People and Places
West Coast Malay Peninsula: The case of the
Malacca is an example of kingdom based on trade, not agriculture. Students will discover how living in coastal areas encouraged commercial interactions and brought different groups of people together despite differences in language and religion.
|Subject||History / Social Studies|
|Topic||West Coast Malay Peninsula: Malacca in the 15th to 16th Centuries|
|Key idea||Across time, people respond to the varied natural environment of a region in multiple ways which shapes
their worldviews and way 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||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 coastland areas in Southeast Asia, students discuss the commonalities and diversities among these communities.
2. Source (map) analysis
Students look at a map of the region and discuss why people settled on the coasts and what they did for living.
3. Teacher talk
The kingdom of Melaka is an example of entrepôt. It developed as a major trading center during the 15th – 16th century. The population was ethnically and culturally diverse.
4. Group work: Source (image/artefact) study
In small groups, students observe a picture of an artefact that was found in Melaka and guess where the artefact came from. The artefacts reveal that goods and people came to Melaka from all parts of the world via global trade networks
Students reflect and write about what they would do if they moved to live in a coastland.