The Mystery of Rapa Nui

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What caused the collapse of the environment on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)? Who constructed the Moai? What was their purpose? Class members assume the role of investigators and use evidence drawn from field studies, ships' logs, and traditional stories to posit an explanation for the mystery of Rapa Nui.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups create blogs and publish their reports illustrated with maps and images
Classroom Considerations
  • Some of the materials in the packet are dated; therefore, have groups check out research conducted after 1999
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The 24-page packet includes background information, worksheets, excerpts from ships' logs, journals, and letters, as well as a map of the island and list of supplemental resources
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