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Samurai Armor

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Cultures +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection invites students to consider samurai armor as both functional and expressive objects. The collection includes two informative videos, several examples of samurai armor, photographs, and quiz questions. It finishes with an optional extension activity to make and decorate an origami samurai helmet. This collection can be used independently by students.

Guiding questions to consider are:
1) Why does the material, design, and purpose of an item of clothing matter?
2) How did samurai use their armor to affirm their social status?
3) How did samurai armor evolve over time and reflect changes in Japanese culture?