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    The World of a Samurai Warrior: Yoshitsune

    Over the coming weeks, you will immerse yourself in the world of the Japanese Samurai. When this unit is complete, you will have completed a research paper that follows the steps you have used for other research projects AND you will have created an artifact that will appear in a public display in the Media Center.

    Every culture has its heroes, and in Japan one of the most revered of these heroes is Yoshitsune. 




    Ø  To familiarize yourself with Yoshitsune, complete the following background reading and viewing:

    1.     Read the article The Legend of Yoshitsune Minamoto at http://thekyotoproject.org/?s=yoshitsune

    2.     Explore the images and videos at Yoshitsune’s World: http://www.pamelasturner.com/resources/yoshitsune_world.html

    3.     Watch the book trailer for Samurai Rising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP5e35G8WlM


    Use the following list to determine what TOPIC you would like to know more about:

    §  Japanese Arms and Armor

    §  Bushido – “The Way of the Warrior” – Samurai honor code

    §  Noh and Kabuki (Theater)

    §  Art of the Momoyama Period

    §  The Kimono as Traditional Dress

    §  The Japanese Tea Ceremony

    §  Other (must be approved by both your teacher and Ms Risi)


    Ø  Once you know what you want to research, you will develop create a Research Question.

       Use these documents to develop your Open-Ended Research Question:
    Search for source material, and enter bibliographic data into Noodle Tools

    Ø  Take notes that answer and apply to your research question in Noodle Tools.

    Ø  Create an outline:

    a.     Turn your research question into a statement. This is your THESIS. Place the thesis in the first box of your outline AND in Noodle Tools.

    b.     Answer the research question as many ways as you can. Each answer represents a topic sentence that introduces a new paragraph; therefore, each question should be the first sentence in a new box.

    c.      Add information from your notes, being sure to mark each piece with a notation that will remind you to add a set-up phrase and a citation later. Explain each piece of information you add as well as you can in your own words!


    Ø  Write a draft of the paper. At this point, add all set-up phrases (See Templates for Introducing Quotations and Paraphrases, attached) and citations, transferring the data properly from Noodle Tools into the paper.


    Ø  Read the paper for sense and fluency. This is a place where you might consider adding transitions (See list, attached), as well as thinking about whether everything you say is properly sequenced.


    Ø   Read the paper again—this time proofreading for grammar and mechanics, and add Works Cited using the generator Noodle Tools provides.



    Final Thoughts…And an Artifact?

    This is your chance to shine as the creative force you are! Think out of the box, but your artifact should be reflective of your research. This means that it may be formal—Power Point or Prezi, for example—but it may also be a “thing” that you make (Think Maker Space!) or a presentation of some sort. Artifacts and their creators will be grouped by topic, not class, so the competition will be fierce…and there will be plenty of people around to ask questions, so prepare to be an expert!