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Ancient India - Caste System Simulation

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Students will be divided into five groups to simulate five major castes from the ancient Indian caste system. The top group will be treated very well and will spend much of class enjoying advantages and eating cookies. The lowest group will spend most of their time crawling on the floor and being ignored. Once class is settled and organized, you’ll have three phases to work through: 1. An introduction lesson, 2. Getting a drink of water, 3. Taking a quiz. At the end of the simulation, you can transition into actual instruction on the Indian caste system (see talking points). Below are some recommended numbers for each role...you might want to hand out the Brahmin roles to those you think can handle it, but pretend the passing out of roles is “random” so students don’t pick up on that fact: 3 Brahmin, 4 Kshatriya, 6 Vaisya, 10 Sudra, 6 Untouchable (adjust numbers as needed)
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