In this unit, we will be learning about the culture of India through different texts, videos, and articles.  A highlight of the unit will be our class reading of Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelen.  This National Book Award winning novel will present us with one view of traditional Indian culture through the experience of it's main character Koly.


Links, handouts, articles, etc. are all found at the bottom of the page.  For many of these you will have a choice of paper copy or download to your iPad.


India Country Profile

Culture Gram Link...Username: rilinkcgrams  Password: cgrams

Culture Gram Text

South Asia Map

Ch. 17 1.1 Physical Geo GO p. 470-471

CH. 17 1.2 Exploring the Himalayas GO p. 472-473 

Ch. 17 1.3 Living with Monsoons GO p. 474-475

Ch. 17 1.4 Resources and Land Use GO p. 476-477

Ch 17 1.5 Conservation GO p. 478-479

Ch. 17 1.6 South Asia's Water Crisis GO p. 480-481


Ch. 17 2.1 Early Civilizations GO 482-483

Ch. 17 2.2 Historic Empires GO 484-485

Ch. 17 2.3 Religion in South Asia GO 486-487

Ch. 17 2.4 Colonialism to Partition 488-489

Ch. 17 2.5 Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita 490-491


Ganges River Video and Questions


India History: Independence and Questions


Homeless Bird

Homeless Bird Event Logs

Picturing HB Vocabulary


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P.I.P. - Personal Investigation Project

PIP Directions

PIP Grading Criteria



Untouchables Video - 60 Minutes.  Aired in 1999

Dalits and Covid - CNN Story 2020

The Caste Formerly Known as 'Untouchables' Deemands a New Role in India  - NPR Sotry. Aired in 2016

Questions for NPR Article

Untouchables Writing          TIQATIQA GO           TIQATIQA Checklist

Gold in India

NPR Story #1 -  In Booming India, All That Glitters Is Gold  November 19, 2010

NPR Story #2 - A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women  April 14, 2014