Cairo: Living Past, Living Future
An interactive web unit designed specifically with K-12 students and educators in mind. This unit will allow you to explore this history, culture, society, geography, and environment of this fascinating city that sits at the crossroads between ancient and modern, east and west, tradition and innovation.
Egypt: A Land of Firsts This five-part lesson about Egypt is designed to help young students
explore the similarities between themselves and the other humans who
inhabit our planet. Each lesson includes background information for the teacher, suggested
activities, worksheets, audiovisuals, etc. A bibliography and resource
list is enclosed.
A History of the Jews of Turkey(PDF, 300 kb) An
AP-style document-based question (DBQ) unit for world history
classrooms that examines the history of Sephardic Jews from their
expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the establishment of the Republic of
Turkey in the 20th century. The map contained in document 5 may be downloaded separately for higher resolution viewing.
Middle East Slide Packets
Originally published in the mid-1980s, this collection of images and articles about different cultural and social topics has been out of print for over a decade. Now they are available again for use in classrooms! Units include Middle Eastern Families and Middle Eastern Food: Production and Distribution.
Turkey and Cyprus: East and West
A collection of curriculum units designed as a capstone for the 2004 Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad "East and West: Turkey and Cyprus in the 21st Century." Topics range from Greco-Roman art to conflict resolution activities designed around the Cyprus conflict.
A collection of curriculum units designed as a capstone for the 2004 Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad in Bulgaria. Topics range from art and culture to economics.
Introduction to Central Asia: Lesson Plans for 6th Graders (PDF, 11 MB) This unit contains three lesson plans intended to introduce middle school students to the region of Central Asia. The countries which define the region of Central Asia include: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Each lesson is designed to broaden students' understanding and appreciation of Central Asia through topics broadly related to geography, social studies and culture. Lessons begin with the understanding that in order to best understand another region, country or society, it is important to first understand your own.
The Life and Times of Dmitri Shostakovich (PDF, 6.1 MB) The activities in this lesson are intended to help students understand the life and music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Students will gain an appreciation for music as both a controversial form of human expression and as a response to pressing social issues.
The Russian Orthodox Church: History and Influence (PDF, 4.3 MB) In exploring the vast land of Russia, it is especially vital that
students develop an understanding of the influence of the Russian
Orthodox Church on the history and culture of the Russian peoples. The
goals of this unit are: to introduce students to the history and
beliefs of the Russian Orthodox Church; encourage students to
understand religious similarities and differences; familiarize students
with the geography and culture of the Russian Federation; encourage
students to compare Russia and the United States.
Where East Meets West: An Introduction to the Caucasus and the BTC Oil Pipeline (PDF, 1.1 MB) The activities in this unit are intended to introduce students to the geopolitical issues that surround a highly debated infrastructure project: the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. In studying the BTC pipeline, students will: 1) work collaboratively to learn more about the Caucasus and the BTC pipeline through Internet-based research; 2) explore the varied geopolitical issues which the construction of the pipeline has created; 3) view a documentary film about the BTC pipeline which explores both its global and local impact; 4) thoughtfully and critically examine the interests that various stakeholders have in the BTC pipeline; and 5) defend the interests of a particular interest group in a conflict-resolution activity.
Browse the catalogue of SAI's three cultural trunks—on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Tibetan Buddhism—each containing a collection of objects, projects and curriculum materials suitable for use in K-12 classrooms.
Partition in the Classroom
This comprehensive curriculum unit provides a lens into the complexity of the 1947 Partition of India and serves as a case study for teaching migration in diverse classrooms. The unit requires students to synthesize information from primary and secondary sources (oral histories, speeches, maps, graphs, short stories, films) and create interpretive materials (skits, debates, comics, stories) for understanding the history and geography of Partition. High School Level—Social Studies, World History, World Geography
Holi, the festival of colors
Middle-school students can learn about the mythology and cultural practices one of India’s most widely celebrated festivals, Holi. The lesson is activity-based and meant to visually and textually introduce middle-school aged students to the colorful festival of Holi as it is celebrated across various parts of India. Although rooted mainly in Hindu religious mythology, its enthusiastic adoption across various religious sects attests to its popularity as a community event. The lesson encourages students to understand some of India’s cultural practices (namely the celebration of festivals and holidays) as very similar to their own, while still appreciating the ways in which they may differ. Middle School Level—Social Studies, World Cultures
Photography in India
This modifiable unit teaches students how to use photographs as primary documents, while also examining the history and technology of early photography in India. The hands-on activities help students to develop analytical skills using primary sources while also encouraging the study of images as a way for students to understand history, geography and society of India. Through the examination of 19th century photographs students are encouraged to understand colonialism in India and how images were used as part of the imperial project. High School Level (with modifications for Middle School)—Social
Studies, World History, Art/Art History, World Geography, Literature
and Language Arts, World Cultures
Hemispheres is a consortium of the Center for European Studies; the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; and the South Asia Institute in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.