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This is an inquiry challenge that can be introduced to students who are studying the Edo period of Japan (1603 - 1867). Students should have an understanding of inquiry, what it is, in addition to an understanding of higher-order thinking and Bloom's taxonomy. My school has the Thomson-Nelson textbook, Our Worldviews. This could also work with the Pearson textbook, Worldviews: Contact and Change.


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  • Arts > History
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Other


Japan inquiry critical thinking



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-12-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a student directed research project on Edo Japan. Students choose a role and learn about the privileges and hardships of the particular position. They then present the material to the class in a dramatic or written format. The variety of presentation methods offered allows each student to choose a form with which they are comfortable. The lesson includes a detailed self-assessment that will help students understand the expectations of the assignment. It is recommended that clear requirements for each type of presentation are outlined to provide further guidance to the students. While the lesson is specific to Edo Japan, it could easily be adapted to examine social classes in other historical time periods.

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