Middle School Social Studies

Oh how I missed teaching about Cambodia.
We’re now into the heart of the unit. It’s April 1975 and the Khmer Rouge have arrived in Phnom Penh. Civilians are being evacuated from the cities.
Students are going to go through a series of about six lessons, which cover the daily lives of Cambodian “new” people as they try to survive under the regime. We will be doing an on-going simulation that asks students to make decisions and I will be sharing first-hand accounts, cartoons, songs, and movie clips to help students understand what life was like under the regime. I have not presented the project to students yet, but they will have a variety of options as to which part of this history they would like to focus on. Look for that project, as well as a simulation for parents at the curriculum celebration in January.


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