Middle School Social Studies

Ahhhh, it’s so good to be teaching about Cambodia again. My favorite unit. Having touched upon Chinese and Indian influences on the region, we are now digging deep into the Angkor period. This period lasted from about the ninth to the fifteenth century and peaked with the empire expanding throughout most of Southeast Asia. Throughout these lessons, students have done king presentations, learned how Hinduism and Buddhism shaped art, architecture and daily life, and analyzed ways Khmers shaped their landscape to control natural elements. The rest of November will see the end of the empire, a transition to colonialism, and then a brief stint of independence in the twentieth century. The final chunk will be focused on a five-year period from 1975 to 1980: The Khmer Rouge years. Students will have a free-choice project on display at the Curriculum Celebration, as well as the opportunity to participate in a simulation with parents.

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