Hokusai - Japanese Culture Mini Unit

This mini-unit explores how students can respond to a fascinating biography about
Hokusai and informational texts about Mt. Fuji with an “inner voice,” and leave tracks of
their thinking, using the very best of reading comprehension strategies using a read aloud
about Hokusai, informational texts via books and the internet, and a short film about Mt.
Fuji. If you are teaching a unit on Japan, learning about Hokusai, a famous painter who
lived during the Edo period, is an engaging piece of Japan’s art and culture. Learning
about Mt. Fuji, Hokusai’s focus of many of his paintings, helps students learn about an
important landmark in Japan, and use their research skills to write their own “informative
text” in their own words.
The Common Core Standards enable teachers to be creative to produce more rigorous,
comprehensive instruction using books, the internet, and digital media. This mini-unit
about Hokusai and Mt. Fuji will help teachers craft opportunities for students to
“undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying
complex works of literature.”

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Created: Aug 29, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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