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Damodar R. SarDesai Prize
Best Lesson Plan on South Asia

$1,000 Honorarium

Lesson requirements

  • Lesson will be judged on overall quality in terms of depth of content related to South Asia & appropriate use of pedagogical strategies
  • Lesson should be between one and three classroom periods in length
  • Lesson must follow a standard lesson plan format
  • Application must include all materials related to the lesson
  • A rubric for the lesson plan is provided here: Sar Desai rubric 2014


Other details 

  • Applicant must be a current K-12 classroom teacher
  • Entry should be accompanied by the applicant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address, as well as the name and address of the school in which the applicant is employed on a separate page before the beginning of the lesson plan
  • The name or any other identifying information about the applicant should not appear on the lesson plan itself
  • Applicants should include a statement that the essay is his or her own work



All submissions are due by March 31.

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