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    Resource Guides

    Resource Guides

    If you are an educator teaching about East Asia, these featured resources are designed for you. The websites linked below offer informative primary sources, organized curriculums, exhaustive resource collections, and other classroom materials aimed at bringing East Asia and Asian America into the classroom. In addition to the generalized resources on East Asia featured here, resource pages designated to specific East Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) are linked below. You can also find many other online materials on the Resources page at NCTA's website. Be sure to also visit NCTA's Partner Sites who provide excellent content on East Asia for K-12 educators.

    Country-specific resource guides:

    China Japan Korea Vietnam Asian America

    Other resource guides:

    Lunar New Year Asia Across the Curriculum Silk Road Chinese Religiophilosophies Contextualizing Chinese Protest

    The Uyghur Crisis 

    General Resources:

    Asia for Educatorsasia for educators

    An initiative of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, Asia for Educators (AFE) is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels.

    Education About Asia PreviewEducation About Asia | Association for Asian Studies

    From EAA: "An invaluable and unique resource for teachers, students and anyone with an interest in Asia. Articles and reviews cover a wide range of topics and time periods—from ancient to modern history, language, literature, geography, religion, youth and popular culture." 


    Freeman Book Awards | NCTAncta

    A comprehensive list of Freeman Book Award winners honoring East And Southeast Asian books for children and young adults.


    asia societyLesson Plans | Asia Society

    Learn about Asia and the world through these free lesson plans. Each lesson includes rich material resources, and are typically short formative activities that take no longer than one to three class periods. 


    MIT Visualizing Cultures mit visualizing cultures

    Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).

    Lessons fulfill Arkansas High School World History standards such as:

    H.6.WH.3: Analyze the development of social, economic, political, and geographic transformations of regional connections into global trade networks.

    H.6.WH.10: Evaluate the development, expansion, and effects of industrialization in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

    H.6.WH.15: Analyze the causes and effects of European imperialism and new patterns of colonization in Asia, Africa, and Latin America in the 19th century, including the impact of advancements in medicine, weaponry, and technology.


    asian america toolkit

    Resources and Strategies for Teaching about Asian America and Responding to Anti-Asian Racism | NCTA

    "In the face of continued hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and in honor of AAPI Heritage Month, NCTA offers educators this resource guide on the Asian American experience. Organized into four sections, the list is not exhaustive, but is intended to provide a selection of resources for immediate use and reflection. 

    Section I offers a primer to help teachers make sense of what is happening now and why teaching about Asian America matters.

    Section II highlights curriculum and resources for teaching about Asian American histories, experiences, and activist icons.

    Section III considers what it means to be an anti-racist educator and offers resources providing tools and strategies for moving towards becoming anti-racist. Resources included address institutional and personal change and highlight community organizations leading this work. Recognizing the importance of supporting the whole person,

    Section IV includes links to webinars and resources for Asian and Asian American students, parents, educators, and allies facing anti-Asian racism. These resources are provided by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness." For more information on this topic, please visit our page titled Teaching China in the Age of Covid-19.

     The curriculum resources linked in this guide fulfill Arkansas Social Studies Standards such as:

    H.4.8.11 Examine the causes and effects of immigration after 1870, including push-pull factors, ethnic enclaves, the assimilation process, and rise of nativism through law (e.g. Chinese Exclusion Act).

    Teachable Indonesia: Grades K-8 | University of Washington Southeast Asia Centerindonesia

    The University of Washington's Southeast Asia Center has created a resource titled "Teaching Indonesia". This resource is engaging for grades K-8 and approaches Indonesian culture from many topics such as geography, language, politics, religion, social media, food culture, folk tales, music, and science. As "Teachable Indonesia" covers a variety of aspects of Indonesia, it can be used in classroom discussions of many subjects.


    asian art museum

    Teacher Packets on Asian American and Pacific Islander Arists | Asian Art Museum

    Include AAPI artists in your art classroom using this guide created by the Asian Art Museum! Resources include artist biographies, interdisciplinary lesson plans, and hands-on art activities.


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    The Center for East Asian Studies | University of Chicago

    The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago has a great list of digital resources for educators and learners. Included in this list are links to engaging lesson plans and classroom materials, as well as professional development organizations. Educators can reference this resource compilation for subjects ranging from contemporary issues to ancient history.


     Asian Americans Advancing JusticeUnit Plan: LGBTQ Civil Rights

     This unit plan, created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, introduces middle and high school students to LGBTQ civil rights with an emphasis on the struggle for marriage equality. Students learn about ideas, events, and individuals that influenced George Takei and his decision to come out as an advocate for LGBTQ rights and contextualize the fight for LGBTQ rights as an extension of the Civil Rights Movement. The unit culminates in an essay assignment in which students analyze how the discussed events, people, and ideas influenced the struggle for marriage equality.


    we are not a stereotype

    We are not a stereotype | Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 

    We are not a stereotype is a video series made by educators for educators centered around Asian Pacific Americans and impacts of stereotypes. 

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