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India: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Teacher’s Guide

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EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: DONALD JOHNSON AND JEAN JOHNSON
ASSOCIATE EDITORS: JYOTHI BHATT AND AMANDA SNELLINGER
NEW YORK: ASIA SOCIETY, 2004

India: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives offers endless opportunities for educators to teach about India. Many colleagues often tell me they feel inadequately prepared to teach about South Asia. The intimidating complexity of the culture and historical past often keeps them from being creative with teaching methods and ideas. This new user-friendly curriculum guide allows educators to move beyond the textbook and to feel more confident in teaching about India.

As a high school teacher, I appreciate the background readings in the beginning of each unit of Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, which are an excellent source of information for teacher preparation, as well as practical for high school students reading at grade level or beyond. Key terms, people, and events appear in bold text, and easy-to-understand definitions for these terms are printed in the side margin. This instant access to terms and definitions is a plus for busy teachers. The content presented in each section is detailed and informative, yet not overbearing. The authors are direct and straightforward.