An examination of China, Japan, Korea, and neighboring countries. Students also study ancient and recent Chinese history and China's ethnic groups.
East Asia unit contains 11 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in East Asia Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
China and Its Neighbors: Geographic Passport
Students are introduced to the physical geography of China and create a geographical passport for the country. Then they create a map that compares China to Taiwan and Mongolia. Finally, students research either Taiwan or Mongolia to learn more about one of those countries and describe a place they would like to visit and why.
China and Its Neighbors: History and Its Influence, Part 1
Students use an interactive to explore an overview of Ancient Chinese history, with a specific emphasis on the First Emperor and his initiatives. Next, they learn about the Great Wall and its significance at different points in history. Then they make a timeline to represent this history. Finally, students learn about Genghis Khan and analyze his role in history.
China and Its Neighbors: History and Its Influence, Part 2
Students begin by comparing a Chinese propaganda poster from the Great Leap Forward with an actual photo of the time. Then they move into an exploration of Chinese history starting in 1912. In small groups, they research specific events and present their findings to the group. Next, small groups consider how the modern history of Taiwan and Mongolia are connected to China. Finally, they create an infographic that depicts important elements of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Mongolian history.
China and Its Neighbors: Government and Economy
Students learn the history of the Chinese market in order to see how its current state has evolved. They investigate facts about certain elements of the Chinese market today. Then they research and report on a specific element of that market. Finally, they consider how "shopping is always more than just shopping" in a written reflection.
China and Its Neighbors: China’s Ethnic Groups
Students work together to develop a definition of "ethnic group." Then each student researches and prepares a brief report on one of ten ethnic groups in China. Next students consider what problems ethnic groups may face. Finally, they consider whether the material they used in their research was biased or not.
China and Its Neighbors: Society and Culture
Students consider the cause and effect relationship between technological advancement and the environment. Then they learn about six of China's primary environmental concerns and discuss how societies should weigh the issues. Next, they explore the Three Gorges Dam—the reasons behind it as well as the environmental and social costs. Finally, they write an opinion piece about their position on the Three Gorges Dam.
Japan and the Koreas: Geographic Passport
Students are introduced to the physical geography of Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. They label a map with geographical elements of all three countries. They also create a map to reveal and compare elements of each country. Then they create a geographic passport of each country, comparing and contrasting their features. Finally, they explore the effects of limited space in Japan.
Japan and the Koreas: History and Its Influence
Students explore timelines of Japan and the Koreas. Then they learn more details about the history of the Korean peninsula, particularly the division between North Korea and South Korea after World War II. Next they read more about the history of Japan and focus on Article 9 of the new constitution adopted after World War II. Finally, students consider what the world would be like if other countries had an Article 9, as well.
Japan and the Koreas: Government and Economy
Students learn about the government and economy of Japan and compare it with the United States. Then students explore the deep differences between the North Korean and South Korean governments and economies and consider how they affect the daily lives of citizens. Finally, students consider which of the three countries they would prefer to live in and explain why.
Japan and the Koreas: Society and Culture
Students watch a video on the Japanese education system and compare it to their own. Then they learn about traditional elements of Japanese culture, including theater arts, tea ceremonies, and floral arranging. Next, students explore Japanese pop culture, researching and reporting on anime, manga, and Pokémon. Finally, students compose a letter to a Japanese student describing their own culture and asking questions about Japanese culture.