MS Social Studies update for December, 2011

In Social Studies we are in the heart of the Cambodia unit, studying life under the Khmer Rouge. Students are learning about five aspects of daily life: evacuation of Phnom Penh, work, food/sickness, propaganda and terror. Each class has aspects of both political and social history and is filled with stories from firsthand accounts, cartoons, songs and activities. Students are being asked on a daily basis to simulate the experience of the average Cambodian under the regime by making decisions about work, food, resistance and survival. If they do well, they will see rewards for our next project called “Building a Dwelling,” which will be introduced at the end of December. The Life Under the Khmer Rouge project is due December 16th. Some of the best work I’ve ever seen has come from this project, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the kids produce.

Also in the middle of December, I hope to get some guest speakers in from U of M to discuss modern Cambodia and the citizens’ struggle to deal with its violent past. In an ideal world, we’ll get a Khmer Rouge survivor to come in and speak, but I have not had much luck connecting with her this year.

Finally, parents, you are more than welcome to join us at the Curriculum Celebration where the Middle School will be putting on a Khmer Rouge simulation. Afterwards, we’ll have a question and answer session so that you can truly gauge their level of understanding of this country’s history.

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