India & China Teacher's Guide

July 8, 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 - Talk about a bad hair day... how about a bad hair dynasty?

The team discusses the dynastic cycle as it relates to the Yunnan Province in southwestern China - and to Abeja's hair. The rise and fall of the T'ang Dynasty (including the An Lu-shan rebellion), the Nanzhao Dynasty, the Kingdom of Dali, and the Mongol invasion and Yuan Dynasty are discussed... along with dreadlocks and lice.

Ask your students to add these dynasties to the timeline of Chinese history they created last week.

Kavitha - What! Can Tourism PRESERVE an Ethnic Culture?
Kids' version available

The team visits Lijiang in the Yunnan province and learns about the Naxi culture and how this traditional culture is surviving today in a modern and touristy city.

Can your student's imagine living in a matriarchal society, like that of the Naxi? How would life be different? How would it be the same? Can your students think of other artifacts of our patriarchal culture in the way we speak?

Yang-Yang - MAD About Air Pollution in China's Big Cities

Yang-Yang reports on some of the most pressing environmental problems, such as air pollution and energy generation, facing China today. She reflects on some solutions the Chinese people and government are offering to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment.

Ask your students to help Make a Difference by following the suggestions Yang-Yang presents at the end of her dispatch.

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