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Ninth graders examine the connection between the Russo-Japanese War and Japan's annexation of Korea. They write a petition to President Teddy Roosevelt presenting the potential impact of supporting Japan in 1905 and encouraging a different course of action.
Young scholars analyze the significance of imperialism on the country of Japan. In groups, they use the internet to introduce themselves to the various Meiji leaders and their plans for the country of Japan. They describe the effects of imperialism and modernization on Japan as well.
Students examine how the Chinese and Japanese used art and literature to bolster the legitimacy of military regimes. The lesson concludes with small group Powerpoint presentations.
Research European expansionism and colonialism during the Age of Exploration. Study the Marquise de Miramon and discuss the objects from Japan. Research Europe's expansionism and colonialism during the Age of Exploration by working in groups to complete section research. Debate about the topic, discuss exoticsm, cultural imperialism, and create a related art activity.
Fourth graders explore the traditions and conventions of haiku, comparing this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre of Japanese visual art and composing haiku of their own.
Students complete a study of Japanese culture through haiku. They read and interpret haiku poetry and write haiku of their own.
Students explore pre-World War II Japanese art. In this patriotism lesson, students analyze Eternal Fuji and Red Sun by Yokoyama Taikan. Students discuss the techniques used to create the painting as well as the symbolism behind it. Students then create their own patriotic drawings.
High schoolers identify and evaluate Korea's role in inventions in Asia. In this Korean Invention lesson, students complete a chart of innovations and discuss where they are from. High schoolers read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Students create origami. In this visual arts lesson, students design and create origami samurai helmets that feature Japanese patterns and textures in the style of those worn by samurai.
Students compare and contrast two fundamentally different treatments of women, one Chinese and one Japanese, and to examine how this reflects on the culture that produced them.
Students examine the concept of censorship in authoritarian government and how Japanese and Chinese artists used their work as political commentary. This instructional activity includes possible instructional activity enrichments.
Students investigate the use of the Phoenix in Japanese and Chinese art while making connections to the use of the Phoenix in the book Fahrenheit 451. This lesson can be adapted for grades 8 through 11 but was originally for 8th grade language arts.
High schoolers research and analyze the roots of Shinto in this lesson plan about Japanese cultural practices and philosophy. Possible lesson plan enrichments and/or extensions are included with the lesson plan.
Young scholars read and respond to an excerpts from The Pillow Book- Sei Shonagon. They compare their life to the life of a tenth century Japanese Court woman. They examine how personal diaries help to teach about cultures.
Examine the conflicts and solutions that defined imperial Japan. The Shino-Japanes War, Battle of Tsushima, Russo-Japanese War, Treaty of Shimonoseki, and The Treaty of Portsmouth are all covered in this slide show. 
Learners gain an understanding of the importance of family continuity in Asian society. In this art lesson plan, students create a personal or family crest using the mon design to create a print block and print a copy of the design on fabric.
Students examine the period in which Japan ended its isolationism with the rest of the world. Using the internet, they identify the reasons why Japan occupied and annexed Korea along with the country's reasons for going to war with China and Russia. As a class, they discuss the reasons why Japan wanted to modernize to become a world power.
Students analyze artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups.
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 14 matching questions regarding the Imperial Republic. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive American history learning exercise, high schoolers respond to 12 matching questions regarding 1865-1914 America. Students may check their answers immediately.

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