2016 Lesson Two: The Hindu Caste System Dates: Friday, February 19 and Monday, February 22, 2016 Day One: Friday, February 19, 2016



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2016 Lesson Two: The Hindu Caste System

Dates: Friday, February 19 and Monday, February 22, 2016

Day One: Friday, February 19, 2016

  1. Class: To introduce us to the Hindu Caste System, we are going to watch three different videos from United Streaming. As we watch the videos, you should be taking initial notes in the provided graphic organizer. The United Streaming Videos are:



    1. The Caste System: running time of 2:02 minutes

    2. Caste System in India from the Board: running time of 1:22 minutes

    3. The Caste System and Education: running time of 7:14 minutes



  • Since students cannot access United Streaming, for those of you who are absent, you will need to go to YouTube and watch the identified videos and get your notes from there.

The Caste System and Ancient Indian Society


  • Alex Drake Mamie Hall

  • Published on Sep 5, 2012

  • Running time of 6:33 minutes

  • Mr. Drake outlines the main pillars of ancient Indian society. BY THE END OF THIS VIDEO, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO...
    - Identify the different levels of the caste system and who made up each level.
    - Explain how different caste levels depended on each other.
    - Describe the structure of family life in Indian society.
    - Explain how villages were organized and worked.
    - Define/identify: the caste levels; untouchables; dowry; self-sufficient

The Indian Caste System - An Introduction


  • crackonwall

  • Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011

  • Running time of 4:21 minutes

  • This video is taken from the BBC TV documentary called "The story of India" presented by historian Michael Wood, about the 10,000-year history of the Indian subcontinent. This video and the entire series is the property of BBC TV and no copyright infringement is intended.
    This extract is made to present a small talk on the Indian Caste System to a group of MBA students as part of cross-cultural management.

Is India's Caste System Still Alive?


  • TestTube News

  • Published on Apr 19, 2015

  • Running time of 2:53 minutes

  • India is growing fast, yet the outlawed caste system still creates discrimination. So what is the Indian caste system? And how is it affecting modern India?

  1. Class: We are now going to begin the Caste System PowerPoint Lecture. You should be adding to your initial video notes in the provided graphic organizer.




  1. Homework: You are to read, annotate/Talk to the Text on the BBC article, and answer the corresponding questions. This will be checked tomorrow for Class Participation Points. It is worth 30 points.

Day Two: Monday, February 22 , 2016

  1. Class: We are going to finish the Caste System PowerPoint Lecture, and you should finish your graphic organizer notes.




  1. Individual/Homework: You are to find a current event article on India’s Caste System. It can be on how the system still exists today or how it is being challenged.



  • The current event must be from within the last THREE YEARS. This means from 2016 through 2013.

  • It must be from a reputable news site: BBC, CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, etc…It must actually be a news article.

  • It must be of an acceptable length and not just one or two paragraphs.

  • You must use Noodletools to create the correct citation for the article. Refer back to your Africa Research Project Handouts.

  • You must print, annotate, and staple the article to this sheet. Remember you should not highlight more than 20 to 30% of the article. There should be more Talking to the Text. When you Talk to the Text, you should be:



    • Making connections to what we learned in class about the Caste System.

    • Making connections to what we learned about Apartheid or Imperialism in Africa.

    • Compare and contrast to events from American History like our current social class structure, Jim Crow laws, etc…

    • Write down thoughts and reactions.

    • Write down questions.

    • AT THIS POINT, YOU SHOULD NOT BE SUMMARIZING!

  • Then in the space provided, write a well-developed paragraph that provides a strong 5Ws summary of the article along with an explanation of whether your article is an example of:

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