Duration: Multiple activities are provided depending on which activities you choose the lesson may be one 45-minute session to three 45-minute sessions. (The group activity will take one session.)
Goal: Students will understand the political situation in North Korea and how it affects the world.
Objectives: Students will be able to locate North Korea on a map, discuss the political situation in North Korea, understand the Korean War, compare and contrast North Korea and the United States, and identify examples of isolationism. In the group activity students will analyze North Korean facts and hypothesize different scenarios based on textual evidence.
Essential Question: How does North Korea’s actions affect the world?
Key Ideas and Details
Craft and Structure
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
The Kim Jong-un and North Korea PowerPoint contains multiple resources and activities so you can pick and choose according to your class, which items would be most appropriate. Depending on your choices, you can complete the lesson in one session to three sessions.
Pre-work for Session One:
Session One: (Where is North Korea? Basic facts, Cult of Personality)
Pre-work for Session Two:
Session Two: (North Korea’s Aggressive Acts, Korean War)
Pre-work for Session Three:
Session Three: (Reading primary sources about whether should Japan have nuclear weapons and then hypothesizing what North Korea’s reaction would be.)
Non-tech: paper, poster board, colored pens and/or pencils for map assignment.
Teacher needs to have computer access to Internet.
Links are provided on the PowerPoint if students have access.
If students do not have access, teacher will need to make paper copies of the map slide.
Armistice—when both sides agree to stop fighting, however, North Korea and South Korea are still officially at war.
Cult of Personality— “A cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. Cults of personality are usually associated with dictatorships.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_personality
DMZ—Demilitarized Zone- a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea filled with over a million landmines.
Human Rights Violation—some examples of human right violations are torture, being enslaved, not given a fair trial.
Isolationism—removing one’s country from international affairs.
Juche—stresses national self-reliance, extreme isolation, and racial purity.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation—stopping the spread of nuclear weapons
Additional Reference Links:
Links: Columbia University’s Asia for Educators site for more information and lesson plans about Korea’s past and present and other Asian countries. Free classes are offered to teachers in certain states.
“NOT” suitable for middle school students but an EXCELLENT novel is The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.
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