This video describes how global communication has evolved throughout history, from the printing press to the internet.
This resource provides a lesson and applicable activites designed to assist students with becoming familiar with one form of Buddhist storytelling. Students will be able to explain what Jataka Tales are as well as understand their purpose. Students will also acquire and understanding of karma and samsara
This website offers scholarly research on archetypal heroes with accompanying presentations and links to videos.
In this lesson, students develop an understanding of how texts establish character, explore the concept of the hero and the heroic in a variety of texts, and work collaboratively to negotiate interpretations of texts.
In this lesson, students will be broken into different groups representing the Hindu caste system. Each group will be given and list of tasks and responsibilities to complete during the lesson in an effort to earn karma points. At the end of the lesson, there will be a rebirth ceremony where students will be moved into higher classes based on how many karma points they earned.
In this activity, students will identify themes and symbols from Dante's Inferno, and support their choices with details from the text. Dante’s Inferno is an especially rich text to examine because of its meticulously constructed allegory and its (frequently graphic) visual writing.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the role and contribution of the Indian forces on the Western Front. Students should recognise that the Indian forces made their contribution despite on-going prejudice and racism from British society.
This lesson on the Japanese tanka encourages students to explore the structure and content of the form and to arrive at a definition of the structure in English.
Lesson Three seeks to clarify their understanding by taking a close look at one of the oldest and most fundamental of American valuesâ€”private property rights. In examining the privileges and limitations of owning a house, as contrasted, for example, to owning a beautiful stream or a potentially danÂgerous weapon, students investigate how rules, customs, and laws define ownership. (See the link to the activities at the bottom of the page.)
Students investigate the institutional parameters of competition for water by studying the formal definitions of water rights in American history as the law evolved to accommodate changing wants and needs. Using real-world examples, they consider how different legal structures affect the ability of citizens to resolve disputes amicably, and they learn how government can play a role in promoting mutually beneficial resolutions of environmental disputes.
This activity identifies major technological changes and their influence on society and shows how everyday behavior is linked to macro-level social change.
In this lesson, students gain an introduction to Buddhist teachings about moral behavior by exploring a depiction of the Buddha and by writing a speech inspired by their interpretation of the Noble Eightfold Path. In their speeches, students outline a code of behavior for their fellow classmates.
In this lesson students explore both the passion that inspired Picasso to take political action and the thought process behind the work. Students will reflect on their own decision making process when they feel compelled to take public action. This lesson will lead students to investigate the following Life-Long Learning Question: How does passion inspire public action?
This resource provides a lesson and two activities focusing on study of the Ramayana. Students will examine characteristics of heroes and villians as exhibited in the text. Students will also spend time focusing on the concept of dharma, or morality. Students will exmaine concepts of morality in the text as well as within their own lives.
This resource provides activities pertaining to a focused reading of the Ramayana. After reading the epic, this activity provides learners with the task of identifying elements of the epic hero cycle.
This lesson will help teachers and students to investigate Edo Period Japan through the window provided by these images of the landscape, life, and interests of the rising townspeople. Students will use the famous woodblock prints of artists such as Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Hokusai (1760-1849) as primary documents to help them gain insight on Japanese history.