Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4, Aliens Arrive, The Black Ships of the Evil Men, His High and Might Mysteriousness, Landing on Sacred Soil (The Audience Hall))
One day, Friday, July 8th, 1853, to be exact, four enormous ships appeared off of the coast of Shimoda, a small fishing village in Japan.
The object of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will research Japan in the 19th century, and choose one area to write an informative essay on. Possible areas to consider: Geography, Technology, Social system, Political system; Economics, and art.
2. Class discussion. How does the setting make Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun a unique story? How do the people in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups, students will make a chart of the ways the setting for Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun differs from their own time and place.
4. Class work. Students...
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