Ms. Dawson and Ms. Fox’s History Classes Are Making Paper Samurai


Trinity Babian

A wall covered in paper Samurai

In Ms. Dawson and Ms. Fox’s History classes, Impierial Japan has been the most recently studied topic. Students used materials around the room to make a life-size model of a samurai and armor to give students a hands-on experience to learn about the Samurai of that era in history, about 700 to 1850.
To start, students traced one of their group members on a large sheet of paper. Once they had finished, they assigned each member of the group a set of responsibilities. The Samurai had to include a helmet, mask, breastplate, shin guards, and kuzasuri, or skirt plates. It also had to include at least one traditional samurai weapon, whether that was a sword, spear, or bow and arrow. They also made accompanying first-person speech bubbles on the sections in the Samurai lesson.
The Samurai Project began because as Ms. Fox said, “We thought it would be a fun way for the students to learn about the Samurai and different parts of the armor…” The project took about a week in total to complete, and beforehand, students had to research the Samurai’s morals, code, training, and practices. From about the 700s to the mid-1800s, Samurai made up the warrior class of Japan, wearing complex armor suits and using finely forged weapons. They fought for individual Daiymos, but all pledged loyalty to the Shogun, or warlord. They were well-trained in fighting and personal discipline, but they also studied literature and surprisingly, etiquette in the tea ceremony. The Samurai and their speech bubbles

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