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Teaching about China and Japan in Your Classroom

Teaching about China and Japan Edo Street Craft


Edo shop close up

Teachers used patterned Japanese paper to created an Edo street scene. Each teacher designed a shopfront and then posted them as seen at the top of the page.

This seminar focused on integrating essential knowledge about China and Japan into geography, history, language arts, and art units. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were addressed as we developed sample activities and explored ways to integrate content.

Inspiration was taken from the long history of Chinese and Japanese visual art traditions. Reading and writing based on mythology, folk tales, fiction and non-fiction was used to connect with English and language arts skills.


July 28 – August 1, 2014
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
University of Washington, Seattle


Patricia Burleson with Mary Bernson, Oralee Kramer, and Mary Roberts


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– 27 Washington State OSPI clock hours
– Course materials and lunches
– One-year subscription to subscription to Education about Asia
– $100 for the purchase of teaching materials about Japan