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Building a Better World Geography Course

  1. 1. Building a BetterWorld Geography Class
  2. 2. National Geographic-Roper Survey (2006) 63% cannot find Iraq on a map of the Middle East 88% cannot find Afghanistan on a map of Asia*Americans ages 18-24
  3. 3. National Geographic-Roper Survey (2006) Language # N ative S peakers Mandarin 845 mill. Spanish 329 mill.74% believe English is most common English 328 mill. native language in the world*Americans ages 18-24
  4. 4. National Geographic-Roper Survey (2006) 48% believe India has a majority Muslim population Hindu Muslim Christian, Sikh, Other*Americans ages 18-24
  5. 5. Grade 6: World Geography“Sixth graders systematically study the world outside of the United States and North America by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. Students systematically learn geography around the world continent by continent, similar to the way in which atlases are organized. They also learn about each continent in an order that reflects, first, the early development of the river valley civilizations and then the later development of maritime civilizations in the Mediterranean area and in Northern and Western Europe.”**Massachusetts Department of Education, “Massachusetts History and Social Studies Curriculum Framework,” August 2003, 13.
  6. 6. Students will study the world outsideof the United States and NorthAmerica
  7. 7. Whatabout us?
  8. 8. Students will study the world outsideof the United States and NorthAmericaStudents will learn geographycontinent by continent
  9. 9. What is aContinent?
  10. 10. What is aContinent?
  11. 11. Students will study the world outsideof the United States and NorthAmericaStudents will learn geographycontinent by continentStudents will study each continent inorder of civilization
  12. 12. AfricaWestern Asia (the Middle East) Central and South Asia Southeast Asia and Oceania North and East Asia Europe South America
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  14. 14. AfricaWestern Asia (the Middle East) Central and South Asia Southeast Asia and Oceania North and East Asia Europe South America
  15. 15. Grade 6: World Geography“Sixth graders systematically study the world outside of the United States and North America by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. Students systematically learn geography around the world continent by continent, similar to the way in which atlases are organized. They also learn about each continent in an order that reflects, first, the early development of the river valley civilizations and then the later development of maritime civilizations in the Mediterranean area and in Northern and Western Europe.”**Massachusetts Department of Education, “Massachusetts History and Social Studies Curriculum Framework,” August 2003, 13.
  16. 16. Building a Better World Geography ClassTheme-based units Civilization & Early Empires Religion & Beliefs Natural Resources & Trade Colonization & Independence Global Conflict Population & Food Supply World Economy
  17. 17. Building a Better World Geography ClassMap QuizzesMind Map TestsCurrent EventsGoogle MapsActivities from PBS Smithsonian Nat. Geo.
  18. 18. Building a BetterWorld Geography Class

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