Activity Overview

A discovery quest is a fun way to engage students in learning and showing what they know. Students will look at the different images and drag them into the categories they belong in. In this way, they can think critically about the significance and function of each object. Teachers should encourage students to give reasons for why they chose each category. There should be time allotted for discussion and analysis before delving into reading or research about India to confirm their answers.

This activity can be used as a preview or a post assessment, individually or as a whole class. It can also be used as a differentiated activity to students GRAPES charts for students that need more support.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Place the ancient Indian characters, items, animals, and scenes in the correct category.

Student Instructions:

  1. Draw a line or drag each image to the category where you think it belongs. What do you think is the function or significance of each scene, character, item, or animal? Be prepared to share your ideas!

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [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/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [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 Analyze Major Historical Figures in Ancient India


Identify Important Figures

Select prominent individuals from Indian history who made a substantial contribution to the politics, culture, or society of their era. Ashoka, Chandragupta Maurya, Gautama Buddha, Aryabhata, and others are among the examples. Students can also examine some other personalities that they find more interesting and relevant.


Examine Backgrounds

Help the students examine and research the backgrounds of significant historical figures in ancient India. Students can find out more about their origins, background and upbringing, life and experiences, and significant contributions towards society by looking into their lifestyles and gathering information from credible sources.


Analyze Contributions and Importance

Students should be asked to list and evaluate the historical figure's most significant accomplishments and contributions. Talk about the effects their contributions had on the larger historical story or on ancient Indian society. Ask the students to discuss why these figures were so famous and what sort of image did they have in the minds of the public.


Draw Comparisons

Students can also draw comparisons of two significant historical figures. Ask the students to select any two historical figures either both from ancient India or one from ancient India and another from a different ancient civilization. Making these comparisons will help the students reflect on different aspects, cultures, and traditions of different civilizations.


Discuss Modern Relevance

Students should be asked to think about the historical figure's contributions and behaviors in the long run. What impact did their legacy have on later generations and how did it affect the development of Indian history? Ask the students to identify how these figures are viewed today and their relevance to modern society.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Match-Up Discovery Quest for Ancient India

What is the Match up discovery activity about?

In an interactive learning exercise called a "Match Up Discovery Quest," participants are given pairings of objects or concepts and must properly match them using what they have learned or discovered. This activity can be used to enhance critical thinking skills and make learning more interactive and fun for students of different age groups. Furthermore, this can be used for various subjects and topics.

How can teachers make this activity more engaging for students?

Teachers can make this activity more engaging by converting it into a competition and giving the winning students a small incentive or surprise. Teachers can also ask the students to create their own versions of the activity and ask their classmates to play each other’s version.

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