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    • Pre Class
        • Draw a picture OR write five words that describe what comes to your mind when you think of the Middle East. (geography, culture, etc.)
    •  
    • Turkey’s Aegean Coast
    • Dome of the Rock, as seen through the qanatir (arcade), Jerusalem
    • Modern buildings along the Dubai Creek at night, Dubai
    • “ Mental Mapping” Are our “mental maps” of the world accurate?
    • What is a “mental map” ?
        • a person's personal point-of-view perception of their world
        • Geography, culture, values, etc.
      What influences the construction of our “mental maps” ?
    • Which countries have the best standard of living ? Iceland Japan Belgium Israel Kuwait United Arab Emirates Cuba Bahamas Venezuela Saudi Arabia Iran China South Africa India Nigeria Afghanistan DISCUSS AS A CLASS: What influenced your decisions?
    • Comparing Countries’ Characteristics: Analyzing Statistics
        • What are some statistics that experts use to determine a countries health/development?
    • Statistics you’ll be using…
      • GDP (purchasing power parity) - value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year
      • Per Capita GDP:
        • to find this figure, gross domestic product is divided by the country’s population. This figure shows what each person’s income would be if the country were divided equally. That is not usually the case.
      • Infant Mortality Rate:
        • the number of infants out of every 1,000 born who die before their first birthday.
      • Life Expectancy:
        • average number of years a person is expected to live. Because men and women have different life expectancies, figures for both genders are often provided.
      • Literacy Rate:
        • usually defined as the ability to read and write at the lower elementary school level. It is sometimes defined as the ability to read instruction necessary for a job.
      • School Life Expectancy: the total number of years of schooling that a child can expect to receive
    • You’ll also be looking for… Majority Religion Imports/Exports (top 2 commodities) Suffrage (Who can vote?) # Cell phones per person And one statistic of your choice and compare it to the United States!
    • Instructions for Today
        • Go to: CIA World Factbook and find the country you’ve been assigned
        • With your partner, gather the information and write it down on your worksheet.
        • Visit http://www.ifitweremyhome.com and select 3 facts to share with the class (comparing your country to the US).
    • Now let’s line it up!
        • GDP per capita
        • Life Expectancy
        • Men’s Literacy Rate
        • Women’s Literacy Rate
        • School Life Expectancy
        • Cell Phones per Person
        • Now… Most Developed to Least Developed
        • Let’s look at the US…
        • GDP Per Capita - $46,400 (2009 est.)
        • Life Expectancy - 78.11 years
        • Infant Mortality Rate - 6.22 deaths/1,000 live births
        • Literacy Rate:
          • total population: 99%
          • male: 99%
          • female: 99% (2003 est.)
        • Cell Phones per Person - 1.11
    • Let’s look at the US…
        • GDP Per Capita - $46,400 (2009 est.)
        • Life Expectancy - 78.11 years
        • Infant Mortality Rate - 6.22 deaths/1,000 live births
        • Literacy Rate:
          • total population: 99%
          • male: 99%
          • female: 99% (2003 est.)
        • Cell Phones per Person - 1.11
    • How do these countries stack up In the Human Development Report (HDR)? HDI= GDP, Life Expectancy, Literacy Rate 1-38 = Very High Human Development 39-83 = High Human Development 84-158 = Medium Human Development 159-182 = Low Human Development source: UN 3. Iceland 10. Japan 13. United States 27. Israel 31. Kuwait 35. United Arab Emirates 51. Cuba 52. Bahamas 58. Venezuela 59. Saudi Arabia 88. Iran 92. China 129. South Africa 134. India 158. Nigeria 181. Afghanistan
    • Closing Questions
        • What did you find out about the places that you would like to live? Did your “mental maps” match up with the actual standards of living in those countries?
        • Do you still view these countries in the same way? Would you change your list of countries where you’d like to live? Why? Why not?
        •   What can we possibly ignore by looking only at statistics?