|Lynn C. Wilczewski
Chesterfield County Schools
Monacan High School
Keizai Koho Fellow, Summer 2006
The World History II curriculum covers elements of Japan’s culture focusing on religion, geography, art, government, and economy. During the course of the school year students learn about traditional Japanese culture, contact with the West, and how Japan developed into a modernized country with a strong economy. World War II, its aftermath, and Japan’s continued economic success are also emphasized.
World History II Objectives-Study of Japan:
Students will review the basic ideas of Buddhism and Shintoism while studying world religions.
Students will be able to identify the geographical features of Japan, major cities, major waterways, etc.
Students will be able to explain how Japan’s geography affected its cultural development and describe examples of cultural borrowing.
They will also be able to compare and contrast the feudal systems of Japan and Europe, and search for connections between a samurai and a knight.
Students will do presentations comparing the themes in Renaissance art with the themes of traditional Japanese art.
Students will be able to compare and contrast the role of the Japanese emperor with the role of Europe’s absolute monarchs.
While studying exploration students will develop reasons why Japan wanted to limit contact with Westerners.
Students will research how Edo (Tokyo) developed into the world’s largest city by 1721.
Students will describe the effects of the Tokugawa Shogunate on Japanese society and culture.
Students will be able to find examples of art and literature from the Romantic period that are similar to Japanese art and literature, and write a research paper on their comparisons.
Students will describe how industrialization was introduced to Japan and how the Japanese planned to use it
Students will summarize the differences in Japan’s response to Imperialism as compared to China’s.
Students will describe how Japan became a world power in Asia.
Students will be able to describe the effects of WWII on Japan and compare post war Japan to the United States.
Students will be able to describe Japan's involvement in the technological development in the Pacific Rim.
Students will analyze Japan's role in the world economy.
Students will compare the role of the modern Japanese woman and family with the traditional Japanese woman and family.
Students will analyze trends in Japan and the United States, comparing birth and marriage rates, women in the workforce, and life expectancy.