Presentation on theme: "The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural."— Presentation transcript:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. Cultural heritage refers to monuments, groups of buildings and properties with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. Natural heritage refers to outstanding physical, biological and geological formations, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants and areas with scientific, conservation or aesthetic value.
Imagine that you work for the United Nations. Your job is to prepare a report that recommends including a landmark for World Heritage Listing. It can be a cultural or natural landmark. As part of your study of another country, begin to research an important natural or cultural landmark that you think would be worth a recommendation. Use the investigation model to help you shape, organize and construct the types of questions about the landmark. Answering the questions and following the investigation process will help you prepare the basic information and data you need for your report. Use the report scaffold to shape and organize your ideas and research material. Remember - the future of an important landmark in your hands!
To be included on the World Heritage List, a property must satisfy the selection criteria adopted by the Committee. A cultural monument: could be a masterpiece of creative genius; have exerted great architectural influence; be associated with ideas or beliefs of universal significance; or it may be an outstanding example of a traditional way of life that represents a certain culture. A natural property: may exemplify major stages of the earth's history; represent ongoing ecological and biological processes; contain the natural habitats of endangered animals; or it may be a setting of exceptional beauty.
Focus Habit of Mind Questioning and Posing Problems. Things to remember: Have a questioning attitude Know what data you need Develop questioning strategies to produce data.
1. What event or idea do I wish to explain? 2. What do people already know? 3. What confusions do people have about the event or idea? 4. What suggestions do I have for clearing up the confusions? 5. How do I defend my suggestions?
The Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens were designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The building and grounds were designed by Joseph Reed. The building is constructed of brick and timber, steel and slate. The property is typical of the international exhibition movement which saw over 50 exhibitions staged between 1851 and 1915 in venues including Paris, New York, Vienna, Calcutta, Kingston (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile). All shared a common theme and aims: to chart progress through displays of industry from all nations. Listed 2004
The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong ('sea cow') and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction. Listed 1981
Use data to support your conclusions, arguments and assumptions. Consider alternative points of view. Try to link your ideas and understandings. Remember to write clearly in order to best explain the reasoning for your recommendation. You are trying to convince UNESCO that your landmark is worth preserving for the benefit of the whole world community.
Why should your landmark be accepted? What is the significance of your landmark? Why should the world care? In what ways is your landmark unique? What did you learn about questions? What was difficult about posing a question? How did you know if a question was worthwhile? What questions were hard to answer? Why?