Links Listed by Type of Resource: Lesson Plans and Teaching Units

See also the Teaching Materials and Resources section of the ExEAS website.

Asia for Educators, Columbia University

Features a wide range of classroom materials and faculty guides for teaching about East Asia at the K-12 and undergraduate levels. Includes multimedia teaching units, primary sources, timelines, and more.

Asian Educational Media Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AEMS helps educators at all levels find multimedia resources for learning and teaching about Asia.  Services include an online database of multimedia resources, a free newsletter with film and multimedia reviews for educators, and lesson plans for use with films.  AEMS also offers direct assistance by phone or email.

AskAsia, Asia Society

This Asia Society website featuring lesson plans and other resources is designed primarily for teachers in K-12 education; its sister sites include AsiaSource (, which features a wide range of resources on Asia, including news digests and archives, country profiles, interviews, and special reports.

China and Europe 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is “Modern"? with Ken Pomeranz and Bin Wong, Columbia University

A multimedia teaching unit presented by Asia for Educators. Includes video clips of Pomeranz and Wong, timelines, maps, images, and more.

Contemporary Japan : Culture and Society with Theodore Bestor & Helen Hardacre

A multimedia teaching unit presented by Asia for Educators. Includes video clips of Bestor and Hardacre, bibliography, links, and more.

Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

A teaching guide to Japanese art in the Edo period. Subject categories include style, samurai, entertainment, and religion. A glossary, list of teaching activities, and references to further readings are also included.

EDSITEment, National Endowment for the Humanities

This site offers recommended websites and thousands of detailed lesson plans in all disciplines. The plans are divided into the main categories of Art & Culture, Literature & Language Arts, Foreign Language, and History & Social Studies. Within each category, they are further divisible by region, topic, grade level, etc.

Education About Asia

The website of the Association for Asian Studies magazine Education About Asia features sample articles that plan and discuss several course units for instruction. Also includes “Asian Facts," resource links, and supplemental online materials.

The Mongols in World History, Columbia University

A teaching unit presented by Asia for Educators in consultation with Morris Rossabi. Topics explored include “The Mongols’ Mark on Global History," Mongol conquests, the Mongols in China , key figures in Mongol history, and the pastoral nomadic lifestyle. Features an image gallery and links to maps.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery & Freer Gallery of Art, Education Section

The Education section of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/Freer Gallery of Art website includes online guides for teaching about Asian art. Includes “The Arts of Japan: A Teacher’s Guide," “Art and Archaeology of Ancient China," “The Art of Buddhism," and more.

Snapshots from Japan : The Lives of Seven Japanese High School Students

Curriculum materials primarily for middle school students produced by four leading experts in K-12 education with support from the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. Available as PDF download.

The Song Dynasty in China (960-1279): Life in the Song Seen Through a 12 th-century Scroll, Columbia University

A multimedia teaching unit presented by Asia for Educators. Includes images of the Beijing qingming handscroll from the National Palace Museum in Beijing . Topics explored include economic growth, commercialization, urbanization, intellectual life, and social changes.

Teaching with Documents: The United States Enters the Korean Conflict, The National Archives

A teaching unit about the U.S. entrance into the Korean War.

Teaching With Documents: The War in Vietnam — A Story in Photographs, The National Archives

A teaching unit that centers around thirteen photos from 1966-1968.

World Civilizations Learning Module, Washington State University

Learning modules about China , India , and Japan , and other areas around the world.

World History for Us All, San Diego State University

A collection of teaching materials and units designed for teaching World History focusing on K-12 education.

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