This product took me about 250 hours to make, and in many ways, creating it has been a labor of love. India’s Partition is difficult to teach with traditional methods of instruction, but the complexity of the event can be understood if students engage the topic via an immersive experience.
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This assignment is a simulation that takes place as Partition unfolds. It asks students to become the rulers of South Asia’s princely states, and to decide if their kingdom will join India, Pakistan, or declare independence as the British leave. Studying Partition this way is worthwhile. Partition is typically described as an event that happened to Indians, but teaching history this way removes any sense of agency that people had at the time. Worse, much of the enmity that exists between India and Pakistan is directly traceable to the decisions the princely states made – especially that of Jammu and Kashmir – so not studying their decisions is a disservice to anyone trying to understand South Asian history.
This lesson lasts three class days. The content is detailed, thought provoking, historically accurate, and fun. You are buying an itemized lesson plan to guide you through the simulation, five one-page dossiers that describe each princely state, two detailed memos for students who will act as Jinnah and Nehru, two in-class assignments to be completed during the simulation, a homework assignment to help process the simulation, a PowerPoint to guide the activity throughout the simulation and to reveal the event’s aftermath, teacher notes to provide context and background, data tables so you can customize the assignment, and five custom made maps that show: South Asia before the British Raj ended, the immediate aftermath of Partition, South Asia after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Kashmir’s division after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, and South Asia after the 1971 Bengal Liberation War.
This lesson is not cheap, so I am happy to answer any questions before you purchase. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions.
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