The Geography Ninja

The Same Ole’ Themes Again

Units on Southeast Asia are traditionally the very last units taught during the year. As such, there is often less time to cover this unit than other units during the year. This lesson is designed to introduce the students to the broad overview of the region in a very short amount of time, allowing for more in-depth study of material which must be covered for assessments. It can stand alone as an introduction, or it may be used after the “Southeast Asia Photo Story” activity. A jigsaw activity is used, where small groups research the five themes of Southeast Asia using portions of their textbook’s chapters covering this unit (depending on the book available, some groups may need to rely upon internet research for their material), record the information on a Regional Study Graphic Organizer template (which is a modified form of the Mapshots technique), and then present their work to the rest of the class. Upon completion, the entire class will have an overview of the five themes of Southeast Asia for analysis. This lesson can also be used at the end of the unit as a review.

The Same Ol’ Themes Again Teaching Guide

Regional Study Framework

Sample Regional Study Framework

Regional Study Framework Analysis Questions

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