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Rapid Adaptation in the Meiji Period

  • Write a newspaper article describing the most significant political, social, economic and cultural changes affecting Japanese society in the Meiji period.
  • Write an editorial on the desirability of these changes.

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Specific Outcomes

This critical challenge may address these outcomes:

Specific Outcome 8.1.1 - Students will appreciate the roles of time and geographic location in shaping a society’s worldview (C, I, TCC, LPP)
Specific Outcome 8.1.3 - Students will appreciate how models of governance and decision making reflect a society’s worldview (C, I, TCC, PADM)
Specific Outcome 8.1.4 - Students will appreciate how a society’s worldview shapes individual citizenship and identity (C, I, TCC)
Specific Outcome - What were the motivations for the radical changes in Japan’s model of organization during the Meiji period? (ER, CC, PADM)
Specific Outcome - How did Japan adapt to changes brought on by the transition from feudal to modern models of organization? (CC, TCC, I)
Specific Outcome - How did the changes resulting from adaptation affect Japan economically, politically and socially during the Meiji period? (ER, CC, PADM)
Specific Outcome - In what ways did changes resulting from isolation in the Edo period compare to changes resulting from adaptation in the Meiji period? (CC, TCC, I)
Specific Outcome - What challenges emerged for the Japanese in maintaining traditional cultural aspects of their society while undergoing rapid change? (CC, I, TCC)
Specific Outcome 8.S.1.1 - Students will analyze the validity of information based on context, bias, source, objectivity, evidence and reliability to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue
Specific Outcome 8.S.1.6 - Students will access diverse viewpoints on particular topics by using appropriate technologies
Specific Outcome 8.S.2.1 - Students will distinguish cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including the long- and short-term causal relations
Specific Outcome 8.S.2.3 - Students will analyze the historical contexts of key events of a given time period
Specific Outcome 8.S.3.6 - Students will access and operate multimedia applications and technologies from stand-alone and online sources; e.g., GIS
Specific Outcome 8.S.4.2 - Students will propose and apply new ideas and strategies, supported with facts and reasons, to contribute to problem solving and decision making
Specific Outcome 8.S.4.3 - Students will propose and apply strategies or options to solve problems and deal with issues
Specific Outcome 8.S.5.1 - Students will identify and use a variety of strategies to resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly
Specific Outcome 8.S.5.2 - Students will consider the needs and perspectives of others
Specific Outcome 8.S.5.3 - Students will demonstrate leadership within groups where appropriate
Specific Outcome 8.S.5.4 - Students will access, retrieve and share information from electronic sources, such as common files
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.1 - Students will integrate and synthesize concepts to provide an informed point of view on a research question or an issue
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.2 - Students will develop a position that is supported by information gathered through research
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.3 - Students will draw conclusions based upon research and evidence
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.4 - Students will determine how information serves a variety of purposes and that the accuracy or relevance may need verification
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.5 - Students will organize and synthesize researched information
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.8 - Students will include and organize references as part of research
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.9 - Students will plan and conduct a search, using a wide variety of electronic sources
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.10 - Students will demonstrate the advanced search skills necessary to limit the number of hits desired for online and offline databases; for example, the use of "and" or "or" between search topics and the choice of appropriate search engines for the topic
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.11 - Students will develop a process to manage volumes of information that can be made available through electronic sources
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.12 - Students will evaluate the relevance of electronically accessed information to a particular topic
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.13 - Students will make connections among related, organized data, and assemble various pieces into a unified message
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.14 - Students will refine searches to limit sources to a manageable number
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.15 - Students will analyze and synthesize information to create a product
Specific Outcome 8.S.7.16 - Students will access and retrieve information through the electronic network
Specific Outcome 8.S.8.1 - Students will communicate in a persuasive and engaging manner through speeches, multimedia presentations and written and oral reports, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration
Specific Outcome 8.S.9.1 - Students will examine techniques used to enhance the authority and authenticity of media messages
Specific Outcome 8.S.9.2 - Students will examine the values, lifestyles and points of view represented in a media message
C Citizenship
ER Economics and Resources
CC Culture and Community
I Identity
LPP The Land: Places and People
GC Global Connections
TCC Time, Continuity and Change
PADM Power, Authority, and Decision Making
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