Resources: K-12: Curriculum: Lesson Plans


Geography & Environment lesson plan

Water: A Key to Understanding India

From the site: "To understand India it is important to understand its dependence on water. The monsoon rains are always associated with South Asia although they are a world-wide phenomenon. However, it is important to remember that New Delhi, the capital of India, gets the same annual rainfall as New York City. The issue is not the amount of rain but the distribution of rainfall annually. Whereas New York gets fairly equal rainfall, allowing for normal activities throughout the year, India 's rainfall is largely during three months of the year, skewing all events and activities to gravitate around the rains. If the monsoons do not arrive in India, the nation mourns for the entire year; if the monsoon is too heavy, floods and crop loss mark the following year. Just as the success or failure of agriculture is dependent upon the monsoons, the culture of South Asia is dependent upon the rains."


History lesson plans

Summer Teacher Institute

SAC presents a history lesson plan tailored toward the teaching of Ibn Battuta and Islamic history, especially as it relates to South Asia.

Partition in the Classroom

Produced through the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas-Austin, this lesson plan tackles complex issues of Partition in a way that fits easily into the classroom.

Women in the Independence Movement, Salt Protests of 1930

Another project of the University of Texas-Austin, the summary reads: "The activities and materials are designed to address the following questions: What were the experiences of women in the Indian Salt Protests of 1930? What effects did women’s participation have on the Indian movement for independence? How do different individuals remember and understand the role of women in the Salt March and the larger independence movement? How can primary source documents provide students additional perspectives on this historical event?"

 "India in the World; The World in India, 1470-1770"

An article both about India's place in the world and the hazy definition of Indian identity, where many people of many languages and faiths gather in the same national borders.


Politics lesson plans


Traces the rise of India's economy partly through outsourcing from other countries due to the nation's comparatively cheaper labor, and how this has brought India swiftly into the global market.

Coca Cola vs. People of India

A lesson plan on how the production of Coca Cola in India has negatively impacted the water supply in that country while also provided jobs for many Indians.


Art, Culture & Literature lesson plans


Indus Valley Civilization

The history of culture in the region of modern day India and Pakistan, this site collects information from prehistory to 1947.

Art Institute of Chicago lesson plans

With a rich collection of art and sculpture from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, these lesson plans help instructors across all grades build lessons into their museum visit.

Holi, Festival of Colors

From the University of Texas, this lesson plan "is to expose students to some of the history, mythology and cultural practices of India by learning about one of India's most widely celebrated festivals, Holi." The lesson plan helps students compare and contrast Holi with traditional western holidays.

Puppetry in South India

Shadow puppetry ties into oral history traditions in India, and this lesson plan gives students a rich background in understanding the cultural importance of the art form.

Arabian Nights along with supplemental materials

Perhaps the most famous tale from the Arabic world, this goes into the oral tradition stories that eventually comprised the book, as well as providing the whole text and fitting it into wider studies on Persian culture, whose reach extended into modern day pakistan