Map Activity - Japan’s Warrior Government

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A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of living on a island launches a mapping activity that reveals how Japan's military and cultural history were influenced by the nation's geographic location and topography.

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Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes class members have studied the samurai tradition, including the bushido code, and have some knowledge of the principles of Zen Buddhism
  • The mapping activity would work best if presented in the context of an extended study of Japanese military and cultural history
  • Part of a series of resources focused on Japanese history and art
Pros

  • The mapping activity illustrates the influences of topography and cultural exchange
  • A template for the map, the student worksheet, and an answer key are included in the resource packet
Cons

  • Although the images and activities might engage learners, the lesson lacks cohesion and additional scaffolding will need to be provided
  • The lecture approach is more suited to high school classes