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Geography of Africa & the Middle East - Chapter Summary
Use the video lessons in this chapter to help your middle school students learn more about the geography of the Middle East and Africa. The videos, usually no longer than 10 minutes, provide an overview of the cultural patterns, demographics, economic characteristics and major landforms in these regions. Students will learn to identify significant physical and human characteristics on a map and analyze geographic influences on migration patterns in the area. Students will also discover how climates impact the environment and examine the standard of living in Africa and Southwest Asia. The short and engaging lessons offer timelines that allow students jump to multiple topics within the videos. Lessons quizzes are also available to test their comprehension of the materials.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics of Africa & the Middle East||Students learn to identify the location of significant human and physical characteristics on a map of the Middle East and Africa.|
|Major Landforms of Africa & the Middle East||Students discover the major landforms of places and regions of the Middle East and Africa.|
|Geographic Influences on African & Middle Eastern Migration Patterns||Instructors help students analyze how past events and present conditions have been affected by physical and human geographic patterns and processes.|
|Demographics of Africa & the Middle East||Students can determine the level of development and standard of living in Southwest Asia and Africa by analyzing data.|
|Cultural Patterns of Africa & the Middle East||In this lesson, students compare patterns of culture like language, religion and land use that make Africa and the Middle East distinctive.|
|Economic Opportunities for Minorities & Women in Africa & the Middle East||Students explore economic opportunities for woman and religious minorities in different cultures throughout Africa and the Middle East.|
|Major Climates in Africa & the Middle East||Students analyze how hazardous or abnormal environmental conditions impact the environment and explore the types of climate in the area in terms of patterns of temperature, wind and precipitation.|
|The Economies of Africa & the Middle East||This lesson helps students describe the economic characteristics of places and regions in the Middle East and Africa.|
|Impact of Resources on the Movement of Products, Capital & People in Africa & the Middle East||Students examine patterns of movement of products, capital and people in the Middle East and Africa are impacted by the creation of resources.|
|Distribution of Plants & Animals in Africa & the Middle East||Instructors help students understand the distribution of plants and animals in Africa and the Middle East using relations among geology, soil, vegetation and climate.|
|Comparing Life in Different Locations in Africa & the Middle East||Students compare life in several cities and nations in Africa and the Middle East to take a closer look at relationships in involved in environmental, political and social changes.|
1. Mapping the Physical & Human Characteristics of Africa & the Middle East
Many of the first settlements in Africa and the Middle East have been continuously inhabited for more than 10,000 years. Are we just sentimental, or did our ancestors do that good of a job of picking places to live? This lesson answers that question.
2. Major Landforms of Africa & the Middle East
If you look at satellite maps of Africa and the Middle East, it seems that the only thing they have in common are deserts. However, as this lesson proves, that is far from the actual case.
3. Geographic Influences on African & Middle Eastern Migration Patterns
Sure, landforms affect the development of societies in many ways, but did you know that they even can play into how culture unfolds? In this lesson, learn how landforms have affected culture in Africa and the Middle East.
4. Demographics of Africa & the Middle East
Despite being very different places, there is a great deal of similarity in demographics between the Middle East and Africa. This lesson takes a look at those similarities, especially those that are at the root of current disagreements.
5. Cultural Patterns of Africa & the Middle East
Although Africa and the Middle East have different regional cultural patterns, these patterns share some common or universal aspects. In this lesson, we'll touch upon the highlights of these cultural patterns, including those related to language, religion, land use and education.
6. Economic Opportunities for Minorities & Women in Africa & the Middle East
Economic development has improved in recent years in the Middle East and Africa, but what about opportunities for women and minorities? This lesson shows that, while there has been progress for these groups, it has been far from perfect.
7. Major Climates in Africa & the Middle East
When you think of the climate of the Middle East, you probably think of deserts. With Africa, you think of deserts, the savanna, and jungles. However, as this lesson shows, there are surprising similarities between the two.
8. The Economies of Africa & the Middle East
Africa routinely tops the list of poorest continents, yet it has seen numerous people become billionaires. Meanwhile, there are camel herders in the Middle East who drive $80,000 SUVs. This lesson will help make sense of the economic activities of these two regions.
9. Impact of Resources on the Movement of Products, Capital & People in Africa & the Middle East
The Middle East and Africa have some of the areas with the greatest population densities in the world, as well as some of the lowest. This lesson helps explain such patterns in the Middle East and Africa.
10. Distribution of Plants & Animals in Africa & the Middle East
Humans have had a lot of influence on their surroundings in Africa and the Middle East, from causing deforestation to hunting out entire species of animals. In this lesson, learn how plants and wildlife have been distributed in these regions.
11. Comparing Life in Different Locations in Africa & the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East have over 1.4 billion people, so daily life across these regions is really diverse. This lesson takes a look at four locations to demonstrate just how much diversity those regions display.
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Other chapters within the Geography: Middle School course
- Introduction to Geography
- Tools Used in Geography
- Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks
- Weathering and Erosion
- Rock Deformation and Mountain Building
- Ground Water
- Running Bodies of Water
- The Earth-Sun Relationship
- Solar Radiation & Energy
- Global Temperature Patterns & The Atmosphere
- Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
- Atmospheric, Weather & Wind Patterns
- Atmospheric Moisture, Precipitation & Clouds
- Weather Events
- Geomorphology of Arid Regions
- Oceans & Coasts
- Geologic Time
- The Origin and Dispersal of Humans and Culture
- The Impact of Geography on Language & Culture
- The Environment & Human Populations
- The Domestication of Plants & Animals
- The Global Distribution & Characteristics of Soil
- Geography of Land Resources
- Human Movement & Spatial Processes
- Types of Human Settlements
- Ethnicity & Geography
- Modern Economic Systems
- The Economy & Geography
- Political Geography
- Impact of Humans on the Environment
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food and Agriculture
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment
- Understanding Geography Using Maps
- The Impact of Religion on Geography
- Early Human Civilizations
- World Conflicts & Geography
- Geography of North America
- Geography of the U.S.
- Geography of Canada
- Geography of the Caribbean & Central & South America
- Geography of Europe
- Geography of South Asia
- Geography of China, Japan & the Koreas
- Geography of Russia & Central Asia
- Geography of Australia & the Pacific Islands