ERIC Number: ED194427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Shogun: A Guide for Classroom Use.
Stanford Univ., CA. Center for Research in International Studies.
This teacher's guide will help secondary teachers teach about Japan using the best selling novel or television mini-series "Shogun." In preparing the guide, it was not possible to preview the television program before going to press. Therefore the lessons are keyed to the novel. The pages referred to in the lessons are in the paperback edition. The guide provides material with which to introduce historical Japan and to explore the concepts of cultural change, continuities within that change, and the formation of cultural perceptions and misperceptions. Specific lessons are presented to illustrate these concepts within the contexts of both historical and contemporary Japan. In one lesson entitled "Blackthorne's World: A Geographical Exercise" students are asked to draw a world map from memory; identify Blackthorne's route on a world map; explain Blackthorne's route in terms of ocean currents and prevailing winds; and explain some political/military effects of these land, water and wind relationships. In another lesson "What is a Barbarian? A Study of Ethnocentrism" students are involved in many classroom discussions dealing with the concepts "civilized,""barbarian,""perception,""misperception,""stereotype," and "ethnocentrism." To help them "get into the other person's shoes" students are asked to select a character from the story and take on their character's role in keeping a diary. They record their thoughts and actions as they read the novel. Other activities include participating in a mock trial, reading primary source material, role playing or writing a series of political cartoons. The guide also provides a glossary of names, places, and terms used in "Shogun," a comparative timeline of European and Japanese history, and a bibliography of additional resources. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Japan - U.S. Friendship Commission, Washington, DC.; Consulate of Japan, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Center for Research in International Studies.
Identifiers: Japan; Shogun