In this complete lesson students learn about the Indian caste system, its origins, why it was accepted in Indian society, and how the caste system impacts India today.
Students read and analyze the ancient primary source "The Laws of Manu" to learn the origins of the castes and take brief notes from a visual-rich PowerPoint. They watch a powerful clip from an online documentary on the Untouchables, which always invokes strong student reactions and excellent class discussion. They finish by discussing different ways the Indian government is trying to combat the problems of the caste system, and draft their own proposals.
Makes a great companion with my lesson on "Women in Ancient India"
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