Daily Assignments: Past and Current Unit Content
**Please keep in mind, students are always able to improve their grade on a test or assignment in my class. If a student wants to improve their grade they should discuss this with me as soon as they are able. I will not offer "extra credit" work, but I will give the student an opportunity to relearn what they do not understand before reassessing.**
First Week: Introduction to Contemporary World Societies
Major Themes: Geography, Culture, Government, Economics
TOUR OF THE WORLD VIDEO
Unit 1: Basic Map Orientation and Tools
Latitude, Longitude, Equator, Prime Meridian, Compass Rose, Cardinal Directions, Map Scale, Hemisphere's, Absolute Location, Continents
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS Worksheet
Continents and Oceans (Continents Quiz, Oceans Quiz)
Latitude review slide 1, slide 2, slide 3, slide 4
Longitude review slide 1, slide 2, slide 3
Examples on a Flat Map: Latitude, Longitude, Using Coordinates
Hemispheres, Absolute Location
Reteach, Retest over 9/2-9/9 material
Practice estimating the Absolute Location of various cities on this FLAT MAP
Review (textbook exercise)
UNDERSTANDING THEMATIC MAPS: Notes and Practice Worksheet
What is Economic Activity? Answer: The making, buying, and selling of goods and services.
What are Physical Features on Physical Feature Maps? Elevation of the land (ex: lowlands, mountains, etc), rivers, oceans, etc.
What is meant by "urban" population on population density maps?
Thematic Maps and Descriptions
Physical Features = Landforms
Examples of Physical Features
Practice MATCHING the term with the land form. Answers
Can you find these Physical Features on a Physical Features MAP?
Vegetation Zone NOTES
QUIZ over Vegetation Zones
Political Map, Population Density Map, Vegetation Zone Map, and Economic Activity Maps:
EXAMPLES OF THESE MAP TYPES: From the perspective of Latin America
Population Density Maps Explained
Population Density tells how crowded a place is. To calculate the density of a place, geographers divide the total number of people living there by the location’s total land area. POPULATION / LAND AREA = POPULATION DENSITY
Unit 2: Human Geography: Government and Economics
Government is about LEADERSHIP
Understanding Government: One of our major themes
Concepts and Vocabulary to Understand: Government, Structure of Government, Revolution, Constitution
These Concepts will be a springboard into our study of North America.
What is Government? The person, or group of people, who have decision-making power.
Limited vs. Unlimited Government: A government that has total control in a country and does not have to answer to the citizens of that country, is an Unlimited Government - because their power over that country has no limits. If the country only has power that the people of that country give them, or allow them to have, then that is an example of a Limited government - because their are limits to their power and control over the people of that country.
The power of a government can be in the hands of one person, a small group of people, or all of the people in that country.
Autocracy: Ruled by ONE
Oligarchy: Ruled by FEW
Democracy: Ruled by MANY (or ALL)
UNDERSTANDING THE BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
What are the roles and responsibilities of each branch?
BILL OF RIGHTS VIDEO
First 10 Amendments (changes/additions) to the Constitution
CHECKS AND BALANCES VIDEO
Understand what checks and balances are, and be able to give a couple of examples.
UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION VIDEO
Terms and Concepts: Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Structure of Government, Checks and Balances, Republic/Representative Democracy, Congress
Brainpop quiz over the USA branches of Government (must login to brainpop): US Government - Branches of Government
Economics and Government are two different subjects. Government has to do with LEADERSHIP, and Economics has to do with MONEY. However, they do have a relationship.
The Subject of Economics has to do with:
- The PRODUCTION (or the making) of GOODS
- The DISTRIBUTION (or spreading out/selling) of GOODS
- The BUYING and SELLING of GOODS and SERVICES
- And Economics answers the question: "Who is in control of all of these things?" (Who is in control of production and distribution of goods, and the buying and selling of goods and services)
If the answer to the question "who is in control" is CITIZENS (in other words - the people of a country) it would make sense that citizens have a lot of freedom in that country to make, buy, and sell whatever they want. If that is true, what does that tell you about what type of GOVERNMENT that country has? Do you think the government is a LIMITED or UNLIMITED government? What type of government would people have more freedoms? Also, do you think that country might have a constitution? Why or why not?
If the answer to that question is the GOVERNMENT, do you think the government would be a LIMITED or UNLIMITED government? Is there a constituion in that country that limits the power of government and outlines the freedoms of its citizens?
