Geography Now! Maldives

The Maldives is the world's lowest country—at least when it comes to elevation—but it's home to some of the highest-priced resorts. The atolls aren't all inhabited with luxury bungalows, and some of the island nation's more genuine spots are populated by people expressing the country's unique seafaring culture. A video resource profiles Asia's smallest state by land area that has become a large tourist destination. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to stimulate discussion of the impact of tourism on local cultures
Classroom Considerations

  • Fits as number 108 of the Countries A-Z series
  • Narrator characterizes unfamiliar aspects of Maldives as strange, which some may consider ethnocentric
Pros

  • Pictures of lush scenery intrigue learners
  • Maps and graphics help viewers understand geographical concepts
  • Narrator is humorous and engaging
Cons

  • Ad interrupts streaming
  • Does not fully explain the references to tsunami