Japanese Imperialism Teacher Resources
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Students examine the U.S. stance regarding the Sino-Japanese conflict. In this diplomacy lesson plan, 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.
Students analyze Japanese tanka poetry. In this Japanese poetry activity, students identify analyze the structure of tanka poetry. Students complete the activities at the given links for the activity and compose two tanka poems.
This is a traditional textbook chapter on feudal powers in Japan, which includes vocabulary, note-taking tips in the sidebar, main ideas, and follow-up assessment questions. It also incorporates opportunities for art analysis and geography skill building, and concludes with an in-depth look at the uniform of a Japanese samurai soldier.
Students read and respond to a history of Korea. For this occupation lesson, students work in groups to research the effects of Japanese occupation and create an illustrated timeline. Students listen to a lecture and write an acrostic. Students create and write a newspaper on the occupation of Korea by the Japanese from the point of view of various groups.
Stuents compare and contrast male and female views of love and beauty in classic Chinese and Japanese society through the reading and evaluation of prose and poetry. Chinese and Japanese art is also studied.
Explore the implications of the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War II. Learners read Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood, participate in classroom discussions about the novel and keep journals in which they respond to comprehension and higher-level questions.
High schoolers explore tanka, a form of Japanese poetry. They read and analyze tankas to determine the structure and intent, and compose a traditional and a non-traditional tanka.
Ninth graders explore empires by researching Japan's history. In this Japanese research lesson, 9th graders discuss the history of Japan and the elements of World War II that caused Japan to become an enemy of the United States. Students collaborate in pairs and create either a PowerPoint presentation, poster or rap about a specific Japanese related topic.
Gagaku is music traditionally played in the Japanese imperial courts of long ago. Learners listen to this and other traditional Japanese music to gain an understanding of culture and music history. They work to identify Japanese instruments and musical styles. Note: Music is not included.
Students explore the concept of geopolitical conflicts. In this Korean and Japanese relations instructional activity, students investigate the history of conflict between the nations. Students compose essays using their findings.
Young scholars complete this lesson before visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War. They student examples of major empires and conclude what the effects of imperialism are on societies. They look at examples of art and architecture from selected cultures.
Focusing on Doppo's "Unforgettable People" and late nineteenth century Japanese literature, this resource also leads to discussions of form being dictated by content. Explore the development of new literary styles first-hand by attempting to describe a work of contemporary art and then launch into a more focused discussion of Doppo's style. The culminating assignment for the lesson is a writing prompt that requires your class to integrate learned information about Doppo, nineteenth century Japan, and writing style.
Students read facts about Ashikaga Japan from 1333 to 1603 and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 9 short answer questions.
Art and architecture go hand-in-hand. Kids watch clips from the Hayo Miyazaki film Spirited Away to better understand Japanese customs and architecture. The discussion questions included are very good, and will help you lead the class in a focused discussion on why Japanese houses are constructed the way they are. The culminating activity provides them with the opportunity to construct their own rice paper screens.
Examine the impact of Imperialism in relation to power and industrialization. There are three short answer questions for critical thinkers to respond to in this handout. They'll describe the relationship between Imperialism and industrialization, Japanese Imperial Power, and the relationship between Imperialism and Nationalism.
The big question: How did Russo-Japanese War imagery and the press influence Japanese perception of the war? Learners consider this big question as they compare and contrast various artistic media from the period. The lesson is discussion-based and employs wood block images and streaming video of the Russo-Japanese War as the basis of comparative analysis. Streaming video and image links are included.
Students read facts about Imperial Japan from 1912 - 1922 and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 7 short answer questions.
Twelfth graders review facts about roles of Asia and Japan in World War II, read When My Name Was Keoko to familiarize themselves with daily life and historic events during World War II in Korea, and participate in student-led discussions on various themes following each chapter read.
Students study the pro-independence movement of 1919 in Korea. In this Korean history activity, students investigate the implications of Japanese occupation of Korea and create posters that feature the essence of the Korean pro-independence movement of 1919.
Students study introductory history and cultural purposes of selected Japanese dance forms. They analyze the philosophical beliefs, social systems, and movement norms that influence the function and role of Japanese dance in the lives of its people.