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Teaching Resources

Ancient Indus Civilization.1,144 illustrated pages by leading scholars of ancient India and Pakistan and the ancient Indus Valley Civilization - including the very latest discoveries. See also Teach Indus!which has a variety of teachign resources developed by UK educators.

AskAsia: a K-12 educational web site that is part of an information clearinghouse of the Asia Society's Asian Educational Resource Center.

Education About Asia: a new biannual journal that is a resource for school teachers and college and university instructors, providing information on Asia for classroom use.

Educational and Multimedia Resources for teaching about India
Resources compiled by UVA librarian, Philip McEldowney: 1)Videos and film. Planning for effective use of multimedia in classes. Commerical films and DVDs, documentaries. 2) Internet sites and databases. General South Asia Resources. Social studies. Politics.

Epics of Ancient India. Resources for teaching the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Explorations for Kids. Himalayan art is good at telling stories. Like Aesop's fables, many of these Buddhist stories contain lessons about leading a good life, focusing on the importance of kindness, generosity and compassion.

Exploring South Asia in the Classroom. University of Wisconsin's South Asia Outreach program has posted K-12 lesson plans as well as additional useful information on ancient civilizations, South Asian clothing, countries, languages, religions, a timeline, a list of web resources,and powerpoint presentations (on the Buddha, Gandhi, Kolam art work, Microfinancing, Nonviolence, Silk Weaving, Streets and Shopping, Temples, Transportation, Trash, Women's Employment).

Outreach World, a comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the precollegiate classroom.This site has menus to search their database of classroom resources by global region, discipline, field, grade level, and time period.

Rajasthani puppets. Information about rajasthanti puppets,puppet performances and information on how to make the puppets.

The Ramayana, pictorial versions and references and classroom materials collected from the institute, "The Ramayana, an Enduring Tradition: its Text and Context" in 1997 and an earlier Ramayana Institute in 1994, as well as updates from The South Asia Center at Syracuse University.

Seattle Art Museum's Teaching Resource Center

How Does Art Tell Stories? is also by the Seattle Art Museum, uses images of Buddha, Vishnu, and Ganesh to teach about Buddhism and Hinduism.

South Asia Educational Resources collected by the University of Pensylavania's South Asia Center. Includes links to information on Art, Afghanistan, Education, Gandhi, Geography, India, Indian villages, Indus Valley Civilization, Literature and languages, Marriage, Religions, and women's rights.

Teach India Project provides teachers and parents with repository of lessons for the K-12 grades about India. This site includes book lists, activities for children and lesson plans on Republic Day, Indian animals, Mahatma Gandhi, monsoons, yoga, family life, and cricket.

TES India features more than 500,00 free worksheets, activities and lesson plans related to South Asia and Indian Culture.

The Tibetan & Himalayan Digitial Library

The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library is an international community using Web-based technologies to integrate diverse knowledge about Tibet and the Himalayas for free access from around the world.

South Asia Center Teaching Resources:

  • A South Asia Curriculum: Teaching about India (Level: Secondary)

This comprehensive curriculum guide includes over 40 lessons organized into five themes and ATOMIC! a role-play simulation for the entire class.

  • Spotlight on the "Ramayana" (Level: Secondary)

Ramayana, the 2500 year-old epic thyat helped to define Indian values and life serves as the lens to explore the subcontinent. Interdisciplinary activities, readings, and materials developed for teachers by teachers.

  • The Aditi Kit:

The Teachers' Manuals offer graded lesson plans for grades 2-12 in five units: Aditi-the Living Arts of India, Fairs and Festivals, Puppets, plays and pageants, the Mughal Court and Gamers from Indian Streets and Playgrounds. Materials include a videotape of the artists from the 1985 "Aditi" exhibition at the Smithsonian, audiotapes of Indian music, puppets, books, Mughal prints, and small musical instruments.

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