Introduction to Japanese Samurai Lesson

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Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of samurai in medieval Japanese society. They will develop an awareness of their roles, responsibilities, and their development over time. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, including reading, source analysis, research, and watching options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

How would you like to learn?

Option 1: Readings


Step 1: Download a copy of the reading questions worksheet:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading the webpage below:


Option 2: Using sources


Step 1: Download a copy of the source analysis worksheet below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by using the following sources:

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Option 3: Internet research


Download a copy of the research worksheet and use the internet to complete the tables.


Option 4: Watch video


Step 1: Download a copy of the viewing questions worksheet:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by watching the documentary below:


Resources for subscribers



Extension activities