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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.
Students examine foreign relations in Meiji Japan and answer critical questions pertaining to international methods of settling disputes. In this foreign relations in Meiji lesson plan, students discover historical events that led Japan to become a world power. Students research supplemental material on the internet that relates to the Meiji period in Japan. 
Students read facts about foreign intrusion and Meiji Japan and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 short answer questions.
Learners respond to three writing prompts related to Japan and the Meiji Restoration. They'll explain whey Japan was the first Asian nation to industrialize, the conflicts between Russia, China, and Japan, and causes of the Russo-Japanese War. 
In this online interactive world history activity, students answer 8 multiple choice questions regarding Meiji Japan. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Learners analyze the internal and external causes of the Meiji Restoration. They look at the goals and policies of the state and their impact on Japan's modernization. Students also assess the impact of Western ideas on Japan and realize that there can be social costs of rapid cultural change. This guide involves watching movies and looking at reader's theatres, articles, and other sources of information.
Showcase the effects of modernization of Japan. This is a well-put-together resource, great for taking notes, and providing clear information. The class learns about open trade with Japan, the Meiji Era, the Sino-Japanese War, and Japanese occupation of Korea. Great teaching tool to add to your PowerPoint collection.
On the cusp of the 20th century, Japan was going through many cultural and political changes. From the entrance of Commodore Matthew Perry, to the introduction of Western culture to the Japanese people, this presentation covers the many transitions in this once-mysterious country - and its increasing power and rivalries around the world.
Tenth graders become familiar with the effects on society during the Mejii period.  In this Japanese industrial revolution lesson, 10th graders research and answer critical thinking questions related to the Mejii period in Japan.
Critical thinking comes in many forms, one of which is written response. Learners compose three responses describing Japanese actions in Korea, forced open trade with the West, and the impact of Japanese Imperialism on relationships between Japan and its neighbors. 
A lesson plan originally designed around the short story "Mr. Saito of Heaven Building" by Yamanokuchi Baku, this resource provides historical background, discussion questions, and brief writing assignments that help your class explore issues of cultural and national identity in literature. The preservation of Okinawan identity in the face of the dominant Japanese culture can serve as a nice warm up to issues of identity in other literature, such as American and British.
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 examine the westernization of Japan. In this world history lesson, students explore the culture shift in Japan during the 20th century and note the similarities between the foundation of modern Japanese government and governments of the west.
Upper graders read a provided informational text regarding restored imperial rule in Japan. They read about the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, use of Western Technology, and restoration of imperial rule. There are two comprehension questions that follow the reading.
Combine literature and history by examining the work of Japanese writers after the Russo-Japanese war. This resource is for advanced classes with an interest in how literature reflects and reacts to societal change. Activities outlined in the lesson include a personal reaction to a policy change at school, a lecture, a discussion of the novel Sanshirô, and a diary entry.
In this modernization of Japan worksheet, students take notes to answer 9 questions regarding the modernization of Japan time line and respond to 1 short answer question pertaining to the Meiji era.
Learners visit the Allen Memorial Art Museum to view Asian works of art and read the story Kogi's Mysterious Journey by Elizabeth Partridge. They discover the history of Gyotaku and its transition into an art form. They then examine the body of a fish and note its different parts, particularly the gills, scales, fins, and eyes.
For this English worksheet, students read "World's Oldest Man Dies," and then respond to 20 fill in the blank, 15 short answer, 8 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
Although this lesson plan covers the rather obscure topic of the Japanese "I-novel", it also includes a great deal of historical information and material for an in-depth discussion of universal literary concepts. Specifically, young readers are asked to consider the role of personal experience in literature and how it can be used to comment on human existence and social life. Coupled with the reading of an "I-novel", the lesson could be part of an advance narrative writing unit.
What really constitutes nationalism? The video's narrator reviews this concept in detail and covers a range of topics in the nineteenth century, from the creation of the Ottoman Empire to the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s. He spends great deal of time focusing on Japan as a case study, including information on the daimyo, the restoration of the imperial throne, and the country's rise as a modern nation-state.

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