To examine ways of living that were developed by the early Indus Valley peoples and later by the Aryans.
This activity starts with a section entitled The Indus Valley Civilization. Students are given time to read through a series of 8 statements, each of which is followed by two other sentences. Based upon the information in the first statement, class members must decide whether choice "a" or "b" that follows is a true statement.
(1) The towering Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges divided the Indian subcontinent from the rest of Asia.
(a) About half the people of India earned a living by raising goats and sheep on the mountain slopes.
(b) The mountains limited travel and communication, and kept the Indus Valley civilization nearly isolated from the rest of the world for a thousand years.
Next, after reading background information in a section entitled The Aryans, students will see 15 sentences describing life in the Aryan civilization. Class members must put themselves back in time and decide which of the 15 ways of living they would "like" or "dislike" if they lived in India during those years.
You can discuss student responses after giving them time to complete the exercise.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.