Optional Japan Paragraph Assignment
when most people think of Japanese history, they think of the samurai,
and those warriors were around for a long time as part of Japanese
society. Pictured here are some samurai sword (katana) examples from the
Tokyo Sword Museum. Making the sword was a very involved and expensive process, beginning with the
jewel-quality steel which took days to make in a special hearth. The
sword is actually a blend of two kinds of carbon steel which required
days of work by a swordsmith to hammer it into shape, removing
impurities in the process. Then the blade had to be curved,
polished and decorated. You can still buy them. Photo
Read the decrees on the
Seclusion of Japan (along with the document background information
and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the decrees on the Seclusion of Japan (not from the textbook), explain some of the key points and rationale behind the exclusionary decrees?
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional Japan Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.
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