. Students discuss women's issues in South Korea and compare them to women's issues in the United States.
Students discover the history of Asian Americans by reading personal stories. In this Asian history lesson, students utilize the Internet to read personal stories and experiences of Asian men and woman in the U.S. Students read individual biographies of Asian Americans and create their own fictional journal entries in the same style.
Students examine the U.S. stance regarding the Sino-Japanese conflict. For this diplomacy lesson, students analyze the sanctions employed by United States on Japan when they took over Manchuria. Students determine how actions by the United States may have contributed to ill feelings and ultimately led to the Pearl Harbor attack. Students respond to essay questions following their research.
China, India, and Africa are all players in the trade, culture, conflict, and politics that marked a 300 year period in tropical Afro-Asian history. This comprehensive presentation covers environment, economics, religion, and the effects of Islamic conflict occurring from 1200-1500 AD. Cultural effects of these interactions are also covered.
Students study South Asia. They complete various activities including answering questions following lectures, researching current events articles, viewing videos of Gandhi, South India, Pakistan, and Nepal. They select activities including constructing maps, preparing menus, and creating Power Point presentations.