The activities include reference to Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences (Verbal-Linguistic; Logical-Mathematical; Bodily-Kinesthetic; Visual-Spatial; Musical; Interpersonal; Intrapersonal; Naturalist). It is hoped that this will reflect the variety of learning styles within the classroom setting.

• Have students compare feudal Japan with feudal Europe by writing a short 1 page screenplay with a main character they know from feudal European history transposed to the same era in Japan and then act it out. Example: What challenges would a feudal English Lady/Lord face if she suddenly woke up in the Japanese Kokyo – Imperial Palace.
o Bushido/Chivalry; Samurai/Knight; Daimyo/Lord; Shogun/Noble; Emperor/King
(Verbal-Linguistic - writing; Bodily-Kinesthetic – acting, role-playing etc.; Interpersonal – work in a group, different roles within etc.; Intrapersonal – understanding of how one would act in scenario)
• “The mon, or family crest, was often displayed on the helmet and identified each warrior – for example a chrysanthemum was the emblem of the imperial household.” (Exploring Japan, Samurai, Arms and Armour) Today, family crests are often used on kimono and the designs/symbols appear inside a circle shape. Have students create a mon for their own family choosing symbols that represent their family’s nationality, values, interests, skills and/or history.
(Visual-Spatial – drawing, painting etc.; Interpersonal – roles within family)
• Have students act as a “cultured warrior” by writing a haiku poem.
(Verbal-Linguistic – writing; Intrapersonal – introspective reflection)
• Demonstrate and/or practice various martial arts relying on students’ expertise in physical education class e.g. sumo wrestling, judo, jiu-jutsu, fencing, etc.
(Bodily-Kinesthetic – physical activity, learn by doing; Interpersonal – group activity).
• Perspectives Debate: “Should the needs of the group or the individual come first?”
(Verbal-Linguistic – speaking, debate; Interpersonal – work in group; Intrapersonal – express own opinion).

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