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This is a full and complete unit of the caste system in ancient India. Students will read informational text and respond to evidence-based questions, participate in student talk shows, take part in class debates, take notes and design visuals of the caste system.
By the end of this unit, your student will have an in-depth understanding of:
✓ The development of the caste system
✓ The contributions of beliefs of the ancient Aryans who established the caste system
✓ The roles, responsibilities, privileges and restrictions of each caste (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras and Untouchables)
✓ The differences between the ancient caste system and the caste system today
✓ Group work skills
✓ Debate and presentation skills
Resources include introductions, detailed and specific requirements, rubrics and answer keys when necessary.
Caste System in Ancient India - Informational Text & Evidence-Based Questions
This resource includes in-depth information about the caste system in ancient India. There are six pages of informational text that include an introduction and details about each of the five castes (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Sudras and Untouchables). Additionally, there are several evidence based questions for each page. A two page answer key is included as well.
Group Project: Create a Visual of a Caste
Creating visuals for topics in history truly help the content come alive! Your students will work in small groups of three to create a visual that portrays the status, roles and responsibilities of the five castes that made up the caste system in ancient India. Each group member will choose a role (professor, graphic designer or scribe). The product includes a brief introduction, step-by-step directions and requirements, a list and explanation of the roles and responsibilities of your students, a detailed rubric and a student reflection.
Student Talk Show: The Caste System
The talk show that your students will create will include a host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests (who will represent three out of the five castes) who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. The theme of the student talk show is the caste system. Your students will improve upon skills such as public speaking, collaboration, writing and research. The product includes a brief introduction, a detailed explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric and a list of 12 sample host questions, along with an editing checklist and planning guides.
The Caste System Debates
Classroom debates are a wonderful way for students to strengthen their skills in the areas of group work, public speaking, problem solving and research. Divide your students into six groups. Two groups will compete against each other at a time for a total of three classroom debates. Three debate questions are provided, so each of the three debates are different. The product includes a brief introduction, three debate questions, five debate strategies, an explanation of the debate structure, three planning guides, a rubric and a ballot for voting.
The Caste System: Then and Now
This resource includes a student handout and an answer key that compares and contrasts the caste system when it existed in ancient history and how it exists in the modern era. Students will brainstorm the reasons for the changes and then will take notes on reasons why it changed.