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The Spiritual Life of the Samurai: Meditation and Brushpainting

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.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Afghanistan and the Silk Road Map Project

Students will use map resources to label a map of Afghanistan with its current bordering countries, current key cities, and ancient sites/cities: Students will learn the geographical placement of Afghanistan in Asia and its neighboring countries. This knowledge will bring a heightened awareness of the influence and exchange among nearby countries with Afghanistan—culturally, politically, and militarily. They will also become familiar with the names of ancient sites and their location in present-day Afghanistan.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)
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Map Activity: Japan's Warrior Government

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.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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An Introduction to Chinese Character and Brushstrokes

All Chinese characters are made up of a number of strokes. These strokes are painted in a prescribed order, depending on the script. Generally, strokes move from top to bottom and from left to right.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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An Introduction to the Zhou Dynasty

A date around 1050 BCE is generally accepted as the date of the defeat of the Shang dynasty (approx. 1500 to 1050 BCE) by Wen Wang and the establishment of the Zhou. The Zhou is divided into Western and Eastern stages, with 771 BCE a critical year, when the Zhou court moved east to Luoyang.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Four Treasures and Other Utensils for a Scholar's Desk

Writing was so valued by the Chinese that they called the most essential implements for the art The Four Treasures–the brush, ink stick, ink stone, and paper.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Create a Simulated Woodblock Print

Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Scholar/Literati Scroll Project

Students will become members of the “literati/scholar” class by demonstrating their understanding of Chinese history, philosophy, and poetry. They will also display high achievement in the “Three Perfections”: calligraphy, painting, and poetry. This project is designed to be a creative alternative to daily or weekly assignments which might otherwise be assembled in a notebook or binder at the end of the 7th-grade Medieval China unit.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)