Adult Ed
Exploring the Soul of India

OverviewActivities

Overview:

At the heart of every human experience is the crisis of identity. As a nation, India has contemplated this crisis throughout time but now she finds herself confronting the issue on a global scale. This lesson will use the Wide Angle Web site to explore the history and context of the issues facing modern India. Tenets and practices that bridge the gaps established in religion will be explored.

Subject Matter

  • World history, religion

Learning objectives:

Students will be able to:
  • Conduct independent research on the conflicts of Modern India using the Wide Angle Web site as a research tool
  • Compare the socio-political challenges of modern India to those of pre-20th century India

Standards

Social Studies Standard 2 (World History)
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/socstands/soc22.html
Students will a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.
Students will analyze the roles and contributions of individuals and groups to social, political, economic, cultural and religious practices and activities.

Materials:

Media Components

Wide Angle Web site
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/shows/india/
Companion Web site for the broadcast program

Major Religions of the World
http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html
A catalogue of statistical information concerning world religions compiled using governmental data Handouts

Prep for Teachers

  • Bookmark site/pages
  • Photocopy all handouts




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