Ancient and Medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam: A Complete Overview

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⁣Lesson Plan: Ancient and Medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam

Grade Level: 7-8

Subject: Social Studies/World History

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.9: Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Students will explore the ancient and medieval histories of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and compare and contrast their cultural, political, and economic developments.

- Textbooks or reliable online sources with information on ancient and medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam
- Maps of the regions
- Visual aids (e.g., pictures, videos, or artifacts) representing each civilization
- Graphic organizer or Venn diagram for comparisons

1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Display the title "Ancient and Medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam" on the board.
- Engage students in a brief discussion about their prior knowledge or perceptions of these civilizations.

2. Background Information (10 minutes):
- Provide a brief overview of the geographical locations of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, highlighting their proximity and relationship to each other.
- Show maps of the regions to help students visualize their locations and understand their geographic features.

3. Individual Research (15 minutes):
- Divide the class into small groups, assigning each group a specific civilization (Japan, Korea, or Vietnam).
- Instruct students to use textbooks or reliable online sources to gather information about the ancient and medieval histories of their assigned civilization, including key events, cultural practices, political structures, and economic systems.
- Encourage students to take notes and use graphic organizers or Venn diagrams to organize their findings.

4. Group Presentations (15 minutes):
- Have each group present their findings, focusing on the unique characteristics and significant developments of their assigned civilization.
- Encourage students to use visual aids, such as pictures, videos, or artifacts, to enhance their presentations.

5. Comparison Activity (10 minutes):
- After each group presentation, facilitate a class discussion to compare and contrast the civilizations of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
- Use the graphic organizer or Venn diagram to identify similarities and differences in their cultural, political, and economic aspects.

6. Primary and Secondary Sources (5 minutes):
- Introduce the concept of primary and secondary sources, emphasizing their importance in understanding historical events and civilizations.
- Provide examples of primary and secondary sources related to the ancient and medieval histories of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

7. Analysis and Interpretation (10 minutes):
- Distribute excerpts from primary and secondary sources related to the civilizations studied.
- Instruct students to analyze and interpret the sources, discussing their reliability, biases, and perspectives.

8. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Summarize the main points discussed during the lesson, highlighting the unique characteristics and significant developments of ancient and medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
- Encourage students to continue exploring and learning about the rich histories of these civilizations.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Ancient and Medieval Japan, Korea, and Vietnam is a complete overview of these 3 East Asian states from their formation until around 1500. We will go through the Japanese Ancient (Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun), Classical (Asuka, Nara, Heian), and Feudal (Kamakura, Muromachi) periods, before heading to Korea and Vietnam, and the links they all had with China. This will be our 6th episode in the Medieval World mega-documentary!0:00 Japan (Ancient, Classical, Feudal, Culture)29:36 Korea (Gojoseon, Three Kingdoms, Goryeo, Joseon)38:40 Vietnam (Dong Son, Chinese Rule, Dai Viet)The Medieval World Series: to The Medieval World series! This series is meant to summarize broad topics in history and balances political history and events, with social/daily life, and culture. If you've watched our History of the World documentary, this series is a perfect next step. The videos are standalone, but presented in a chronological fashion. The series will be divided into 8 videos about the Medieval Period, which we call Phase 2. Once these 8 videos are completed, we will move onto Phase 3, but this project will be considered completed, and compiled into ONE MEGA-DOCUMENTARY containing all 8 parts.-----Check out the Sections on our Homepage for the series we are working on: subscribe to Made In History for more videos! We are always trying to grow! All images used with CC license. #worldhistory #japan #medieval #japanesehistory #koreanhistory #vietnam #eastasia

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