Early Centres of Power
LESSON 1 : How did prehistoric peoples interact in Asia?
|Subject||History / Social Studies|
|Topic||How did prehistoric peoples interact in Asia?|
|Key idea||During prehistoric times, cultures in Southeast Asia developed in very similar ways. Archeology and the study of grave goods help understand what was important for people.|
|No. of periods / lessons||1 period (1 period is approximately 50 minutes)|
|Facilities needed||Sources and handouts for distribution|
|Prerequisite Knowledge||No prerequisite knowledge is 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.
Before this lesson, the teacher asks students to bring in their most prized possession – something valuable and important to them (e.g. an item of clothing, or jewelry).
2. Hook activity: Bring in your prized possessions
In pair, students explain to each other why the possession they brought is important to them, and what it means to them. Some students present to the class.
3. Teacher talk
The lecture introduces how, by studying items found in graves and the resources to make them, archaeologists can understand how people moved around and met.
4. Group work: Analysis of burial sites
In pairs or small groups, students look at images of burial sites, identify what things are buried with the person, and discuss why they think these things were buried with this person.
5. Group work: Mapping activity
Students analyse a map with communities and resources and discuss how communities can get additional resources.
6. Reflection on mapping
Students discuss and compare exchanges of goods in prehistoric times and nowadays.
7. Looking at a map of Southeast Asia
Students look at a map of Southeast Asia, identify resources and discuss how communities could acquire these resources.