Japanese Culture in the 9th-10th Centuries Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan teaches students about literature, art and drama of the Japanese Heian Period. Students will watch a video lesson on the subject, compare these areas before and after the Heian Period in a hands-on activity, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze literature, art and drama of the Heian Period
  • compare and contrast literature, art and drama before, during and after the Heian Period


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7

Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.


  • Access to technology and the internet, as well as a printer
  • Tape
  • Index cards

Warm-Up and Connect

  • Break students into partner pairs and ask them to share their ideas about Japanese culture. What comes to mind when they hear those words? What do they know about Japanese culture?
  • Share student answers as a whole group, then discuss:
    • Where do cultural traditions come from? Do they evolve over time or do they come from one specific period?
  • Ask students to use specific examples in their answers. For example, what do they think of when you say 'American Culture?' Where do these images and ideas come from?
  • Tell students they will be learning about how Japanese Culture in the 9th and 10th centuries influenced the Japanese culture.

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