Ch 17: Human Geography - The Geography of Languages, Religions, and Material Culture: Help and Review

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The Geography of Languages, Religions and Material Culture chapter of this Human Geography Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the geography of languages, religions and material culture. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the geography of languages, religions and material culture.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering human geography material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn human geography. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding various types of religions and language regions
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the geography of languages, religions and material culture
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Geography of Languages, Religions and Material Culture chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Geography of Languages, Religions and Material Culture chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any geography of languages, religions and material culture question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a geography of languages, religions and material culture unit of a standard human geography course. Topics covered include:

  • Dialect geography
  • The world's major languages and written languages
  • Key religious concepts
  • Monotheism, nontheism, animism and shamanism
  • Relationship of material culture to geography

17 Lessons in Chapter 17: Human Geography - The Geography of Languages, Religions, and Material Culture: Help and Review
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Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

1. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

2. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

3. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

4. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

5. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

6. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

7. Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

In this lesson, we look at the basics of animism and shamanism and why these categories can be controversial. You'll imagine the conversations among anthropologists as they aim to better understand these beliefs.

Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

8. Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

In this lesson, you'll consider why geographers take an interest in the religions of people around the world. We'll also discuss how conflicts arise between groups with different beliefs and experiences.

Cultural Artifact: Definition & Examples

9. Cultural Artifact: Definition & Examples

What does an ancient fertility goddess figurine have in common with a smartphone? What do these items reveal about the civilizations who produced them? This lesson explains what we can learn about people by examining the objects they have made or used in their society.

Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

10. Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the study of material objects, and how they take on meaning in a culture. You'll learn about insights that can be gained by studying material culture and consider examples, such as cell phones, bicycles, and the Stanley Cup trophy.

The Bible and Literature

11. The Bible and Literature

In this lesson, we'll explore the idea of allusions in literature, particularly allusions to the Bible. When we understand the stories in the Bible, we'll recognize references to them in other types of literature we read.

What Are Spanish Transition Words?

12. What Are Spanish Transition Words?

Transition words help connect ideas and show the relationship between a main idea and a supporting detail. They also improve oral conversation. Let's discuss the importance of these words and various examples you can incorporate into your Spanish writing.

Spanish Culture: Customs, Facts & Food

13. Spanish Culture: Customs, Facts & Food

Spanish culture is rich in history with its unique customs and delicious food. This lesson highlights the country's popular traditions, provides some interesting trivia, ending with an overview of the most delicious foods from Spain.

Spanish-Speaking Countries & Capitals

14. Spanish-Speaking Countries & Capitals

Did you know that there are 21 countries around the world that speak Spanish as the official language? This lesson explores the countries and capitals where Spanish is spoken.

Ano Nuevo Spanish Holiday

15. Ano Nuevo Spanish Holiday

If you happen to be in a Spanish-speaking country for New Year's Day, ''Año Nuevo'', then it would be useful to know the traditions and activities that are celebrated on this day. In this lesson, you'll learn key Spanish words related to the festivity.

Holidays in Spanish Speaking Countries

16. Holidays in Spanish Speaking Countries

Spanish speaking countries have holiday celebrations just like every other country. When we share some of the same holidays, you might be surprised to see how different these holidays are celebrated. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most important holidays to these peoples.

Countries That Speak Spanish

17. Countries That Speak Spanish

The use of language gives us the ability to connect with others on a more personal and cultural level. Learning Spanish opens up communication to millions of people in many different countries. With that type of communicating power, the possibilities are endless!

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