The Samurai Code—A FLEX Course on the History and Geography of Feudal Japan

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(31)
During this 5-week Flexible Schedule course, students will explore the geography, history, government, and culture of feudal Japan, from the rise of the empire to the end of Shogun rule.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 7
This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the geography, key historical events, social structure, culture, and elites of Feudal Japan and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this course for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary School teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Each weekly selection to be read independently is an average of 1200 words. The selections were written for 5th graders, but the texts are compelling and content-rich such that they would challenge and satisfy the interest of 6th and 7th graders.  Assignments are designed to help students engage with the content.  The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner. 
Text: Czars and Shoguns, available as a free download at
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • padlet
  • quizlet
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments.  Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio.  If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(31)
Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
Flex Class


for 5 weeks
5 weeks

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(5)
Completed by 34 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 10-12
3-12 learners per class

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