ERIC Number: ED252486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Modern Japan: An Idea Book for K-12 Teachers. Multicultural Education Resource Series.
Bernson, Mary Hammond, Ed.; Magnusson, Elaine, Ed.
This idea book of supplementary lessons on Japan is a compilation of lessons produced by elementary and secondary teachers (K-12) at a 1983 summer institute. Lessons offer teaching strategies, factual information, and teaching tips, focusing primarily on writing skills; visual arts; games, music, and other arts; and social studies. The writing skills lessons suggest activities on fortune telling, descriptive writing, clustering, Haiku, writing Japanese stories, describing character, writing from differing points of view, and writing about Zen Buddhism and Hiroshima. Visual arts lessons focus on understanding (and in many cases creating) Daruma toys and games, Japanese designs, Kokeshi dolls, Japanese laquerware, masks for Shinto deities, relief block prints, Japanese fans, artifacts, and Japanese family crests. Students also learn the national anthem of Japan and other songs, folktales, and two Japanese games. Social studies lessons present information on the geography of Japan, enthnocentricism, and Japanese names. Student readings on the role of Japanese women are followed by a lesson on Japanese homes. Subsequent lessons teach about cultural lags, U.S. trade with Japan, the Japanese constitution, education, and law and justice in Japan. Grade level, objective, materials needed, time requirements, and procedures are outlined for each lesson. Illustrative examples are provided where appropriate. The document concludes with a list of organizations that serve as resources for teaching about Japan. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia. Office for Equity Education.
Identifiers: Japan; Japanese Art
Note: Prepared as a 1983 Summer Institute Project at the East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington.