Into Which Caste Have You Been Cast?: India's Caste System

What was it like to fit into a certain class with no choice in the matter? Learners experience the caste system in a role-play activity, work individually on handouts to enhance their learning, and participate in an evaluation activity by writing essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show a short video to explain the caste system before beginning with the plan
  • Differentiate for English learners by highlighting important terms and phrases on the handouts
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires instructors to print and distribute five unique handouts
  • Be aware of possible social conflicts that may arise due to the hierarchy in the game
  • The role-play activity puts scholars in others' shoes and helps them to understand the experiences of people within the caste system
  • Provides a variety of useful handouts
  • None
Common Core