In these lessons, students will use both primary and secondary sources to explore the connections of different groups to each mountain. They will interpret, analyze, and respond to documents, poems, stories, data, as well as first hand accounts. The literary selections cover time periods from ancient to modern. Some are complex and would require higher level reading skills, others are simple and would be suitable for a range of reading abilities. Students have the opportunity to create final products which range from extended writing responses, short answers, multimedia presentations as well as artistic creations.
Humans have always had a deep connection to their land. This connection has translated into many different forms of appreciation of special areas around the world- generating unique cultural identities. The following lessons plans are designed to build a bridge between distant cultures by examining how humans have interacted with their environment, using Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier as the focus. The lessons contain historical, current events, language arts based activities, as well as artistic interpretation and inquiries centering around Japanese and American culture. While the target audience for these lessons is mainly grades 8-10, much of this material could be modified to suit both general education and honors students in grades 6-12.
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Two Mountains, Two Peoples
36 Views of Mount Fuji and Mount Rainier
A Cultural Connection
Facing the Future
Creating a Sense of Place
Last updated: April 24, 2018