ERIC Number: ED257759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Parallel Passages: Contrasting Views from U.S. and Japan.
Becker, James; Wojtan, Linda
Using selected passages from Japanese and U.S. social studies textbooks, this booklet presents contrasting views and interpretations of historical events or circumstances. The textbooks, review, and supplementary materials collected or developed in conjunction with the Japan/U.S. Textbook Study Project provides much of the basic material for the booklet. Seven lessons highlight differing perceptions of U.S. and Japanese historical events. In the first lesson, students examine their attitudes toward Japan, explore stereotypes, and investigate the extent of Japan's Westernization. In the second lesson, students compare excerpts from U.S. and Japanese textbooks' accounts of Commodore Perry's visits to Japan. In the third lesson, students examine Japanese perceptions of slavery and the Civil War in U.S. history. The fourth lesson highlights Western perceptions of Japanese religious beliefs. A fifth lesson, "Images of Japan in U.S. Textbooks," is followed by a fact sheet describing Japan's climate, energy sources, housing, and dress. Students then explore cultural diversity in the United States and Japan by completing a comparison chart and reading about the Japanese people. In the final lesson, students examine the U.S. and Japan from both an American perspective and a world-Japanese perspective. The booklet concludes with an annotated resource list and bibliography for teaching about Japan. Student handouts are provided where appropriate. (LH)
Descriptors: American Studies, Asian History, Asian Studies, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Lesson Plans, Non Western Civilization, Religion, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Textbook Content, United States History
Social Studies Development Center, 2805 East Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47405 ($3.00, plus postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Japan