Discover Japan Webquest Statue


HAJIME NI - INTRODUCTION
Konnochiwa! Welcome to our Japan Webquest! 
What do you know about Japan?  Well, this is your chance to find out!  Have you ever wondered about the Zen temples of Kyoto or the tranquility of the Hokkaido wilderness?  What about Ginza's bright lights, Osaka's street culture or the chaos of Tokyo?  When you look out your front window have you ever seen a Honda or a Toyota?  Have you ever eaten Sushi or Tofu or sat on a Futon?  These are all aspects of Japanese culture that affect us here in North America.  Through this webquest, you and your group will learn about the culture of Japan and the many changes that have occurred.  You are responsible for a group presentation where you will present using Power Point, a travel brochure or written work.
 

KADAI/THE TASK
How does culture change? As a group you are going to discover about the geography, customs, history, government, industries and language of Japan.  Students will take on the following roles: Geographer, Historian, Political Scientist, Linguist, Industrialist and Anthropologist.  Students are expected to work together to get information and share their finding with the group and discover how culture changes. Using their defined roles students are expected to discuss the following key components of culture.

KATEI/THE PROCESS

  1. In your groups of six chose one of the above roles.
  2. Each researcher will go to the web or other resources which are suggested below to explore Japan
  3. Answer the questions and fulfill the requirements for that specific role
  4. Using each individualís research answer the following questions regarding Japanese Culture as a group.

Geographer - You need to find a map and a flag of Japan.  Additionally you are responsible for determining the population, nature/climate, capital, name of islands, information about big cities and transportation.  Japan Atlas

Historian - The purpose of your research is to discover as much as you can about the Samurai, the Geisha, Japan's role in World War 2 and the history of the currency.  History of Japanese currency

Anthropologist - As an anthropologist, you are required to research about life in Japan.  What is the primary religion? What other religions are there? What does a traditional Japanese meal consist of? Describe the typical Japanese family. What does it look like?  How many people are there?  How is the traditional Japanese family different from a Western North American family?  What does socialization mean and how does it relate to the Japanese lifestyle?

Political Scientist - You need to research about government systems in Japan.  What type of government does Japan have?  Who is Prime Minister of Japan?  What is the emperor's roll?

Linguist - A linguist is someone who knows about language.  You need to research Japanese language.  What is the official language of Japan?  What other languages are spoken?  How do you say hello in Japan?  What would your name be in Japanese? Your group memberís names?

Industrialist - Your job is to identify major industries of Japan.  What are Japan's primary, secondary and tertiary industries?  What is Japan's contact with other cultures?   For example, trade, communication, economics.
 

  1. What changes have taken place?
  2. What impact has contact with other societies had on Japanese culture?
  3. How do people respond to cultural change?
  4. What influences culture to change?
  5. What aspects of traditional Japanese Culture have been retained? The Japan of Today

 

SHIRYO/RESOURCES
General Information Sites
Japan Guide - General Information about Japan
Japan Information Network - all the information about Japan. Official page of the ministry of foreign affairs
Japan - Lonely Planet - Travel Destination Guide
Japan - Encyclopedia
Japan for Visitors

HYOKA/EVALUATION

Japan Webquest Challenge

Objectives

Beginning
1

Developing
2

Satisfactory
3

Accomplished
4

Exemplary
5

Student Score

Teacher Score

In their defined roles, students will identify and describe what changes have taken place in Japanese culture.

Student displays knowledge that there was cultural change.

Student displays comprehension of cultural change.

Student applies what they have learned regarding cultural change.

Student demonstrates an analysis of cultural change.

Student evaluates the cultural change that occurred in Japan. 

 

 

In their defined roles, students will identify and describe how contact with other cultures has impacted Japan.

Student displays knowledge that Japan had contact with other cultures.

Student displays comprehension that contact with other cultures has impacted Japan.

Student applies what they have learned regarding Cultural impact on Japan

Student demonstrates an analysis of the impact of other cultures on Japan.

Student evaluates the impact of other cultures on Japan

 

 

In their defined roles, students will identify and describe how people respond to cultural change.

Student displays knowledge that people respond to cultural change.

Student understands that people respond to cultural change. 

Student applies what they have learned regarding respond to cultural change.

Student formulates conclusions about how people respond to cultural change.

Student assesses how people respond to cultural change. 

 

 

In their defined roles, students will identify and describe what aspects influence cultural change.

Student displays knowledge that cultural change occurs.

Student displays comprehension of different aspects that influence cultural change.

Student illustrates the aspects that influence cultural change.

Student arranges and classifies the aspects that influence cultural change.

Student verifies the aspects that influence cultural change that occurred in Japan. 

 

 

In their defined roles, students will identify and describe what aspects of traditional Japanese culture have been retained.

Student displays knowledge that certain aspects of traditional Japanese culture have been retained.

Student understands that certain aspects of traditional Japanese culture have been retained.

Student shows that there are aspects of traditional Japanese culture that have been retained.

Student predicts and draws conclusions about Japan's traditional culture being retained.

Student evaluates the aspects of traditional Japanese culture that have been retained. 

 

 

Students will present their information using a Power Point presentation, a travel brochure or a written essay.

Student included flag and map.  Slides sloppy.  Did not follow format. Many grammatical errors.  Shows little organization.

Student included flag and map.  Slides organized; however, needed more information.  Some interest and organization. 

Student included flag and map.  Slides organized and followed format.  Student shows interest and organization.

Student included flag and map.  Slides are organized, follow format.  Information complete and accurate.  Well done.

Student included flag and map.  Slides organized and followed format.  Student exceeded expectations.

 

 

Students participated well in their group.

Student worked marginally well with the group.  Little interaction, student disinterested or distracted.

Student showed some initiative when working in group. 

Student worked well with group.  Shared some responsibility, demonstrated attentive listening.

Full participation, lively discussion concerning assignment.  On-task in completing research, presentation.

Leadership and listening skills displayed.  Performed effectively.  Shared responsibility.  Enthusiastic participant.

 

 


Written by Chris Giffen and Andrea Marchuk. Last updated 03/10/04.


OWARINI/CONCLUSION
   

You have now completed your tour of Japan.  You have learned many aspects of Japanese culture and how it has changed and evolved over time.  Congratulations! The goal of this webquest was for the student to learn about Japanís environment, lifestyles, traditions and culture.  This webquest was designed to provoke interest in Japanese Culture and was to be presented in an informative and meaningful way.   Presentations help students feel more comfortable with public speaking.  You can now appreciate that change is a common factor of life in all cultures and you can develop a willingness to consider opinions and interpretations different from your own.   Remember to use the above rubric to determine expectations and to complete your own self-evaluation.  For more information on sports and art, you can follow these links.   Japanese SportsJapanese Art .