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Ancient China and India – Religion and Belief Systems

22 Apr

These video playlists feature short videos giving you overviews or introductions to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and other belief systems covered in these units.

Legacy of China vs. India

16 Apr

These two video playlists feature videos that show the legacy of ancient China and India. If you find other helpful videos, please send them to your teacher and we will add them to these playlists.

The Silk Roads:

Ancient India Video Playlist

16 Apr

Geography of India:

Maurya and Gupta Empires:


India Week Celebrations!

17 Oct

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India Votes!

24 Apr
Check out this awesome Infographic on how India votes. A teacher shared it recently!  Enjoy your day off and see you tomorrow (if you are scheduled for a three-way conference).  Your student-led conference will now be on Wednesday, April 30th (same times as originally scheduled).


The World’s Most Typical Person

15 Apr

These video clips are a great way to remind us that we are anything but typical. Having  just completed our India unit, these videos are educational and make us reflect on our current unit and the future.

Two Cool Sites!

12 Apr
Students,  We are sharing two interesting links with you. While not related to our current unit or ancient history, we think you will find them interesting. Check them out! is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.
With the Indian elections approaching, check out this very neat Infographic of how India will form its government. Click HERE. Have a good weekend!


The Legacy of Ancient India

24 Mar

Here are some documentaries on India, which focus on the legacy of ancient India. They are optional to watch, but they will give you more insight or knowledge and go beyond what we are learning in our textbook to review what India gave to the world. Enjoy.


Ashoka & the Maurya Empire

24 Mar

This playlist includes some video clips and information on the Maurya Empire and Ashoka (Asoka).


Hinduism and Buddhism

23 Mar

Here is a video playlist with a few video clips and one documentary about the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who later became known as the Buddha, or the enlightened one. They are optional, of course, but you might find them a good review of the things we have learned. We are sure you will learn many new things about Hinduism and Buddhism though.  Post a comment, if you learned sometime particularly interesting that you would like to share with your classmates.  If you ever find good videos, please share them with your teachers and we can add them to the blog, if we feel they are good.

India Chapter Test!

20 Mar
serial-test-takeStudents,  You will have a test on ancient India (Chapter 7: lessons 1 – 4) on Friday, March 28th. With one week to prepare, you can review your material a number of ways:
1) Notes on Moodle, 2) videos and links on the class blog, 3) Classzone Review (Flipcards, practice quiz, etc.), 4) your notes from your notebook, and 5) Re-read chapter 7. Use your time wisely and prepare ahead of time. We will complete the chapter by Tuesday and review on Wednesday. There will be four parts on this test: 14 multiple-choice, 2 short answer, 5 map questions, and an essay (see questions below).
Essay Question – Here are two questions you can prepare for…ONE of them will be on the test:
1) Compare and contrast Hinduism and Buddhism and explain how they have influenced the world outside India today.
2) Compare and contrast the Maurya and Gupta empires, and describe how each empire shaped ancient India.

Spread of Buddhism

20 Mar

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Top 10 Countries with Largest Buddhist Populations

Buddhist Population
Sri Lanka
South Korea
Source: Maps of the World

Origins of Hinduism and Buddhism

19 Mar

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This week you are learning about the origins of Hinduism and Buddhism in India and South Asia. Check out these links to learn more:
Hinduism (British Museum) – read the story, explore and challenge links!
Buddhism (British Museum) – read the story, explore, and challenge links!
BBC Religion has two good links on both Hinduism and Buddhism. PBS has a good link on Buddhism. There are more links on our current unit on the right side of the blog. If you find any good videos or links for our current unit, send them to Mr. Martin.



4,000 Year Old Indus Valley Seal Discovered

9 Mar
(Courtesy The Archaeological Survey of India)

(Courtesy The Archaeological Survey of India)

A seal and a weight were unearthed at a Harappan-period site in northwestern India. “The seal consists of two Harappan characters, with a typical unicorn as the motif and a pipal leaf depicted in front of an animal. Another example of one can be found in your textbook on page 221 and described on page 222.


Geography of India

9 Mar

India Geography

In our first lesson is chapter 7 , we learned about the geography of India – the Ganges and Indus Rivers, mountain ranges like the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas, and much more. This video playlist has some nice short video clips that are a good review of the content we learned. More videos will be added. Post a comment and tell us something you learned (example: In video clip #4, I learned that….). 

New Month, New Unit – Incredible India

6 Mar

This week we began our new unit, Ancient Asia. We begin with India and then learn about China.  I am sure many of you have seen this TV ad, “Incredible India.” If you haven’t, watch it! India is an incredibly diverse country. We know many of you travel outside of India, or return home for vacations. We are curious about the places you have traveled to in India. Post a comment and tell us how long you have lived in India too.  See Mr. Martin’s first comment as a sample comment.

India Week Photos

24 Feb

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A few photos from India Week…enjoy your week. We look forward to Week Without Walls!

Ayyanar Horse Project – Photos

19 Feb

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Please check out Mr. Doherty’s blog with updates and more photos of the project.  We hope you have enjoyed ‘India Week.’

Gandhi Jayanti Holiday

1 Oct

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Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation.” Enjoy your day off from school tomorrow.  We’ll see you on Thursday.  If you have any particular Gandhi quotes or links for the holiday that you will like to share, please post a comment.  
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