Japanese Imperialism Teacher Resources
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Twelfth graders discuss the probability of imposing a democracy in a country in which there is no history of this type of government being successful. Using the internet, they work together to research Japan's experience with democracy and the challenges it faced doing so. They also compare and contrast the United States Constitution with the Japanese Constitution.
Who Were the Dissidents?
Students discover how Japanese dissidents spoke out against the injustice practiced in Imperial Japan. In this Japanese history lesson, students listen to a lecture about the silent dissidents in the nation prior to World War II and the role they played in their government. Students draw comparisons between these dissidents and other dissidents in history. Students write their own war poems with dissident voices.
Social and Cultural Scene
Ninth graders examine the Imperial Era of Japan. For this World History lesson, 9th graders address the social and cultural aspects or history. students are given various true incidents and should understand that personal stories improve knowledge.
Korea - Japan Colonizes Korea
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.
Students 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.
Creating a Mon-Japanese Family Crest
Students 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.
Military History Of China And Japan
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.
Historical Witness: Social Messaging
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.
The World of Haiku
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.
The World of Haiku
Students complete a study of Japanese culture through haiku. They read and interpret haiku poetry and write haiku of their own.
Patriotism Reflected in Art and Literature (part A)
Learners explore pre-World War II Japanese art. In this patriotism lesson, students analyze Eternal Fuji and Red Sun by Yokoyama Taikan. Learners discuss the techniques used to create the painting as well as the symbolism behind it. Students then create their own patriotic drawings.
Samurai Armor Lesson Plan
Learners 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.
Nature and the Environment in Postwar Japan
Japan has a complex relationship with the environment. Explore this relationship with your class through this resource. Included are thought questions, several activity ideas that range from writing, to discussion, to research, and an idea for a theoretical conversation about attitudes toward nature. Resources are listed. Some links are included in online resources about Minamata.
Japanese Modernization and Imperialism
Learners 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.
Open-ended dialogue and guiding questions lead children through a discussion about the relationship between physical objects and personal identity. They analyze the work of two contemporary Japanese artists who have use their mediums to express feelings of home. Tip: This would be a good opportunity to have learners use art to express aspects of home or personal identity.
The Imperial Republic: 1865-1914 (5)
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 14 matching questions regarding the Imperial Republic. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Imperial Republic: 1865-1914 (6)
For this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 12 matching questions regarding 1865-1914 America. Students may check their answers immediately.
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.
High schoolers examine the concept of censorship in authoritarian government and how Japanese and Chinese artists used their work as political commentary. This lesson includes possible lesson enrichments.
The Flights Of The Phoenix
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 instructional activity can be adapted for grades 8 through 11 but was originally for 8th grade language arts.