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Kari Kohl, The New York Times Learning Network

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Social Studies

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students examine the fears and frustrations of citizens in the tolerant Muslim nation of Indonesia during the holy month of Ramadan. They then explore the symbols used in various world religions and create 3-dimensional displays for a class ‘World Religious Symbols Museum.’

Suggested Time Allowance: 45 minutes- 1 hour

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plans

  1. Introduction to Southeast Asia: Lifestyle, Livelihood, and Subsistence
  2. The Arrival of Islam in Southeast Asia
  3. The Impact of Localization on the Practice of Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia
  4. “The Third Notch” and Traditions of Mourning: A Malaysian Short Story
  5. Hajj and Local Indonesian Pilgrimage
  6. ‘Finishing the Koran’ and Rites of Passage: Local Perspectives on Islamic Religious Observance
  7. The Senses and the Sacred: Islam and Contemporary Indonesian Popular Music
  8. Indonesian Wooden Puppet Theater of West Java, the Amir Hamzah Stories and the Localization of Islam
  9. Islamic Motifs in Contemporary Indonesian Painting and Calligraphy
  10. Women, Education, and the Veil in Contemporary Indonesia

Classroom Indonesia: Introduction

Provided by the Cornell University Southeast Asia Program

This resource provides a general background on Indonesia. It paints a picture of its culture and society with stories, readings on Indonesia’s holidays and festivals, descriptions of the food, recipes, a textile gallery, and much more.

Classroom Indonesia


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