Unit 4 - India

Unit 4 - India
Aryans and the Caste System
• 1. Silently enter class.
• 2. Sit in assigned
• 3. Restroom/Water.
• 4. Copy homework
into agenda.
• 5. Notes into binder
and update table of
contents page.
• 6. Complete quiz on
loose-leaf paper.
India Geography Quiz
1. I am the tallest and highest
mountain range and in northern
2. I am a body of water west of
3. I am a river that once held
Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa.
4. I am the ocean south of India.
5. I am the body of water east of
6. I am seasonal winds (hot
and/or wet) which affect the
climate of India.
7. I am a large landmass
separated from its continent by
other physical features.
8. I am equal to the Nile River in
Egypt…I make agriculture
• Aryans
- originally from Central Asia, they became the
dominant people in ancient India.
• Sanskrit – the language of ancient India; the root of many
South Asian languages
• Vedas – religious texts written in Sanskrit telling about
Aryan history and beliefs
• Caste System - divided India’s society into groups based on
a person’s birth, wealth, and occupation.
Essential Questions
1. What is the
Caste System?
2. How did it
impact ancient
Indian society?
Sanskrit – the Rigveda is the oldest
text in Sanskrit at 4,ooo years old.
Caste System
1. What is the Caste System?
2. How did it impact ancient Indian
Answer the questions above using
complete sentences and restating the
question in the answer.
Include all of the vocabulary: Aryans,
Sanskrit, Vedas, and Caste System.
Think about the Aryan impact upon the
Caste System.
• See the link below this file.
A. What are some pros and cons of the Indian Caste
B. Rate the impact of the Indian Caste System? Provide
three areas in Indian Society in which the Cast System
affected or controlled people/situations.
C. Compare and Contrast the Indian Caste System with
one of the following: Slavery, Civil Rights, Indian Removal
D. Would you make any changes to the Indian Caste
System? Why or why not? What are these changes?

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