Friday, January 29, 2016

India's Vedic Age and CNN Student News

Early Indo-Aryan charioteers

 Today's Focus Question  What impact did the Aryans have on ancient and modern India?

India's Vedic Age: Vocabulary Study  Today we are continuing to learn about the early civilizations of India, though our focus shifts to a group of people known as the Indo-Aryans who lived during a time known as India's Vedic Age. We will begin by studying some of the key vocabulary related this topic, using the document India's Vedic Age - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which can be found in your Social Studies Google ClassroomWe will be using an excerpt from our Social Studies textbookcan also be found in your Social Studies Google Classroom (and which you can find here as well), to help us understand the lesson's key words and concepts. Some images have also been posted below to help you conceptualize these new terms.
The Vedas are considered to be very sacred to the Hindu people. 
Your caste is a group you are born into.
The caste system separates members of Indian society
India's untouchables often did the dirty jobs that no one else would do. 

CNN Student News  As we watch CNN Student News today, identify one or two news stories that you can pinpoint geographically and place on the Current Event layer of your Social Studies World Map via Google Maps. 

Iowa and Atlanta, Georgia were both featured in today's segment. After pinning at least one of these places on your map, consider the most important question: What happened here? You should include a title for the event, the date(s) the event took place, a brief summary of what happened, and include an appropriate photo or video. If you need to refer to a transcript of today's broadcast you can find it here

Since it's the end of the week, let's now put your knowledge of recent current events to a test. You may either take the quiz independently or with a partner. High score wins a small prize. Good luck!  

Homework  Complete India's Vedic Age - Cognitive Content Dictionary, which will be due on Friday, February 5.