People and Places
Living on the coastlands:
This lesson examines how rice agriculture becomes central to the development of communities in lowland South-East Asia. It uses the case of the Kingdom of Bagan, in the dry plains of nowadays Myanmar, as an example The lesson highlights the relationship religion and agriculture.
|Subject||History / Social Studies|
|Topic||Living on the coastlands: The case of the Sama-Bajau in
the Coral Triangle
|Key idea||Across time, people respond to the varied natural environment of a region in multiple ways which shape 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||A/V equipment and Internet access to play the video clips (or hard copy with similar content)
Paper and pens
Sources and handouts for distribution
|Prerequisite knowledge||No prerequisite knowledge required|
By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:
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Students watch a short video or photographs of Sama-Bajau people and guess who they are.
2. Teacher talk
The Coral Triangle is a region located between the Pacific and Indian Ocean with a very rich biodiversity. Sea nomads have inhabited this area for centuries, living in close symbiosis with the sea. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the Orang Laut played a special role in the development of Southeast Asian port cities. Nowadays they relay on traditional fishing and environmental changes are impacting on their living conditions.
3. Source (map) analysis
In groups, students analyze various maps of the Coral Triangle.
4. Group work: Taking perspectives
Two groups compare the characteristics of living in a house on the coast and living in a boat.
Students reflect on how living at sea influence people’s way of life.
Students and teacher conclude that our way of life (housing) is shaped by the
environment we live in.