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World History

Title of lesson: Nationalism in Meiji Japan compared to Germany & Italy

HLTP: Appraising, choosing, and modifying tasks and texts for a specific learning goal

Length of lesson: 1 day

Context of Lesson: Students have just been introduced to the ideology of nationalism, and
how an ideology created the rise of the nation states of Germany and Italy. After comparing
how nationalism lead to the rise of these nation states in a western context, students will
now look at the rise of nationalism in a non western context through looking at the rise of
the nation state of Japan.

Overview: In this lesson, students will be exploring how nationalism lead to the rise of a
non-western nation state. Specifically, students will be looking at the non-western nation
state of Japan in order to determine how nationalism sparked political, social, and economic
change during the Meiji Japan era. Then, students will compare and contrast how
nationalism sparked change in a non-western state(Japan) to western states(Germany &

Central problem/ Essential question:

● How did nationalism in Meiji Japan spark political, social, and economic changes in
this country?
● How is the growth of countries in the West, like Germany and Italy, different than
non-western countries like Meiji Japan?


Students will know/be able to:

● Students will analyze the political, economic, and social transformations of

Meiji Japan(6.3.2), in order to compare and contrast the rise of this non-
western nation state to the western nation states of Germany and Italy(6.2.2).

● Original PowerPoint
● Meiji Japan PowerPoint
● Meiji Japan Guided Notes
● Nationalism Compare & Contrast Worksheet

Instructional Sequence:
1. Launch- 5 minutes: I will begin this lesson by proposing two questions to my
students about the objectives of the previous day’s lesson. 1. What is nationalism? 2.
How were Germany and Italy able to rise to power through the ideology of

2. Meiji Japan PowerPoint- 20-30 minutes: I will then pass out guided notes, and
give a powerpoint presentation on how Meiji Japan was able to rise through
nationalism. In my powerpoint, I will state my big idea, and explain to students that
we are now looking at the rise of nationalism through a non-western context.

3. Nationalism Compare & Contrast Worksheet- 20 minutes: Next, I will give

students a worksheet that allows for students to compare and contrast the rise of a
western state through nationalism to the rise of a non-western state through
nationalism. Students will have to provide social, political, and economic examples
of the rises of these nation states in order to see how nationalism can push for these
types of reforms in a country.

4. Conclusion 1-2 minutes: A. I will conclude this lesson by asking students whether
they found more similarities or differences in the rise of nationalism between
western and non western nation states. I will also ask students why they think those
rises were more similar or more different. Asking these questions will reiterate my
big idea. B. Lastly, I will tell students that if they did not finish the worksheet, that it
is homework.