An overview of the Japanese warrior class known as the samurai.
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Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.
Students will discuss the ways in which spiritual belief supported and enhanced the military function and cultural values of the samurai. They will experience this practice through an ink painting activity.
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Students will complete a map of Japan, identify how its proximity to China and Korea influenced samurai culture, and discuss how its geography informed governing policies.
Students will view representations of literary epics, read related excerpts, and discuss how those scenes exemplify the code of the samurai.
Learn about some of the most prolific archaeological sites in China, including the burial complex of the First Emperor and Sanxingdui.