Paraw Regatta, Iloilo, Philippines

Paraw Regatta, Iloilo, Philippines

Sailing into Our Past and Future: Maritime Southeast Asian and Pacific Canoes and Our Integral Relationship with the Ocean

Grades 9-10
Developed by Elena Clariza, University of Hawaii
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“Sailing into our Past and Future” embraces a cultural-based science and social science curriculum. Its aim is to teach students to think critically and reflect on their personal histories and their place while learning about the canoes of Maritime Southeast Asia (Philippines and Indonesia) and the Pacific.  The first half of the unit takes students into the maritime world of the Austronesian people.  The second half engages students in challenging and authentic learning experiences.  Through field observations and research, students form a deeper understanding and appreciation of their environment.  Students tackle a complex real world problem by designing a prototype of a canoe. The final portion of the unit challenges students to reflect and think critically about culture, migration, and colonization.