Classroom Resources

Below are some resources that have been created here at the South Asia Center or borrowed from other organizations that might be helpful to those preparing South Asia related curriculum. In addition to these resources, we also encourage you to visit our Media Library, which has documentaries  and films that address many different aspects of South Asian cultures, histories, languages, and politics.

Afghanistan and Pakistan Resources

Homeland Afghanistan
Learn about the history and culture of Afghanistan on this website presented by the Asia Society.

Teach Afghanistan Using Primary Sources
The Asia Society has put together a companion piece to their "Homeland Afghanistan" website (listed above) to help instructors teach about Afghanistan using primary sources.

Teaching Pakistan
This website has materials used in a introductory college course on Pakistan. The instructor includes short films found for free on the internet which may be used at the middle and high school level as well.

Hinduism

Manas: The Religions of IndiaA website the provides background on the sacred text and practices of a number of Indian religions, including Hinduism.

The Legend of Ponnivala A medieval Hindu epic that has been reinterpreted for a modern audience.

The Ramayana
This webpage has several versions of the Ramayana story, which is a very important Hindu epic, and corresponding teaching materials. 

Smith Art Collection
The Smith Collection is comprised of numerous images and accruements for ritual (puja objects), scrolls of Indian epics and stories, and sixty paintings from the Mithila region of northern India.

South Asian Cultures

Cornell University’s Cultural Lending Library

The Cornell South Asia Program, our consortial partner, collaborates with the Einaudi Center for International Studies to share South Asia-related expertise with institutions of higher education (including 2-year campuses and teacher-training programs) and K-12 schools.

The Lending Library is an online educational outreach resource housed at outreach.libib.com. The library encompasses all of the regional programs within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, including the South Asia Program. This online resource contains books, movies, music, and culture kits—all of which are intended to promote the internationalization of course curriculums. The library features culture kits full of ephemera from South Asian countries including, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, organized around a variety of topics including games, education, Buddhism, and water access. The resources within the lending library were prepared by experts at Cornell University and are geared for use by K-12 and community college educators.

To register as a patron and for questions regarding the lending library, please email outreach@einaudi.cornell.edu.

To view the mission, goals, description, and policies related to the lending library view this presentation:https://prezi.com/jpearr5u41po/copy-of-world-geography/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Global South Asia
This website is a companion to the textbook, "South Asia in the World: An Introduction" (Wadley 2014). It has information and pictures on a number of different case studies that look at contemporary cultures in South Asia.

How to wrap a Sari
Have you always wanted to know how to wrap a sari? Click here for step by step illustrated instructions. 

South Asian Folk and Visual Arts

Beneath the Banyan Tree

Mithila Painting

We have a number of resources for teachers interested in teaching Indian culture through the tradition of Mithila painting:

Mithila Resources

Bengali Scrolls (Patua)

Bengali Scroll Lesson Plan (Grade 5)

Bengali Scroll Rubric (Grade 5)

Bengali Scroll PowerPoint


Ruth Reeves Art Collection

Smith Art Collection  
The Smith Collection is comprised of numerous images and accruements for ritual (puja objects), scrolls of Indian epics and stories, and sixty paintings from the Mithila region of northern India.

Smith God Poster Archive