The famous Kon-Tiki expedition that took place in 1947 had an important aim: to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that ‘something’ was possible. What was the purpose? Was the venture successful? What conclusions can be drawn from it? Do your research and find out.
Structures you will need to use
· The past tenses
· The passive forms of the above
· Cause and effect structures
· Prepositions of place and direction
· Past forms of modals if you have covered them, and words like ‘perhaps, probably and maybe’ if you have not
· In your introduction, discuss the ancient Peruvian peoples and introduce the theory that they were widely travelled.
· In your development, introduce Thor Heyerdahl’s theory, describe the Kon-Tiki and state Heyerdahl’s purpose in setting out on the journey. Then describe the journey briefly. In the second developmental paragraph explain what we can deduce from this experiment.,
· In your conclusion, discuss the importance of such endeavors in increasing our understanding of past civilizations.
This is what the journey looked like
· Great Voyages: Thor Heyerdahl and Kon Tiki: A Grand Experiment in Archaeology
Reading material to annotate
· “Kon-Tiki” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki
· “The Kon-Tiki expedition” http://www.coopertoons.com/caricatures/kontikiexpedition.html
· “Thor Herdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition” http://www.sciences360.com/index.php/thor-heyerdahls-kon-tiki-expedition-13358/
· “American Indians in the Pacific: A 50 year retrospective of the Kon Tiki expedition” http://community.plu.edu/~ryandp/AIP.html (This text is for advanced students covering this task)
Videos and documentaries to watch and make notes on
- “The Kon-Tiki Expedition” http://vimeo.com/49401742 (Oscar for best documentary – 1951)
· “The Tangoroa expedition (the Kon –Tiki expedition) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29waAjmbO2w