Tagore Curriculum Unit

Curriculum Expectations

The study of  Tagore’s work engages students in a wide range of activities and curriculum areas from the arts to language and science.  The suggested learning activities contained in the unit meet a wide range of overall and specific curriculum expectations. We have provided a summary of them in the  following document: Tagore’s Work: Meeting Curriculum Expectations


Learning Activities using Tagore’s Work

The following documents present a wide range of suggestions for learning activities when using some of  Tagore’s work including painting, drawing, music, poetry and narrative writing.

Poetry & Narrative

Media Literacy

Visual Literacy


Learning Activities based on specific pieces of  Tagore’s work

This section  presence learning activities designed around a single piece  (poem or short story) selected from  Tagore’s writings. The activities are developed based on an interdisciplinary teaching approach.  We have chosen texts appropriate for various grade levels. You may wish to use these lessons as examples on how to develop the study of other works by Tagore based on the needs of your own students. For a further selection of poems and short stories by Tagore suitable for Kindergarten to grade 8 students please go to our resource section.

The Firefly (Poem Gr. K-8)

The New Dolls (Story Gr. 6-8)

Tagore Renounces Knighthood (Letter by Tagore Gr.6 to 8 )

Working with Tagore’s Memoire

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Our Tagore events

  • Oct 6, 2012 AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA, Michael Power St. Joseph High School, Toronto. A variety show with Tagore’s works, and a multicultural Dance Ensemble with folk dances of Ukraine, Chile, and India.

  • Sep 25, 2012 'Walking Alone: Justice and Inequality in Tagore's thought', talk by Ananya Mukherjee-Reed at Princeton University, USA.

  • May 4, 2012 Soul of Spring,McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario. A medley of music, dance and poetry based on Tagore's play. It was performed during an exhibition of Tagore's paintings 'The Last Harvest' at the gallery.

  • Jan 19, 2012 'Race and Diversity in Tagore', talk by Ananya Mukherjee-Reed at the University of Toronto

  • Sept 30, 2011 Tagore reading at the Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts

  • October 2, 2011 A panel on Tagore featuring Uma Dasgupta and Martha Nussbaum on Writers & Company, CBC Radio One Broadcast time 3:05 pm Eastern. Click here for more details and podcast
  • Dec 3-4, 2011: A film festival featuring the North American premier of two films based on Tagore's work.
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