International Studies & Programs

K-12 Teacher Resources

The Asian Studies Center has a collection of K‑12 lessons donated by K‑12 teachers for use in various classrooms.

Donated Lessons

Study Guides

Nepal: A Study Guide for Teachers

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

The Asian Studies Center has organized three Fulbright-sponsored Group Projects Abroad, twice to Nepal (2003 and 2009) and once to Vietnam (2004). These programs gave select groups of Michigan K-12 teachers opportunities to travel to these countries, learn about them firsthand, and develop lesson plans materials for teaching about these countries. To learn more about these programs and see the participants' work, click below.

More information on the Nepal 2009 program >

More information on the Nepal 2003 program >


Vietnam: A Study Guide for Teachers

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

The Asian Studies Center has organized three Fulbright-sponsored Group Projects Abroad, twice to Nepal (2002 and 2009) and once to Vietnam (2004). These programs gave select groups of Michigan K-12 teachers opportunities to travel to these countries, learn about them firsthand, and develop lesson plans materials for teaching about these countries. To learn more about these programs and see the participants' work, click below.

More information on the Vietnam 2004 program >

East Asia Lesson Plans

Each lesson plan in our curriculum follows a carefully prepared format. This format has been developed in accordance with standard lesson and module plans in middle and high school social studies. The core of each lesson are teaching and learning activities that follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate. Each lesson also includes teacher background notes and guidelines designed to aid teachers in the most effective use of the learning and teaching activities.

Module One: Why Study East Asia?

Lesson One: East Asia & The World (PDF)

Module Two: The Basics in Traditional East Asia 

Lesson One: Pronunciation & Names (PDF)
Lesson Two: Writing & Language (PDF)
Lesson Three: Rethinking Time, Age & The Calendar (PDF)
Lesson Four: Confucianism (PDF)

Module Three: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Japan 

Lesson One: The World of the Shining Prince (PDF)
Lesson Two: Who Were the Samurai? (PDF)

Lesson Three: The Mongol Invasions (PDF)

Lesson Four: The 47 Ronin - Honor and Murder in Early Modern Japan (PDF)

Module Four: Art 

Lesson One: Ukiyoe

Lesson Two: Japanese Nationalistic Paintings of the late 19th/early 20th Centuries