India & China Teacher's Guide

May 6, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Abeja - Lost in Bombay

The team arrives in the city of Mumbai (Bombay), India. They describe the experience, giving descriptions of the many people on the streets.

Bombay is a very important world city, and as Abeja mentioned, a city of superlatives. Ask your students to do some reasearch in the Internet and write a short two to three paragraph report on the city of Bombay, building on some of the facts Abeja mentions in her dispatch. The class could then share their reports with each other.

Andrew - The Things We Do for Love - The Story Behind the Taj Mahal
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Andrew visits the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. He gives the history of the Taj as well as his own observations about the future of the world's most famous mausoleum.

This monument is perhaps one of the most famous in the world. Do your students recognize it? How do they think it compare with the many other shrines, monuments, churches and mosques that the trekkers have come across in their travels? Do they see a similarity to the shrines of Iran and Turkey? If so, why might this be?

Brian - Beginnings and Endings
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Brian leaves the trek and returns to New York. The rest of the team travels on in India. Brian looks back on his journey, and the new ways of educating that the Internet provides. He also mentions the difficulty the team had in leaving Iran.

What do you and your students think about Brian's observation that the worldtrek represents "a new and powerful form of education" (meaning education via the Internet)? Do you agree or disagree? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Jasmine - Indiana Jazz and the Temple of Doom . . . or Not
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The team enters India through the country's most important port city, Mumbai. The team takes an adventure tour of sorts to Elephanta, one of Mumbai's most famous islands, known for its temple shrine to the Hindu god Shiva. Discusses Elephanta, Mumbai, Gateway to India and the Trimurti.

Ask your students to follow the links at the end of Jasmines dispatch. What new facts did they learn about Shiva the destroyer god and Elephanta Island?

Kavitha - Delhi -- The City I Love to Hate
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The team arrives in New Delhi and visits Old Delhi's Red Fort where they find a peaceful break from the noise and crowds outside.

Ask your students to compare Kavitha's dispatch with Abeja's. They are both profiles of India's two most prominent and bustling cities. What do their descriptions have in common? Are they different? Ask them to research both of these cities on the Internet. What similarities and differences came up during their research?

Monica - The Eternal Light Shines Brightly: Amar Jyoti, a School for the Differently-abled

The team is in New Delhi, India and visits Amar Jyoti Rehabilitation and Research Center, an NGO specializing in providing integrated care and education for disabled children.

Monica's Sidebar: What can you do in your own community to work with people with disabilities? Your school probably has a teacher who works with developmentally disabled students. Ask him or her what you can do to help out, either after school, or helping tutor classmates one-on-one. Alternatively, go out into your community: perhaps a group like Big Brother/Big Sister can introduce you to a friend to hang out with. I bet you'll both benefit from your friendship.

Special Olympics competitions are held every year all over the world. To volunteer look up this web site:

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