Global Citizens

Manga with Japanese Students
Subject: Asian Art - Manga
Grade Level: 6-8

Global citizenship will be introduced and the students will use to form a relationship with Japanese students as a way to form a collaborative learning experience about Manga.

Art and Humanities 9.3.5
Compare similar and contrasting important aspects of works in the arts and humanities based on a set of guidelines using a comprehensive vocabulary of critical response.

Historical and Cultural Context 9.3.8
Identify, explain and analyze philosophical beliefs as they relate to works in the arts (e.g., classical architecture, rock music, Native American dance, contemporary American musical theatre).
J. Identify, explain and analyze historical and cultural differences as they relate to works in the arts (e.g., PLAYS BY Shakespeare, works by Michelangelo, ethnic dance and music).
K. Identify, explain and analyze traditions as they relate to works in the arts (e.g., story telling – plays, oral histories- poetry, work songs- blue grass).

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. Understand and use technology systems.
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. Troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Students will explore the fundaments of being a Global Citizen
Promote cross-cultural collaborations with fellow students from Japan
Students will share different ideas about Manga and how it is a part of the culture in the United States and Japan

Computer with Internet access (computer lab or laptops)

  • Check with IT department
  • Create Username and passwords for students
  • Set up student controls

  • Introduce ePals and how it works to the students
  • Have students think about ways they could utilize the program and record the ideas
  • Have students format questions they would like to ask students about Manga from Japan
  • Explain to the students the class will be inviting another classroom in Japan to communicate with us about Manga.
  • As a whole class, create a general statement/question to post on ePals to invite a classroom to be “pen pals”

  • On the projector, hook to a laptop open up
  • As a whole class, show the students the different features of the website
  • Each student should set up an account
  • Let the students explore the different features of ePals (SchoolMail, create a profile, map search, SchoolBlog, etc.)

  • Once the students have a developed a relationship with students from Japan, begin discussing ePal projects the class could do together that explores the idea of the eastern and western influence on animation.
  • For example, the students could create a manga together and the student from Japan could translate the text into Japanese – the Japanese student could create a Grapic Novel and our students could translate the text to English
  • Students should fill out 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

Each student will fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

  • 3 things they learned about manga from our ePALs partners
  • 2 ways you will use the information in the future
  • 1 question you still have about collaborating with students globally

This lesson is heavily dependent on the internet be available to the students. If it is not available, the lesson may not be successful.

  • The lesson can easily be done individually, letting the students form one-on-one relationships.
  • Students should follow the sign up procedures listed above and post a inquiry on Classroom Match.
  • Student should have created a project to do with the other student from Japan. Teacher should approve each project
  • Use 3-2-1 Review Worksheet to allow the students to self-evaluate the manga

  • If the Internet is unavailable, the students could create a 3 – 4 frame manga and use a Japanese translator to translate their manga
  • Using the character the student develop for the manga unit, student should create a manga story
  • Once the story is created, the student should translate the text into Japanese
  • If the student would like, the could practice making the Japanese characters
  • Use 3-2-1 Review Worksheet to allow the students to self-evaluate the manga