Sites of Encounter in World History Resources

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Read more: New workshop series encourages K-12 teachers to explore historical sites around the world

California History-Social Science Framework for K-12 Public Education


 Gupta Empire and Srivijaya Kingdom, 300-1200 (June 2019) 


HSS Framework 7th Grade 
Chapter 11 - World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times

HSS Framework Resources / UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Primary Sources

Yijing’s Descriptions of Srivijaya (c. 671 to 695 CE)

The Talang Tuwo Inscription from Palembang, South Sumatra (684 CE)

Compiled by Professor Lance Nolde, CSU Channel Islands

Recommended Readings

Hall, Kenneth R. A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. (Chapter 4).

Lockard, Craig A. Southeast Asia in World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. (Chapters 2 & 3).

Other Curriculum Materials

Intersections: World Arts and Local Lives - Audio & Lesson Guides / UCLA Fowler Museum

Weavers' Stories from Island Southeast Asia - Videos / UCLA Fowler Museum

Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging - Podcasts / UCLA Fowler Museum

Lesson Units

Art in Action: Textiles of Southeast Asia / UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA History-Geography Project Curriculum Resources for World History

How did trade connections between the Gupta Empire in India facilitate the spread of Buddhist and Hindu ideas and beliefs in Srivijaya?

Did the Caste System Unite Ancient Indian Society?


 Baghdad and Nishapur, 300-1200 (June 2020) 


HSS Framework

What Does a HSS Framework-aligned History Classroom Look Like? / UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The Futile Quest for Coverage, Part II / Beth Slutsky, Ph.D., California History-Social Science Project

Recommended Readings

Baghoolizadeh, Beeta and Alex Shams, Rustin Zarkar. "Ferdowsi's Legacy Examining Persian Nationalist Myths of the Shahnameh." Ajam Media Collective, 17 Jan. 2013.

Bulliet, Richard W. The Patricians of Nishapur: A Study in Medieval Islamic Social History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1972. (Introduction & Chapter 1)

Cooperson, Michael. "Daily Life in Baghdad." In E. Selove (Ed.), Baghdad at the Centre of a World, 8th-13th Century: An Introductory Textbook (pp. 23-29). Theran Press, 2019.

Curriculum Resources

Excavations at Nishapur / Metropolitan Museum

Artifacts from medieval Nishapur / British Museum

Zahak in World War II / Postcards drawn by Kem (Kimon Evan Marengo 1907-1988) for the British Ministry of Information

Historical maps of the Middle East / Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

Other Curriculum Materials

Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators / University of Chicago Library

Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on the Middle East & North Africa /

Lesson Units

Daily Life in Mediaval Nishapur from Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators / Metropolitan Museum

Common Core Math and Islamic Art / Philadelphia Museum of Art

Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning / Metropolitan Museum





About the Workshop Series

This workshop series aims to provide area studies content and pedagogy training to K-12 public school educators that aligns with the CA History-Social Science Framework. The workshop series gives teachers an opportunity to hear lectures from scholars, gain exposure to new curricular materials, and practice pedagogical skills for designing new lessons units to expand the study of world regions and civilizations in their classrooms.

The workshop series is funded by Title VI grant under the U.S. Department of Education and is a collaborative project between UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, and UCLA History-Geography Project, under the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.