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Types of Human Settlements - Chapter Summary
Middle school students can watch the comprehensive video lessons in this chapter to examine the types of human settlements found in the United States and other parts of the world. They can explore how human settlements are defined, what types exist, why they have formed and how environmental factors can influence their activities. The video lessons also offer students insight into the concepts of inner cities, suburbs, central business districts and urban societies. Students have access to multiple-choice quizzes that assess how well they understand the lessons. Instructors are also available to answer any questions regarding this chapter.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities||Students explore the ways environmental factors and processes like bodies of water and weathering can influence human settlements.|
|Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented||Students can learn how cities have been formed by agriculture, hierarchy and the end of the Ice Age.|
|Human Settlements: Definition & Functions||With this lesson, students can define the human settlement and explore the benefits of living in one.|
|Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons||Students define and compare the different types of settlements.|
|Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad||Students study why geographers refer to downtown as the central business district and explore how its land is used inside and outside the United States.|
|U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges||Students can take a closer look at the geographical characteristics of the inner city along with is physical, social and economic challenges.|
|Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues||This lesson teaches students the geographical characteristics of suburbs along with issues they face like urban expansion and suburban segregation.|
|City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government||With this lesson, students can learn how the distribution of city land can be impacted by the economy, social factors or government action.|
|The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization||Students can analyze the rise of urban societies and where urbanization occurs today.|
|U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models||Students explore the ways people are distributed within urban areas through models like concentric zone, sector and multiple nuclei.|
|Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad||Students can learn how urban areas in the United States differ from those in other parts of the world.|
|Distribution of People in Rural Settlements||Students examine the ways people are distributed within rural areas.|
1. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities
After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.
2. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
3. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions
People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.
4. Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons
Most people don't live completely alone. They live in cities, towns, and rural areas near others. In this lesson, we'll examine types of human settlements, including common settlement designations and some of the challenges in categorizing settlements.
5. Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad
When people picture a city skyline, they are often picturing the downtown area. In this lesson, we'll explore downtown areas, including their relationship to the central business district of a city and characteristics of them.
6. U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges
When people use the phrase 'inner city,' what do they mean? What is the inner city? Watch this lesson to find out the formal and euphamistic definitions of inner city, including characteristics of and some issues facing inner city neighborhoods.
7. Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues
Many people want to live near a city but prefer the quiet and space offered outside the city. In this lesson, we'll explore suburbs in the United States, including the peripheral model, and trends, characteristics, and common issues of suburbs.
8. City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government
Land is at a premium in urban areas, and choices have to be made about how to use different parcels of city land. In this lesson, we'll look at different factors that affect city land use, including government, physical, social, and economic factors.
9. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization
People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.
10. U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models
How are cities organized? This is a central question that has been explored for almost a century. In this lesson, we'll look at three of the common models to explain urban structures in America: the Burgess model, the sector model, and the multiple nuclei model.
11. Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad
Much of the world's population lives in cities. But are they the same all over the world? In this lesson, we'll take a look at urban areas, including how different countries define an urban area and demographic differences in cities around the world.
12. Distribution of People in Rural Settlements
People live in many different environments, from big cities to isolation in the country. Watch this lesson to find out more about rural settlements, including the difference in urban and rural settlements and the pros and cons of rural settlements.
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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
- 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 Africa & the Middle East
- Geography of South Asia
- Geography of China, Japan & the Koreas
- Geography of Russia & Central Asia
- Geography of Australia & the Pacific Islands