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Ch 8: Virginia SOL - World Geography: Urban Geography

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Let us help you reinforce your knowledge of urban geography topics with these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Our review is designed to help you meet grade 9 standards and pass the Virginia Standard of Learning (SOL) World Geography exam.

Virginia SOL-World Geography: Urban Geography - Chapter Summary

The lessons comprising this chapter offer detailed overviews of urban development, inner cities, urban societies and human settlements to help you demonstrate proficiency in these history/social science topics. You will go over key term definitions, characteristics and examples to ensure your full understanding of this material as you prepare for the Virginia SOL World Geography exam. Reviewing these short video lessons results in:

  • Relating the history of city development
  • Defining types of human settlements
  • Differentiating between urban and rural settlements
  • Identifying factors impacting city land use
  • Explaining aspects of the central place theory
  • Discussing the characteristics of U.S. suburbs
  • Describing modern trends in urbanization and the rise of urban and suburban development
  • Detailing facts about inner cities in the U.S.
  • Noting the differences of urban areas in various countries around the world
  • Examining the components of urban areas
  • Understanding urban structure models

You can watch entire video lessons, if needed, or simply jump to those topics where you need the most review by using a timeline feature. You might also print and use the lesson transcripts as helpful reference tools. Determine your readiness in taking the Virginia SOL World Geography exam by taking the self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson, which utilize the same multiple-choice format you'll find on the actual test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Virginia SOL - World Geography: Urban Geography
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Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

1. 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.

Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

2. 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.

Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

3. 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.

Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons

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.

City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

5. 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.

Service Distribution: Central Place Theory & Market-Area Analysis

6. Service Distribution: Central Place Theory & Market-Area Analysis

This lesson seeks to explain the central place theory and market area analysis. In doing this, we will highlight range, threshold, competition, and transportation.

Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues

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.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

8. 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.

Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

9. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.

U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges

10. 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.

Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad

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.

Metropolitan Area, Physical City & City Center

12. Metropolitan Area, Physical City & City Center

Millions of people live in cities around the world, but what exactly are the different sections of an urban area? In this lesson, we'll explore the components of an urban area, including metropolitan area, physical city, and city center.

Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad

13. 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.

U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models

14. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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