India PDF


India is a history unit about the colonial period in India from the Mughals to the British Raj. Learn hands-on with foldables, crafts, activities, and more. For ages 6 to 18.


India is the fourth unit in the Colonial History course. This unit is about India under the Mughals and then the British. The Mughals were invaders from Afghanistan who conquered India in 1526. In 1608 the British contacted India and in 1760 they finished conquering the subcontinent.

This book is for adult mentors to use as a resource when planning lessons, not a textbook for students.

This unit has sections on:

  • Mughal Empire
  • British East India Company
  • The Raj

Layers of Learning is activity-based and this unit guide includes many hands-on ways to learn about the Reformation. Here are a few things you will find to do inside this unit:

  • Color a map of the expansion of the Mughal Empire
  • Color a mandala of Akbar the Great’s uniting influence
  • Craft a tissue paper lotus flower
  • Fill in and color a shutter fold book comparing the British and Mughal trade desires
  • Learn about the seven Years War in India as you color and take notes on a three part printable
  • Make a pop-up card of the Cornwallis Codes
  • Raid your closet for a Sepoy uniform
  • Make a poster contrasting the British achievements in India with its failures
  • And much more!

Layers of Learning History units include Library Lists of books on the topic, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess your student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.

See Inside

This is a view of a two page spread from India:

India Spread

This unit, like all of Layers of Learning is pick-and-choose so the mentor can decide which Explorations to choose from among many options.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

India is also part of the overall Colonial History course, the third Year of the four year Layers of Learning History cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the history of the world from ancient times through the 21st century. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

India Printable Pack

You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning. This printable pack includes 29 pages.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Colonial History Resources page.


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