"10 Weeks in Asia"
"10 Weeks in Asia" is an 11-week class for 6th-10th graders that explores our biggest, most populous continent.
After the introductory week, students study a different Asian country each week. We consider each country's physical geography, cultural geography, history, politics (including its relations with its neighbors), economics, and demographics. Each week, students read assigned articles, conduct research, and prepare a simple multimedia project before our in-class discussion. We conclude each week with a country-specific game to reinforce learning.
Excellent reading skills and the ability to work cooperatively are a must. The content is at an upper middle school/high school level, with a fair amount of (fun) homework weekly to support the discussion, games, and activities during our meeting time.
Subject to students' dietary restrictions, I usually provide an "international snack" from somewhere in Asia each week (e.g., coffee cookies from Indonesia, spicy crackers from the Philippines, sesame candies from Lebanon). Investigating where the week's snack is from and then sampling something that kids in another country might enjoy eating is generally a student favorite.