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The Persian World & West Asia

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Design a Calligraphic Plate

Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Arts of the Islamic World

Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than five hundred years, and in some parts for more than a thousand. Today, far more Muslims live in other parts of Asia than in the Arab areas of Asia such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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Cyrus the Great and the Rise of the Persian Empire

Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture at the University of California, Irvine, gives a talk to teachers about Cyrus the Great in conjunction with the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition at the Asian Art Museum (on view from August 9–September 22, 2013).

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Nowruz, The New Day of the New Year

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Bushyhead, tells a story about the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game

Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)
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What Are the Main Branches of Buddhism?

Over the centuries, two main branches of Buddhism emerged: a transmission that traveled to Southeast Asia, and a transmission that evolved in East Asia. A further offshoot of the northern transmission also developed. All three branches began in India, and developed further as they moved across Asia.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Lesson

New Year Investigations: Tablescapes (lesson)

Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5)

Video

How did Alexander the Great appropriate Persian culture and ideas into his empire?

Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture at the University of California, Irvine discusses Alexander the Great and Persian culture and ideas at the Cyrus Cylinder Teacher Workshop at the Asian Art Museum on August 12, 2013 in conjunction with the Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia exhibition (August 9–September 22, 2013).

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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