India & China Teacher's Guide

May 13, 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 - Getting MAD about the Narmada River

This Making a Difference tells students where to get more information on the Narmada River issue, as well as other issues concerning big dam building. It also gives addresses and ideas for sending letters to the politicians involved in the decision-making regarding the Narmada River dams.

People like visual aids and figures, statistics and data. Assign the class the task of recreating the effects of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in their area. Using their school as the center, ask the class to create a model (much in the vein of the classic "volcanoes" of science fairs), illustrating how many homes, businesses, and lives would be disrupted and/or dislocated as a result of such a project and ask them how would they react to such a mandate? This can be 3-D model, a film (using computer graphics, desktop publishing software, etc.), or a dramatic reenactment, for example. Then ask them to consider how they would express that reaction given the limitations on public protest that they've learned exist in this part of the world?

Abeja - Journey along the Narmada River

The team continues its journey along the Narmada River with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, to the small town of Hapeshwar, which contains a Hindu temple to the goddess Narmada. From there, the trip continues up the river to the Adivasi village of Dhomkhedi. Subjects include Hinduism, the goddess Narmada, the Sardar Sarovar Dam, and siltation.

Ask the class how Hinduism and the relationship between the Goddess Narmada and the damming of the river of the same name bears on the impact of the submbersion of the River? Are there any places in the area you live in that have enormous religious significance to you? Discuss either in a paper/or as a class discussion or essay, how your community/region/country adjusts or does not adjust it's policies to respect them.

Andrew - Hot Time in the Old City

Andrew visits Jaipur, the Pink City. This dispatch includes descriptions of the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, as well as observations about rickshaw rides in Jaipur.

Have your students ever been in weather that was very extreme? Andrew talks about the heat of India. Right now, in parts of India, the temperature can reach 120 degrees (49 degrees Celcius). How does that affect the body? What happens when someone becomes dehydrated? How much water do you have to drink to not be dehydrated in such extreme conditions?

Kavitha - Truth or Fairy Tale? NOTE: Kids' Version Available

The team visits Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and tells the fantastical tale of Gayetri Devi, one of Rajasthan's most beloved maharanis. The tale traces her life from growing up as a princess in a royal warrior family to marrying a maharaja and, finally, to becoming a member of India's newly formed parliament after India's independence from Britain.

What strong female leaders are your students aware of? Can they name more than three? Have the class research female leaders and discuss what qualities they found to be most admirable in those leaders.

Team - Behind the Burqa….The Human Rights Violations Against Women in Afghanistan

The team discusses the plight of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. References to the Taliban, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban's human rights violations, control of the drug trade.

Do your students think that religions should be the guiding principle for a society? What is the role of religion in your students' society?

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