Unit #: 5
Lesson #: 7
Lesson name: Japan’s Physical Features, Economy and Government
Core Content : S.S.06-1.1.1 Students will compare purposes and sources of power in the
most common forms of government (monarchy, democracy, republic, dictatorship) in the present
S.S.-06-2.1.1 Students will explain how elements of culture (language, the arts, customs, beliefs,
literature) define specific groups in the global world of the present day and may result in unique
S.S.-06-3.3.1 Students will explain how in present day market economies, the prices of goods are
determined by supply and demand.
S.S.-06-3.4.2 Students will describe how new knowledge, technology/tools, and specialization
increase human productivity in the present day.
R.L.H. 6-8.7 Diverse media and formats
Flashbacks: cold war questions from compass learning
Essential Question: What kinds of physical features are found in Japan? How do most people
there make a living? What kind of government do they have?
Learning Target/Objective: I can locate physical features of Japan on a map, describe their use
of technology to help their economy, and describe their type of government.
VOCABULARY: constitutional monarchy, emperor, Shinto, Buddhism, Sumo wrestling,
Kabuki, judo, karate
Resources: The World and Its People pp. 691-695 with accompanying blank outline map,
projected list of physical features, and questions sheet.
Instructional Strategies: Students will be given blank outline maps of Japan and will be
instructed to use the map on p. 691 of the textbook to locate the physical features that are
projected in a list on the screen. Students will then read the textbook pages in pairs and answer
the questions on the handout (see attached list of physical features and questions handout.)
Finally, students will complete the exit slip.
Exit Slip: List one physical feature found in Japan, one way people make a living, and list
Japan’s type of government
Formative Assessment: maps, handout answers, and exit slip.
Summative Assessment: Asia Common Assessment