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Samurai - Soldiers Through Time Unit Study 4

Updated on November 8, 2014

The Samurai Warrior is the topic of module four of the Soldiers Through Time unit study. This module begins following a samurai in his youth and follows him through his training to his oath (bushido). Activities join the information to add some fun to the learning as well as to encourage lessons in english, math, history, geography and art!

Module 4 - Samurai Warriors

In 15th century Japan there were bloody civil wars. The soldiers of this war were called Samurai. Samurai were elite Japanese warriors that were self-disciplined, honourable and brave. They fought in private armies led by the daimyo (local lords)

Did You Know?

Boys started studying to become a Samurai warrior at the age of 7!

Becoming a Samurai

Samurai students were taught reading, writing, martial arts and games of strategy. A sword master would teach fighting. Between the age of 12 and 18 they would test to become a Samurai, then they would change their name and start their duties.

Did You Know?

Samurai could not be left-handed because the sword was held in the right hand. Boys who were left-handed would have their arm tied behind their backs to stress using their right hand.

Samurai Armour and Weapons

A Samurai's armour was made up of small metal plates laced together to overlap. This made the armour like the scales of a fish. A Samurai would fight using bow and arrows, daggers, sword and spears.

Did You Know?

Swords were the Samurai's special weapons, they also carried two.

Bushido: Warrior Code of Conduct

There are eight virtues that a Samurai must follow: Gi, Yu, Jin, Rei, Makoto, Meryo and Chugo.

The Bushido also teaches that it is better to die bravely than live in disgrace.

Did You Know?

There were three ranks of Samurai - Daimyo, Hatamoto and Go-kenin.

Try it Yourself!

Find out more about the Samurai when you download the full unit study to supplement your lessons or as a lesson itself. Paired with fun activities, module 4 of the Soldiers Through Time unit study adds fun and learning to your lesson plan.

For the complete unit study message us through hedremp at yahoo dot ca

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @marigoldina: Well that is very cool - thanks for sharing that with me.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      Today is National Samurai Day here in Turin apparently. Random but interesting!