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Ceremonies: A Tale of Sister Cities

The following Table of Contents will help you to select the appropriate lessons for your students depending on grade level and content.

  1. Visiting CDEA’s Ceremonies: A Tale of Sister Cities exhibit
    This lesson is intended to be implemented in conjunction with viewing the Ceremonies: A Tale of Sister Cities exhibit. Students will explore the sister city of Matsumoto, Japan and its relationship with Salt Lake City.
  2. Exhibit Walk Through (Elementary)
    Students will answer questions based upon the panels as they visit the exhibit.
  3. Exhibit Walk Through (Secondary)
    Students will answer questions based upon the panels as they visit the exhibit.
  4. Exhibit Walk Through Writing Prompts
    Students will use writing prompts before and after visiting the exhibit.

  1. Introducing Japan
    Students will gain a perspective of the physical and human characteristics of Japan. Teachers can adapt this lesson to more specifically focus on any physical or human characteristic more deeply depending on the time they have.
  2. A Glimpse at Japanese Society
    Who? What? Why?
    Students will examine cultural characteristics influencing different aspects of Japanese society.
  3. Who are the Japanese?
    When and why did they come to the United States and Utah?
    Students will learn about the role of the Japanese in the United States and Utah. Students will learn about the migration of Japanese to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  4. Once Upon A Castle
    Students will learn about the castles in Japan, how and why they were built, and in particular, the history of Matsumoto Castle.
  5. Who’s In Charge?
    Students will compare and contrast the governments of Japan and the United States.
  6. Kanji, Kanji
    Students will learn and experience some of the Japanese writing systems in comparison to writing in English.
  7. School Daze
    Students will learn about the difference between Japanese schools and their own experiences in school.
  8. Haiku
    Students will be introduced to the Japanese poetry form known as haiku and experiment with writing some haiku themselves.
  9. Poke What?
    Students will examine cultural characteristics of Japan.
  10. Promoting Peace
    Students will examine the consequences of Hiroshima.
    Students will understand how individuals can influence and participate in their community.
  11. Understanding the Role of Citizenship
    Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic competence which includes ways they can participate in activities of civic life.
  12. Development of Cultural Understanding
    Students will understand how Utah’s history has been shaped by many diverse people, events, and ideas.
  13. Understanding Global Issues
    Students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world.


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