Asia Today
Age 11-13: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 5

In this unit, you'll explore the vast continent of Asia as well as the Indian Ocean. You'll explore history, geography, politics, and culture from places as diverse as Russia, the Middle East, India, southeast Asia, and China. Along the way, you'll create a map of Asia, learn about current events in the Middle East, explore the impact of monsoons, plan a Japanese garden, and figure out just how big Indonesia is in a hands-on way.

For your final project, you will create a themed tour of Asia that will allow travelers to experience several Asian countries and create memories that they will never forget!
 

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
$6.99 #780 Timeline of Ancient Civilization
$5.00 #781 Ancient Civilization Timeline Cards

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Russia East of the Ural Mountains
  • Lesson 2: Turkey and Cyprus
  • Lesson 3: The Middle East
  • Lesson 4: Central Asia
  • Lesson 5: The Indian Subcontinent (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: East Asia and Japan (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Mainland Southeast Asia (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Maritime Southeast Asia
  • Lesson 9: The Indian Ocean
  • Final Project: A Tour of Asia (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the different forms of government developed in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the impact of interactions between humans and their physical environments in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the connections between historical events and contemporary issues in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the influence and contributions of individuals and cultural groups in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the influence of major religions, ethical beliefs, and values on cultures in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the relationship between the physical environment and cultural characteristics of selected societies and regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Compare characteristics of political, economic, religious, and social institutions of selected cultures and evaluate their similarities and differences. (Social Studies)
  • Compare the rights and civic responsibilities of individuals in political structures in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Create maps, charts, graphs, databases, and models as tools to illustrate information about different people, places, and regions in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Describe different levels of economic development and assess their connections to standard of living indicators such as purchasing power, literacy rate, and life expectancy. (Social Studies)
  • Describe factors that influence changes in distribution patterns of population, resources, and climate in selected regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia and evaluate their impact on the environment. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how different governments in Africa, Asia, and Australia select leaders and establish laws in comparison to the United States and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how different types of governments such as democracies, dictatorships, monarchies, and oligarchies in Africa, Asia, and Australia carry out legislative, executive, and judicial functions and evaluate the effectiveness of each. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how physical processes such as erosion, earthquakes, and volcanoes have resulted in physical patterns on the earth's surface and analyze the effects on human activities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe rights and responsibilities of citizens in selected contemporary societies in Africa, Asia, and Australia, comparing them to each other and to the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the environmental impact of regional activities such as deforestation, urbanization, and industrialization and evaluate their significance to the global community. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the relationship between and cultural values of selected societies of Africa, Asia, and Australia and their art, architecture, music, and literature, and assess their significance in contemporary culture. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the relationship between the location of natural resources and economic development and analyze the impact on selected cultures, countries, and regions in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of key groups such as Mongols, Arabs, and Bantu and evaluate their impact on historical and contemporary societies of Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of key historical figures and evaluate their impact on past and present societies in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the varied ways people of Africa, Asia, and Australia make decisions about the allocation and use of economic resources. (Social Studies)
  • Examine factors such as climate change, location of resources, and environmental challenges that influence human migration and assess their significance in the development of selected cultures in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Examine key ethical ideas and values deriving from religious, artistic, political, economic, and educational traditions, as well as their diffusion over time, and assess their influence on the development of selected societies and regions in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the basic needs and wants of all human beings and assess the influence of factors such as environment, values, and beliefs in creating different cultural responses. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the causes of key historical events in selected areas of Africa, Asia, and Australia and analyze the short- and long-range effects on political, economic, and social institutions. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the development and use of tools and technologies and assess their influence on the human ability to use, modify, or adapt to their environment. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the major belief systems in selected regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia, and analyze their impact on cultural values, practices, and institutions. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how the allocation of scarce resources requires economic systems to make basic decisions regarding the production and distribution of goods and services, and evaluate the impact on the standard of living in selected societies and regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Generate, interpret, and manipulate information from tools such as maps, globes, charts, graphs, databases, and models to pose and answer questions about space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. (Social Studies)
  • Identify examples of cultural borrowing, such as language, traditions, and technology, and evaluate their importance in the development of selected societies in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Identify examples of economic, political, and social changes, such as agrarian to industrial economies, monarchical to democratic governments, and the roles of women and minorities, and analyze their impact on culture. (Social Studies)
  • Identify examples of economic, political, and social changes, such as Agrarian, to industrial economies, monarchical to democratic governments, and the roles of women and minorities, and analyze their impact on culture. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical events such as invasions, conquests, and migrations and evaluate their relationship to current issues. (Social Studies)
  • Identify key physical characteristics such as landforms, water forms, and climates and evaluate their influence on the development of cultures in selected African, Asian, and Australian regions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the concepts associated with culture such as language, religion, family, and ethnic identity, and analyze how they can link and separate societies. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the main commodities of trade over time in selected areas of Africa, Asia, and Australia and evaluate their significance for the economic, political, and social development of cultures and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the ways in which governments in selected areas of Africa, Asia, and Australia deal with issues of justice and injustice, and assess the influence of cultural values on their practices and expectations. (Social Studies)
  • Identify various sources of citizens' rights and responsibilities, such as constitutions, traditions, and religious law, and analyze how they are incorporated into different government structures. (Social Studies)
  • Identify ways in which people of selected areas in Africa, Asia, and Australia have used, altered, and adapted to their environments in order to meet their needs and evaluate the impact of their actions on the development of cultures and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the common characteristics of different cultures in Africa, Asia, and Australia. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the relationship between economic activity and the quality of life in Africa, Asia, and Australia. ( (Social Studies)
  • Trace the development of relationships between individuals and their governments in selected cultures of Africa, Asia, and Australia, and evaluate the changes that have evolved over time. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the historical development of governments, including traditional, colonial, and national in selected societies, and assess their effects on the respective contemporary political systems. (Social Studies)
  • Use the five themes of geography and geographic tools to answer geographic questions and analyze geographic concepts. (Social Studies)
  • Use tools such as maps, globes, graphs, charts, databases, models, and artifacts to compare data on different countries of Africa, Asia, and Australia and to identify patterns as well as similarities and differences. (Social Studies)
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