Indian Ocean in World History

The Indian Ocean in World History website is a free classroom resource that is comprised of  signature maps, lesson plans, quizzes, trivia and much more, with no need to register for the website. The website is interactive and features a map section with primary resource entries in categories of documents, travelers, routes, goods, technologies, objects, places, and geography.

The Indian Ocean Basin is becoming an important topic in middle and high school world history and geography courses, but one for which there are few instructional resources. This web-based resource helps teachers incorporate the Indian Ocean into world history studies by illustrating a variety of interactions that took place in the Indian Ocean during each era. The material has been assembled into an integrated and user-friendly teaching tool for students in upper elementary, middle and high school. It offers students the chance to investigate primary sources that illustrate historical interactions, helping them to become more adept at the analytical historical thinking skills that are required by virtually all state history standards today. There are several lesson plans, quizzes, student guides, and teacher resources on the Indian Ocean in World History website.  To access them, just go to the menu at the top right and select "Learning Tools."  All of the Indian Ocean lesson plans are also available on this website, along with more lesson plans for use without the website -- all of which can be found in Lesson Plans section, which is updated regularly.

WORLDQUEST 2015/2016 

The Sultanate of Oman 

  • Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center 

Read “WorldQuest Study Guide 2015-2016

Read Chapter 2 of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, by Robert Kaplan

  • The Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 

Study the map of Oman and read through the various subheadings on Oman (Introduction, Geography, People and Society, etc.)

  • U.S. Department of State

  Read the Factsheet on U.S. Relations with Oman





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