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Keywords: Medieval Japan, feudalism, shogun, war lords, soldier, Buddhism, monks

Global Regions: Asia , East Asia

Countries: Japan

Universities: UCLA



Subjects: History and Social Studies

Resource Types: Curriculum

Time Periods: Pre-Modern

Themes: Belief Systems, Culture and Society

Levels: Middle School (6-8)

 

Medieval Japan

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Curriculum unit for 7th grade students contributes to a better understanding and appreciation of both the historical and cultural aspects of Medieval Japan.

The goal or concept of this curriculum unit is to provide a better understanding and appreciation of both the historical and cultural aspects of Medieval Japan for the 7th grade student.

At the conclusion of the medieval Japan unit (approx. 4 weeks) students produce a Medieval Japan portfolio.  The purpose of the portfolio is to reinforce and better understand the rigors and challenges of daily life in Medieval Japan, as well as stress the importance of arts, learning, and religions of the period.  This self-designed portfolio, complete with written and illustrated information, will help the students gain a better understanding of Japan between the eighth and sixteenth centuries.

Among the topics examined are:

  • Feudalism in Japan
  • The Rise of Shoguns
  • War Lords of Japan
  • Japanese soldiers
  • Buddhist Monks
  • Seven Lucky Gods of Japan

This unit also includes a diagram of Japanese armor, sample samurai resumes, exercise-table of Seven Lucky Gods, and a handout on Japanese numbers.

 

Produced at: University of California, Los Angeles, Asia Institute

Recommended by: Angela Sims

Length: One Week

Year Produced: 2000

Material: Text, diagram, excercise-table of Seven Lucky Gods, images, handout

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