Japanese Imperialism Teacher Resources
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THE OCCUPATION OF KOREA BY JAPANESE IMPERIALIST FORCES
Students read and respond to a history of Korea. In 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.
Coming of Age During Japanese Occupation: Richard E. Kim's Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
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.
America and the Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1933-1939
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.
New! Feudal Powers in Japan
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.
Modern Korean/Japanese Geopolitical Conflicts
Students explore the concept of geopolitical conflicts. In this Korean and Japanese relations lesson, students investigate the history of conflict between the nations. Students compose essays using their findings.
Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!
Young scholars analyze Japanese tanka poetry. In this Japanese poetry lesson, students identify analyze the structure of tanka poetry. Young scholars complete the activities at the given links for the lesson and compose two tanka poems.
Changing Times, Changing Styles: New Japanese Literary Styles of the Late Nineteenth Century
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.
Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!
Students 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.
Japanese Architecture for Elementary School Students
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.
The Japanese Empire: The Beginning
Ninth graders explore empires by researching Japan's history. In this Japanese research instructional activity, 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.
Japanese Music Study
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.
The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905: A Turning Point in Japanese History, World History, and How War is Conveyed to the Public
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.
Writing Exercises: Imperialism I
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.
March First Independence Movement
Learners study the pro-independence movement of 1919 in Korea. For this Korean history lesson, students investigate the implications of Japanese occupation of Korea and create posters that feature the essence of the Korean pro-independence movement of 1919.
"He Says, She Says"
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.
Ashikaga Japan 1333 - 1603
Students read facts about Ashikaga Japan from 1333 to 1603 and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 9 short answer questions.
Traditional Japanese Dance
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.
Life in Korea During World War II: When My Name Was Keoko
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.
The Japanese Occupation of Korea: 1910-1945
Students examine the implications of the Japanese occupation of Korea then and today. In this Korean history lesson, students read 2 handouts regarding the occupation and respond to discussion questions that ask them to consider the cultural clash that erupted in the occupation.
JAPANESE COLONIALISM IN KOREA 1910-1945
Students analyze documents ranging from poetry to policy to determine the changes in Korea during its occupation. In this Japanese Colonialism lesson, students listen to a lecture, read documents and write responses analyzing the text. Students write an essay discussing the impact of Japanese occupation on Korean economy, politics, and society.