Class Apps: Japanese Literature/Children’s Literature

There are currently three video presentations available under this category:

Learning to Read Japanese Paintings: Using Art as an Entry Point for Japanese Literature. High school literature teacher and NCTA alumna Sarah Campbell presents one in our series on Asian art in the classroom. Sarah shares strategies for using the piece “Winter Landscape” in an anticipatory activity for a unit on Japanese Buddhist stories. She then offers lesson plans and resources she has developed and used for teaching several medieval and contemporary Japanese stories with Buddhist themes.

Three Japanese Picture Books for the Elementary Classroom. “Kid-tested, professor- approved!” So says Japanese children’s literature specialist David Henry in introducing three exemplary works for use in K-6 classrooms: Kamishibai Man, The Wakame Gatherers, and Faithful Elephants. Includes context and teaching strategies for using these books. Engaging stories with accurate portrayals of Japanese culture and history.

“Voices from Japan:” 3.11 through Tanka Poetry. The project Voices from Japan: Perspectives on Disaster and Hope captured the extraordinary responses of Japanese individuals to Japan’s  3.11 Triple Tragedy through a time-honored Japanese form of expression—tanka poetry.  Kathleen Krauth, history teacher at the American School in Japan, talks about the development of this poetry collection and offers strategies for using these vivid, beautiful poems to teach about Japan, 3.11, and human responses to disaster in social studies and literature classes. Kathy demonstrates how she involved her students with the poetry and offers multiple teaching ideas, along with a selection of the tanka poems.