Architectural Wonders

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Cambodia, is the focus of a lesson that asks class members to consider factors that could result in the destruction of these archeological treasures. Pupils listen to a lecture on the background of Angkor Wat, examine photographs of the site, and respond to discussion questions that ask them to reflect on the impact of tourism on the temple complex.  

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Change the format of the lesson from one that is lecture-based to one that asks class members to present the background information
  • Ask groups to research and design presentations on such topics as the UNESCO World Heritage program, the Khmer empire, the Portuguese missionaries, Henri Mouhot, the Hindu and Buddhist aspects of the temples, and eco-tourism
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson follows a teacher-centered design that may prove to be a challenge to some learners
Pros

  • The six-page packet includes some background information, project ideas, the links to the images, and reflection writing prompts
Cons

  • No maps are included
Common Core

NGSS