Tuesday, August 17

Studying India with The Lost Kingdom

India's Independence Day, celebrated annually on August 15, marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation. It also marks the anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, which occurred at midnight on August 14–15, 1947...

India (or Bhārat, in Hindi) is the second-most populated country in the world, and the seventh largest in size.  It is located in south Asia, bordered by the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Pakistan.  (It also shares small borders with several other Asian countries.)

It is speculated that modern humans arrived on the subcontinent around 55,000 years ago.  Originally hunter-gatherers, these first tribes were very isolated from each other, eventually creating a highly diverse population.  The Indus Valley Civilization is one of the oldest known civilizations, dating to around the third millennium BC.

By around the year 400, the caste system had developed.  Empires, such as the Maurya and Gupta, came to power in the Ganges Basin region.  Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism religions also rose to popularity.  By the medieval era, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism were also prevalent.

With the advent of the British East India Company, India became a colonial economy for the British empire.  The British Raj ruled from 1858 to 1947.  It wasn't until Mahatma Gandhi helped lead a protest movement that India began to walk down the path of independence.  

Our spine read for this unit is The Lost Kingdom

Access the entire unit in Beautiful Book Studies!

Each unit addresses a new topic, including science, history, and geography.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the topic to life.

Table of Contents

  • The King’s Fifth
  • Red Falcons of Tremoine
  • Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan
  • Red Hugh of Ireland
  • Calico Captive
  • The Story of Eli Whitney
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Lost Kingdom
  • The Secret Garden
  • Heidi
  • Girl of the Limberlost
  • The Winged Watchman
  • When the Dikes Broke
  • Using the Good & the Beautiful in High School

The books selected for these unit studies can be found in the upper grades areas of The Good and the Beautiful Book List.  However, Homeschool On the Range and Sparks Academy are not employed by or affiliated with, nor do they receive any compensation from, The Good and the Beautiful.  It has simply been their curriculum of choice for many years.  These unit studies are not endorsed by The Good and the Beautiful or Jenny Phillips.

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