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INTRO 1 - Japanese for Kidz (Ages 10-12)

Japanese History Spotlight: The Last Samurai

Jessica Hom
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(95)
The samurai occupy an immense place in Japanese history and cultural heritage, but what brought an end to them after they became so legendary?

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Students will learn about the role of samurai in Japanese society, their contributions to the modernization of Japan, how they came to an end, and their legacy after their end. Through this, they should gain a broad understanding of Japanese history on the whole, as the samurai play a major role in it. They should also gain historical skills such as how to examine documents and artwork. Finally, they will develop basic research and presentation skills through a guided research project.
I have a Bachelor's degree in history and graduated with high honors in 2018, having studied and researched a broad range of history. Japanese history is my specialty, particularly the time period we will be studying in this class. I wrote a 100 page thesis on Japanese history on the role of a group of samurai in Japan's modernization in the 1800s. I also minored in Japanese language and literature. As for teaching, I have worked in a variety of educational settings ranging from schools to museums for the past five years and have my CE in Social Studies Education K-12 from the State of NJ.
Homework Offered
Over the course of the class, students will conduct guided research on a famous samurai to share with the class in a presentation on the last day. I will help them with their research, teaching them the basics of research, breaking it down into simple weekly tasks, and checking in with them regularly. This should amount to a commitment of 1-2 hours a week outside of class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment will be largely informal, but a written report of a learner's progress can be made upon request. Please reach out to me at any time if you are interested!
Grades Offered
Students should have access to Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, or another similar software so they can work on their project. Everything else will require nothing else but Internet access.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Given the topic, discussion of warfare and violence will be part of this class. We will be talking about warriors, their deeds, and their role in Japanese history. Learners will be shown paintings and other artistic renditions of warfare. The class will not include particularly graphic or disturbing images, but any discussion of warfare can be sensitive for some learners. It will be age appropriate for the prescribed age, 12-17.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(95)
Hello! My name is Jessica Hom (formerly Madeira) and I am thrilled to be teaching on Outschool! 

I teach a variety of classes on Outschool, most of them involving learning through storytelling, whether it be approaching an academic topic like... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
60 min

Completed by 19 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
1-8 learners per class

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