Other Resources

Center for European Studies (CES)

  • World War I
    HS World History
    This unit on World War I contains four different activities: (1) Can You Stop the War? (Decision Making Activity); (2) "Over the Top!" (Trench Warfare Simulation); (3) World War One Poetry Analysis Activity; and (4) Selections from "A White Man's War? World War One and the West Indies" (Document Analysis Activity).
  • Treaty of Versailles
    HS World History
    This unit will review the end of World War I and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles. It includes an overview of the treaty and its provisions as well as an analysis exercise sing photographs and political cartoons. Includes a PowerPoint presentation that can be used in class and a cartoon exercise.

  • Learning Literature Through History and Mapping: The Worlds of Cervantes and Shakespeare
    HS World History / English Language Arts tie-in
    This unit offers a study of how the political, historical, and religious cultures of the Renaissance allowed Shakespeare and Cervantes to produce timeless literature. Teaching strategies include the creation of literary maps that will illustrate the geographical and historical influences on the works of Shakespeare and Cervantes and historical elements that connect them.

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)

  • Brazil Our Cousin 
    K-5 social studies
    This unit explores our cousin, Brazil. Although we have have different parents (England and Portugal) that shaped our development for good or bad, our grandparent, Europe, continues to influence the lives of its grandchildren. From Columbus to coffee, students will learn about Brazilian history, culture, and communities.
  • Complicating Conquest
    HS World History
    Traditionally, the conquest of the Americas has been presented to students from a Eurocentric point of view. The Europeans arrive, demolish indigenous civilizations, and triumphantly (re)build the new world. This unit seeks to challenge this portrayal of conquest and present students with a new narrative. Through analysis of written and visual primary sources, students will reconstruct their understanding of the interactions between the colonizing Spanish and the indigenous Aztec, Maya, and Inca. Students will emerge from this unit with an understanding of the indigenous cultural legacy in the foundations of the New World.
  • LANIC Newsroom
    Browse digests of news articles about current and past issues of importance in Latin America, from Caribbean hurricanes to national elections to the World Cup.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

  • At Home in Morocco and Texas
    Grades 5-7
    This lesson plan offers a comparison of housing between Morocco and the United States, and discusses how climate and ecology affect housing construction. This lesson is intended for the LOTE classroom but can be easily adapted to add social studies content.
  • Case Study: Living in Arid Climates
    Grades 9-12
    This Story Map offers an in depth look at how climate and geography affect construction and agriculture in Morocco and offers comparisons between Morocco and the United States. Includes various images, videos and activities for use in the geography classroom.
  • The Marvels of Morocco
    Grades 9-12
    An interactive web unit designed specifically with 9-12 social studies students and educators in mind. This unit provides extensive, easy to use online resources to explore Moroccan geography, Berber culture, art and cultural symbols, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Moroccan food, and Ibn Battuta's travels.
  • Morocco: Ceramic Tiling
    Grades 6-8
    A lesson plan that focuses on the connections between culture and past influences specifically connecting to Morocco and Moroccan tile. Includes a think-pair-share activity, hands-on clay art activity, slideshow, and image-rich PowerPoint presentation.
  • Cairo: Living Past, Living Future
    Grades 6-12
    An interactive web unit designed specifically with K-12 students and educators in mind. This unit will allow you to explore this history, culture, society, geography, and environment of this fascinating city that sits at the crossroads between ancient and modern, east and west, tradition and innovation.
  • Egypt: A Land of Firsts
    K-5 social studies
    This five-part lesson about Egypt is designed to help young students explore the similarities between themselves and the other humans who inhabit our planet. Each lesson includes background information for the teacher, suggested activities, worksheets, audiovisuals, etc. A bibliography and resource list is enclosed.
  • A History of the Jews of Turkey (PDF, 300 kb)
    High School World History / AP World History
    An AP-style document-based question (DBQ) unit for world history classrooms that examines the history of Sephardic Jews from their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in the 20th century.  The map contained in document 5 may be downloaded separately for higher resolution viewing.

Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

  • Siberian Voices: Mapping Culture, Environment and Everyday Life in Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude and Kyzyl
    High School World History / World Geography
    A collection of curriculum units created as a result of a four-week study seminar in southern Siberia, a region of the Russian Federation, in Summer 2013. A select group of 10 Texas educators, administrators, and advanced university students were invited to participate in this Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad with the goal of cultural immersion, language study, and curriculum development. 
  • Fulbright: Bulgaria
    A collection of curriculum units designed as a capstone for the 2004 Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad in Bulgaria. Topics range from art and culture to economics.
  • Introduction to Central Asia: Lesson Plans for 6th Graders (PDF, 11 MB)
    Middle School 
    This unit contains three lesson plans intended to introduce middle school students to the region of Central Asia.  The countries which define the region of Central Asia include: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Each lesson is designed to broaden students' understanding and appreciation of Central Asia through topics broadly related to geography, social studies and culture. Lessons begin with the understanding that in order to best understand another region, country or society, it is important to first understand your own.
  • The Life and Times of Dmitri Shostakovich (PDF, 6.1 MB)
    Middle school world culture / Art and Music tie in
    The activities in this lesson are intended to help students understand the life and music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Students will gain an appreciation for music as both a controversial form of human expression and as a response to pressing social issues.
  • The Russian Orthodox Church: History and Influence (PDF, 4.3 MB)
    Grades 6-10
    In exploring the vast land of Russia, it is especially vital that students develop an understanding of the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on the history and culture of the Russian peoples. The goals of this unit are: to introduce students to the history and beliefs of the Russian Orthodox Church; encourage students to understand religious similarities and differences; familiarize students with the geography and culture of the Russian Federation; encourage students to compare Russia and the United States.
  • Where East Meets West: An Introduction to the Caucasus and the BTC Oil Pipeline (PDF, 1.1 MB)
    High School World History / World Geography / Economics
    The activities in this unit are intended to introduce students to the geopolitical issues that surround a highly debated infrastructure project: the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. In studying the BTC pipeline, students will: 1) work collaboratively to learn more about the Caucasus and the BTC pipeline through Internet-based research; 2) explore the varied geopolitical issues which the construction of the pipeline has created; 3) view a documentary film about the BTC pipeline which explores both its global and local impact; 4) thoughtfully and critically examine the interests that various stakeholders have in the BTC pipeline; and 5) defend the interests of a particular interest group in a conflict-resolution activity.

South Asia Institute

  • Cultural Trunks
    Browse the catalogue of SAI's three cultural trunks—on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Tibetan Buddhism—each containing a collection of objects, projects and curriculum materials suitable for use in K-12 classrooms.
  • British Rule in India
    High School Level - World History, World Geography, Social Studies
    This interactive presentation introduces the topic of British imperial rule in India.  It covers how the British came to rule India, strategies used for maintaining imperial rule, and Gandhi's Satyagraha Campaign for independence.  The presentation includes many images and cartoons and other primary source texts and encourages student participation through analysis and discussion of the images and texts.
  • Holi, the festival of colors
    Middle School Level—Social Studies, World Cultures
    Middle-school students can learn about the mythology and cultural practices one of India’s most widely celebrated festivals, Holi.  The lesson is activity-based and meant to visually and textually introduce middle-school aged students to the colorful festival of Holi as it is celebrated across various parts of India. Although rooted mainly in Hindu religious mythology, its enthusiastic adoption across various religious sects attests to its popularity as a community event. The lesson encourages students to understand some of India’s cultural practices (namely the celebration of festivals and holidays) as very similar to their own, while still appreciating the ways in which they may differ.
  • Out of Place and Finding Home 
    High School Level – Social Studies, World Geography
    This lesson examines the quest for social and political rights by Bhutanese-Nepalis refugees by examining why and how people become displaced and how they rebuild their lives. The unit uses active learning exercises and primary source materials for students to examine the specific case of Bhutanese-Nepali refugess, who have lived as a "nation-less" people for decades, denied the rights of citizenship and confined to the resettlement camps. The activities, primary source materials and audiovisual content included in the lesson help students to better understand the processes of forced migration and how it relates to issues of human rights and social justice in a global society.

  • Outsourcing and the Rise of India in the Global Market
    High School Level – Social Studies, Economics, World Geography
    This lesson plan introduces students to the outsourcing industry, and uses outsourcing in India as a case study for understanding the effects of globalization. Through the lesson’s activities, students are encouraged to critically analyze the pros and cons of outsourcing from both Indian and US perspectives, and to understand how culture and identity are part of global trade and business. The lesson’s materials include various articles that analyze the effects of outsourcing, a PowerPoint presentation, and audiovisual content to understand the cultural stereotyping that has become part of popular notions of outsourcing.
  • Partition in the Classroom
    High School Level—Social Studies, World History, World Geography
    This comprehensive curriculum unit provides a lens into the complexity of the 1947 Partition of India and serves as a case study for teaching migration in diverse classrooms. The unit requires students to synthesize information from primary and secondary sources (oral histories, speeches, maps, graphs, short stories, films) and create interpretive materials (skits, debates, comics, stories) for understanding the history and geography of Partition.
  • Photography in India
    High School Level (with modifications for Middle School)—Social Studies, World History, Art/Art History, World Geography, Literature and Language Arts, World Cultures
    This modifiable unit teaches students how to use photographs as primary documents, while also examining the history and technology of early photography in India. The hands-on activities help students to develop analytical skills using primary sources while also encouraging the study of images as a way for students to understand history, geography and society of India.  Through the examination of 19th century photographs students are encouraged to understand colonialism in India and how images were used as part of the imperial project.