Lesson Plan 1: Nine Men’s Morris Historical/Cultural Perspective



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Historical/Cultural Perspectives: This game is the Indonesian version of marbles and is very popular with the boys.
Objective: TSW will they game and after the game the students will compare and contract the similarities and differences between the Western version and the Indonesian version.
Materials: An outside paved or cemented area, chalk, and marbles.
Procedure: Explain the rules to the game to the class while demonstrating. The class is separated into groups of four or six. Have one of the students draw a small circle on the ground for each group. Have players put one of their marbles within the circle. Have each player drop another outside of the circle. The person with the marble furthest from the circle goes first. The goal of the first student is to use the marble outside of the circle (the striker) to hit the marbles within the circle and knocking them outside of the circle. After hitting the marble outside of the circle the striker must also come to rest outside of the circle. If the striker stays inside of the circle it must remain within the circle and the player that owns that marble must give up that marble. If the player is successful and is able to knock out one of his opponents’ marbles out of the ring, than he is able to continue his turn. If he is able to hit his opponent’s striker marble than he ale to take that marble and his opponent is no longer able to finish the current game. If he misses his opponents’ striker marble, than he looses his turn and another player can have a turn.
Assessment: Have a classroom discussion between the similarities and differences between the western world’s version and the Indonesians version and participation in the game. Observation sheet based on level of participation on a 0-2 scale: 0-non-particpation 1-some participation 2- full participation in activity, and an anecdotal record based on behavior during activity.


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