Economic Activity and the Economy:
NOTES AND VIDEO (ONLY NEED TO WATCH THE FIRST 6:30min - Introduction to CREDIT)
Unit 3: Canada and The United States
IMPORTANT TERMS to know moving forward in this class:
Custom, Urbanization, Ethnic Groups, Limited Government, Cultural Diffusion, Globalization, Culture, Rights, Refugees, Interdependence, Absolute Monarchy, Unlimited Government
STUDY THESE HERE. (Must be logged into Quizlet)
Physical Features Map Basic Concepts: Erosion, Tectonic Movement, Glaciation, and Volcanic Activity
Canada Country Profile
Canada Profile 2 (More Detail!)
NOTES AND WORKSHEET
Canada Video and Questions
NOTES: Including historical, cultural, and economic information.
NOTES including Democracy, Oligarchy, and Autocracy.
GOVERNMENT TYPES VIDEO
MAP OF LATIN AMERICA:
This is the same map we use for assessments (Canada and the US not visible).
By the end of the fall semester you should be able to identify the following by sight:
Puerto Rico (US)
Trinidad & Tobago
ADDITIONAL MAPS OF LATIN AMERICA: (Includes - Blank map, Political & Physical Features map, Vegetation Zones map, and Economic Activity map)
Unit 4: Latin America
Latin America refers to the region that includes countries south of the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and the continent of South America. Therefore, this is a term that includes countries from two different continents.
G.D.P. - Gross Domestic Product
UNDERSTANDING GDP - VIDEO 1 and VIDEO 2
Economic Development of Latin America:
NOTES AND WORKSHEET: (Terms: Standard of Living, Literacy Rate, GDP Per Capita, Life Expectancy, Ethnicity, and Industry)
Define Standard of Living and Economic Development.
What does Economic Development have to do with Standard of Living?
Is their a correlation (connection) between Economic Development and Life Expectancy? If so, describe the correlation.
How is GDP Per Capita calculated, and how does this help us understand Economic Development?
ECONOMICS CARTOON: OVERVIEW OF GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THE U.S.
How is our Economic freedom a good fit for our system of Government?
What events in our country could cause major economic setbacks?
What responsibility do citizens have when these setbacks occur?
COUNTRY PROFILES for Latin American Countries
AMAZON RAINFOREST CONFLICTS: Notes
The 6 people groups in these notes have differing views on how to use the land and resources in the Amazon Rainforest.
Study each group and understand their point of view.
Analyse the 6 different views using these questions: Q1, Q2, Q3, & Q4.
Unit 5: Europe
CultureGrams Website (Works only on district computers)
MAPS OF EUROPE: (Includes - Blank map, Political & Physical Features map, Population Density map, and Economic Activity map)
You should be able to identify the countries in italics:
MAPPING AND HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
The Industrial Revolution
The French Revolution
Comparing Post-Soviet Nations
Europe Research Project:
This project will include a grade for each of these categories pertaining to the respective country they are studying. 1) Geography, 2) History, 3) Government & Economy, and 4) Culture. Students were put into pairs by the teacher. Students then drew numbers out of a box and the lowest number was able to choose which country they wanted to research first. Once a country was chosen, no other group could choose that country.
Project DETAILS and grading RUBRIC
Research was done on the CultureGrams website via district computers (this site will not work on personal computers, or devices). If work is done at home, students should use the CIA WorldFactbook.
Unit 6: Southwestern Asia (Middle East)
Mapping the Middle East: Students should know the locations of each of these Middle Eastern countries.
Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E., Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the 7 "Stan's"
Mapping the Middle East, and terms to be familiar with.
Assignment 1: Understanding Physical Features of South Western Asia
Use THESE MAPS to answer the questions on the following pages:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8
Cultures of the Middle East
Changes to Europe after World War I
The war officially ended when Germany agreed to lay down its weapons on November 11, 1918. In 1919, the victorious Allies, led by Britain, France, and the United States, met in Paris to decide the fate of the empires they had defeated. Their decisions transformed Europe's borders. The Austro-Hungarian empire was carved up into six new countries. One of these, the awkwardly named Czechoslovakia, would split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992. The former Serbia was combined with territories annexed from Austria-Hungary to form Yugoslavia, a national home for South Slavic peoples. It, too, disintegrated in the early 1990s, producing several small nations that exist in the Balkans today. The Soviet Union lost some of the Russian Empire's former territory to the new Baltic states and to Poland. Poland, along with France, got chunks of Germany. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia are gone, but the other new states persist today, so it's fair to say that World War I set the contours for the modern European state system.