Asian History Teacher Resources
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Angkor What? Angkor Wat!
Students investigate one of the largest religious structures in the world, Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia. The temple's place in Southeast Asian history, its history and the migration of ideas of both Hinduism and Buddhism is examined in this lesson.
An Advanced Placement English Study of Lost Names; Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
Twelfth graders examine Korean history and culture. In this Asian history instructional activity, 12th graders discuss the effects of the Japanese occupation of Korea. They research literature from the time period and compose written responses based on the experience of having their whole cultural identities stripped away suddenly, as in the case of the Koreans. They create another essay response based on the events of the period.
Students investigate the determination of the boundaries of various countries. They work in small groups to research a country's political history and past boundary issues and territorial disputes.
The Tale of Genji
Did you know that the world's first novel was written by a woman? Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, was published in 1021. Class members research Eastern and Western cultures in the 10th and 11th centuries, view modern adaptations of this classic of Japanese literature, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation in which they compare a classic western novel to Murasaki Shikibu's story.
The Spread of Buddhism in East Asia: Korea as a Land Bridge
Students study the spread of Buddhism. For this Buddhism lesson, students examine articles explaining the spread of the religion to different areas in East Asia. Students compare and contrast the spread of Buddhism to other religions and write essays using their findings.
Christianity in Korea
Students explore the Christian population in Korea. In this religion instructional activity, students read about the history of Christianity in Korea. Students analyze the reasons behind the growth of Christianity in Korea.
Modern Korean/Japanese Geopolitical Conflicts
Students explore the concept of geopolitical conflicts. In this Korean and Japanese relations lesson, students investigate the history of conflict between the nations. Students compose essays using their findings.
South Korean Women at the Turn of the Century, with a Focus on the Modernity
Students consider the role of women in South Korea. In this global studies lesson, students examine articles and interviews regarding women and educational achievement. Students discuss women's issues in South Korea and compare them to women's issues in the United States.
A Geography Lesson
Fewer and fewer people have a strong grasp of world geography, but this activity helps students understand geopolitics by creating their own original historical map. The activity requires selecting a country from the list provided, conducting research from designated sources, and depicting an event, relationship, geopolitical circumstance, or economic-based concept in an original map. The map is the final assessment, however no rubric is provided. While the lesson calls for two class periods, students may benefit from additional time.
The Two Koreas: Will They Ever Reunite?
High schoolers examine the possibility of reunifying Korea. In this Korean history instructional activity, students investigate the events that led to the creation of North and South Korea. High schoolers compose position papers that feature the topic of Korean reunification.
Asian American History for 6th and 8th Grade
Students discover the history of Asian Americans by reading personal stories. In this Asian history instructional activity, students utilize the Internet to read personal stories and experiences of Asian men and woman in the U.S. Students read individual biographies of Asian Americans and create their own fictional journal entries in the same style.
Mongolian Women: Then and Now
Students consider the contributions of Mongolian women to society. For this women's studies lesson, students analyze the contributions of Mongolian women to society in the past and today.
Who Are The Afghans?
High schoolers explain the basic historical and geographical facts about the Afghan region, and identify themes in the history of Afghanistan from the sixth century B.C. to the present.
America and the Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1933-1939
Students examine the U.S. stance regarding the Sino-Japanese conflict. In this diplomacy lesson plan, students analyze the sanctions employed by United States on Japan when they took over Manchuria. Students determine how actions by the United States may have contributed to ill feelings and ultimately led to the Pearl Harbor attack. Students respond to essay questions following their research.
Music Along the Silk Road (Primary Sources for the Ear)
Students explore the music of the Silk Road. In this Asian history lesson, students create a Powerpoint presentation featuring musical diffusion.
Tropical Africa and Asia: 1200-1500
China, India, and Africa are all players in the trade, culture, conflict, and politics that marked a 300 year period in tropical Afro-Asian history. This comprehensive presentation covers environment, economics, religion, and the effects of Islamic conflict occurring from 1200-1500 AD. Cultural effects of these interactions are also covered.
Seventh graders explore how culture is reflected through art. After researching the art of a specific culture, 7th graders create replicas of art objects that reflect the ideals, values, and history of the culture.
Students examine British Black History. In this current events activity, students visit selected websites to research the history of Blacks in Great Britain. Several activity enhancement ideas are included.
Changing Boundaries In Pre-colonial Asia To The Present
Young scholars use a wide variety of maps, satellite photos, and texts to explain and visualize the evolution of physical and political boundaries. They compare and contrast boundaries from different time periods.
Pupils study South Asia. They complete various activities including answering questions following lectures, researching current events articles, viewing videos of Gandhi, South India, Pakistan, and Nepal. They select activities including constructing maps, preparing menus, and creating Power Point presentations.