People and Places
Highlands and agriculture: The case of the Kingdom of Lanna (thirteenth to eighteenth centuries)
The highlands in Northern Thailand are home to several ethnic groups. This lesson examines how different communities with different priorities can develop within a shared environment.
|Subject||History / Social Studies|
|Topic||Highlands and agriculture: The case of the Kingdom of Lanna (thirteenth to eighteenth centuries)|
|Key idea||Across time, people respond to the varied natural environment of a region in multiple ways that shape their
worldviews and ways of life.
|Key concepts||Environment, highlands, lowlands, coastlands
People, worldviews, way of life
Commonalities and diversities
|No. of periods / lessons||1 period (1 period is approximately 50 minutes)|
|Facilities needed||A/V equipment and Internet access to play the video clips (or hard copy with similar content)
Sources and handouts for distribution
|Prerequisite knowledge||No prerequisite knowledge required|
By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:
Download the lesson plan for details on the talks and activities suggested below.
1. Introduction to topic
Comparing photographs of various highland areas in Southeast Asia, students discuss the commonalities and diversities among these communities.
2. Hook activity / simulation: Rice planting
In groups, students representing people living in the highlands discuss the best strategies to feed themselves given their ecological conditions and constraints.
3. Teacher talk
The Lanna kingdom is an example of a kingdom that emerged in the highlands where various ethnic groups evolved differently in diverse upland environments.
4. Image analysis
Students observe photos from rice terraces in Southeast Asia and guess their locations. Rice terraces are common in highlands in many parts of Southeast Asia and these terraces show how people adapt their environment to fit their needs.
The teacher summarizes the main points of the lesson and students reflect on their learning by filling in a handout.