Year 8 unpack the end of Shogunate and Meiji Restoration

Mr Sassine and Year 8 have been looking at Japanese History and how the Meiji Restoration, in Japanese history, the political revolution in 1868 brought about the final demise of the Tokugawa shogunate (military government. Year 8 have looked at how this has affected cultural elements, religious domains and political relationships within Japan and the rest of the world.

In particular, Year 8 were asked to reflect on this by comparing the Japanese Government before and after the Meiji Restoration. They were asked to present their ideas using both a VENN diagram that asked them to look at the similarities and differences. They then had to present and sell their ideas through the concept of TEXTA talk and SOLE. Both strategies have essentially allowed Year 8 to became the drivers of their learning and has resulted in more meaningful learning.

The results were impressive and allowed Year 8 to:

  • Think critically about the information and come up with innovative ways to present their content rather than just read through the content
  • Communicate with their peers and ensure each member had a role to play and in turn helped them to develop their collaborative skills
  • Challenge each other and assess how language is an important tool used to inform past and future decisions

Most importantly, the activity allowed students to understand that learning from one another is a powerful tool and helps to further develop our ideas.