Activity Overview

Using a G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart to organize information about ancient Civilizations is a useful tool to enhance students' analysis of the characteristics and contributions of a society. Going further and including visuals helps students to better retain the details of each category. In this activity, students will focus on just one aspect, and create a spider map that details the achievements of ancient India in art, architecture, technologies, writing, etc.

By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information and should complete 3-6 cells. Students can come together after they’ve created their storyboards to share what they’ve learned. The full G.R.A.P.E.S. chart can be used as a post assessment after students have presented.

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Objective: Create a spider map focusing on the different achievements of ancient India in art, architecture, technology and/or writing.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a title for each cell and a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each category using appropriate scenes, characters, and items. To find images related to ancient India, type “India” into the search bar.

Requirements: Minimum of 3-6 cells showcasing the various Achievements of ancient India. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

How To Discuss the Role of Ancient Indian Achievements in the Modern World


Introduce the Ancient Indian Civilization

Give a detailed but simple introduction to the ancient Indian civilization in class. Tell the students the time period of existence of the civilization, geography and neighboring civilizations, culture and traditions, and crucial world events at the time of existence of this civilization. Students can use the GRAPES framework in order to find out more about the civilization.


Discuss the Achievements

One of the major components of the GRAPES framework is called “Achievements”. In this portion, students will identify the major inventions, discoveries, and contributions of this civilization toward the advancement of the world. For instance, ancient Indian civilization had major contributions in subjects such as Mathematics, architecture, Astronomy, Medicine, etc.


Talk about the Significance of Mathematics

Talk about how ancient India invented the decimal system, the notion of zero, and the value of pi. Describe how these mathematical ideas paved the way for the development of contemporary accounting, computer science, and mathematics.


Discuss the Importance of Medicine

Discuss the ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda, which places a strong emphasis on body humor balance and overall health. Draw attention to how Ayurveda has influenced alternative therapies and current holistic care. Emphasize the importance of the development of medicine and the curing of unknown diseases.


Summarize and Discuss

Summarize the contributions made by the ancient Indians that continue to have an impact today. Urge more research into this fascinating past and its continued significance in the modern world. There are many more contributions that hold an important place in the modern world that students can analyze by making achievement charts, making presentations, and organizing discussions around the topic.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancient Indian Achievements

What notable accomplishments is the ancient Indian civilization known for?

Significant advances were made by ancient India in a number of subjects, including trade, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, philosophy, literature, and architecture.

What impact has traditional Indian medicine had on contemporary medicine?

The ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda placed a strong emphasis on natural cures and holistic health. Its tenets still have an impact on complementary and alternative medicine today. Practices such as yoga and meditation have had a significant contribution towards maintaining good physical and mental health.

Which literary pieces are associated with the ancient Indian civilization?

Among the significant writings from ancient India are the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and a substantial body of Sanskrit literature. The contemporary literature, language and art are heavily influenced by these literary pieces of the ancient Indian civilization.

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