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Geography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Students may know how to read maps but may not know how to study them as artifacts of human cultures. This lesson plan introduces students to both physical and cultural geography and helps them form new ways of thinking about the world around us.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic goals and tenets of geography as a discipline
  • Explain the similarities and differences between physical and cultural geography
  • Critically discuss how geography reflects human ideas about space and place

Length

90-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.B

Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

Materials

  • Copies of lesson quiz.
  • A map of the world (possibly the globe view of Google Maps)
  • A collection of maps that have different focuses or representations of space

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