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-one semester-

COMPETENCIES and Suggested Objectives

the following competencies will each be addressed through the study of Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Middle America, North America, and South America.

1.   Explain the absolute and relative location of positions of people and places in the Earth’s surface.  (C, H, G, E)

a.       Describe locations in terms of relationships with other locations

    (e.g., Korea, China, Russia, Cuba, United States, etc.).

b.       Explain how location influences activities and processes that occur in different places (e.g., United States and Middle East oil policies, etc.).

c.       Review how knowledge of locations and their characteristics is a key factor in understanding human interdependence and/or conflicts.

d.       Identify the location of major water bodies and landmasses (e.g., Balkan Peninsula, Iberian Peninsula, Asia Minor, Subcontinent of India, etc.).

e.       Discuss maps and globes as a primary geographic tool.

f.         Distinguish among various map projections and discuss how map projections distort perceptions of relationships on the earth (e.g., Robinson, Peters, Mercator, etc.).

g.       Locate and label major countries of the world on a political map.

h.       Locate and label the U.S. states on a map.

2.   Describe the relationship among people, places, and environments by mapping information about them.  (C, H, G, E)

a.       Use maps and other geographical tools to acquire, process, and report information (e.g., special purpose maps:  population, immigration, political conflicts, etc.).

b.       Use mental maps to organize information.

c.       Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on the Earth’s surface.

3.   Recognize that the identities and lives of people and individuals are rooted in particular places and regions.  (C, H, G, E)

a.       Identify human and physical characteristics of places.

b.       Identify various types of regions.

c.       Discuss how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

4.   Describe how human settlements and structure are part of the Earth’s surface.  C, H, G, E)

a.       Describe characteristics, distribution, and migration of human population on the Earth’s surface.

b.       Discuss the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of various cultural groups (e.g., cultural diversity, religious differences, social economics, etc.).

c.       Explain the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.

5.    Evaluate how the physical environment is modified by human activities.

a.       Cite examples of how human activities affect the physical environment (e.g., dust bowl, oil/petroleum industry, etc.).

b.       Describe the ways in which human societies use the Earth’s natural resources (e.g., timber, coal, oil, iron, land, fishing, etc.).

c.       Explain how human activities are influenced by the Earth’s physical features and process.

6.   Appraise how humans compete for control of Earth’s surface.

a.       Discuss the role of cooperation and conflict in shaping events (e.g., NATO, SEATO, UN, etc.).

b.       Analyze patterns and networks of economic interdependence (e.g., NAFTA, EEC/EU, CIS, OPEC, WTO, etc.).

6.     Demonstrate the ability to apply and interpret social studies tools (e.g., timelines, maps, globes, graphs, charts, a compass, technology, primary and secondary documents, political cartoons).

      a.   Interpret special purpose maps.

     b.   Analyze information on graphs, charts, tables, and timelines.

      c.   Analyze political cartoons.

      d.               Utilize primary and secondary sources.