002 - A Lost Civilisation

Debatable Question

Was the increasing demand for food the primary cause of death on Easter Island?

Malthus in Action

It´s a mystery

What happened to the people who carved big heads out of stone?

Easter Island Carved Stone Heads

Task

Your task is to investigate why the people of Rapa Nui disappeared and to present your findings to the group. You will be working in teams of 3 or 4.

Activity One - Devising a Concept Question

  • As a team devise a concept question for the project. The command word which you use is important as it could narrow your focus. Try and use the specific MYP Humanities command words which are on display in the classroom.
  • Remember you will need to back up your theories with specific data and archaeological evidence.

Activity Two - Research

To answer your question you will need to research and record your answers thoroughly. To record your teams findings you will use a MindMeister Map which you will share with me. Consider the following points when researching:

  • Map - Where is the island located? Remember to label the key features such as mountains, rivers, ports, natural resources etc.
  • Inhabitants - Who lived there and when? Why did they go there? What did they do? Why are they famous?
  • Disappearance - What happened to the island for the people to disappear? Think about the types of resources they used.
  • Today - How is the island described today? Has it recovered?
Easter Island.doc

Useful Links

Activity Three - Future Predictions

How relevant is Malthusian theory today? As part of your presentation you will also need to consider if such a disaster would happen in todays globally linked world. To do this try and answer the following questions.

  • Where in the world do you think a similar scenario may happen? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think it would be allowed to happen again? Explain your answer.
  • What factors may prevent Malthus's theory from happening again.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Criterion B: Investigating

Criterion C: Communicating

Criterion D: Thinking Critically

Activity Four - Evaluations and Reflections

Complete the grid in the link below as you listen to the different presentations.

Easter Island Evaluations - Year 11