Rama and the Ramayana: Lessons in Dharma
Students recognize how the Ramayana is a model for dharma. They appreciate the importance of Rama and Sita as role models for Indians and understand the central importance of dharma in Indian life
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Epic Story Scrolls
Discover one of the best known Asian epics in the Hindu story of Ramayana. Your class members will analyze scenes from the epic scroll, learn about creative methods of narration used in Asian art, and design a scroll illustrating key...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Dharma and Duty
Trying to comprehend the values and beliefs of different cultures can be a challenge, especially when there are no words that adequately translate a concept into English. Dharam is such a word and such a concept. To gain insight into one...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What can a Ganesh statue, hand ornament, and print block tell you about India? Introduce your learners to the geography, history, and culture of India by analyzing primary sources and using the well-designed worksheets provided in this...
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Stories Then and Now: Gods, Heroes, and Avatars
Argh! Flash Gordon, Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, Valmiki's The Ramayana. Stories of heroes and villains fascinate. And although the tales are reinterpreted over time, and as they...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Lessons of the Indian Epics: Following the Dharma
Students examine how the epic poem, "Ramayana" teaches dharma, one of Hinduism's most important tenets. They read the abridged version of the "Ramayana," identify the main plot points, complete a chart, and write an essay on a moral...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Log in or sign up to save resources Epic Literature - The Ramayana (Story of Rama)
The story of Rama and Sita is one of the best-loved and most retold stories from the Ramayana. Learners in grades one through eight learn about heroes, anti-heroes, and Indian literature by reading story cards that summarize the story...
K - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Ramayana: Showing your Dharma
Students identify characters and events from the Ramayana. They discuss ways in whcih the images convey non-verbal information and messages. They discuss similarities and differences in the visual and verbal tellings of the Ramayana.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Making Indonesian Rod Puppets
Learn about the Indonesian tradition of wayang golek, or puppet theater. Storytelling is brought to life when the class explores the Ramayana and the ancient art of puppetry. The lesson plan begins with a discussion of the tradition and...
1st - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Good and evil? Dynamic Opposites in the Story of Rama
According to traditional Balinese beliefs, good and evil must both exist for the world to remain in balance. The concept of dynamic opposites as it is portrayed in literature is explored. Learners will use the model of good vs. evil...
K - 8th Social Studies & History