Anime Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Anime is an entertaining form of art that has descended from Japanese culture. Your students will learn about anime as they read a text lesson, watch short clips of anime and create their own anime.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define anime
  • explain the history of anime in Japanese culture
  • describe the characteristics and different genres of anime
  • create a short anime


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


  • Copies of the Anime: History & Style text lesson, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Computer or DVD player with projector
  • Anime clips from different genres
  • Printer paper cut in half
  • Colored pencils and/or markers
  • Index cards with a different genre of anime on each one (You may want to skip Hentai since it focuses on sex.)


  • Start the lesson by asking your students to tell you their favorite cartoons to watch. Write them on the board. If any of them are examples of anime, then circle them.
  • Tell your students that the ones that are circled are all examples of anime. Let your students know they are going to learn more about anime as they read the Anime: History & Style text lesson.
  • Pass the text lesson out to your students and read the lesson together by having a different student read each paragraph in the lesson.
  • Start the reading at the beginning of the lesson and stop after 'The History of Anime' section; then ask and discuss the following:
    • What are some of the characteristics of anime?
    • How did producers create the earliest anime?
    • What is stop-motion?
  • Continue the reading through the end of the 'Anime Genres' section; then ask and do the following:
    • What is the purpose of using big, expressive eyes in anime?
    • What is the focus of the Shonen genre of anime?
    • Which genre of anime focuses on robots?
    • Play a small portion of different kinds of anime. Ask your students to identify the genre for each anime that you show them.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students and answer any questions they have at this time.

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