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Geography for Life, 2nd Quarter

00.0 Introduction to this Class (Geography for Life)

Course Description

Geography is described as the study of the "why of the where."

Geography for Life explores how to use geography as a tool to better understand the world in which we live. Students learn to evaluate and question the why and where of spatial perceptions that are read, seen, and heard.

The curriculum is best understood when using these geographic themes: location, place, movement, region, and human-environmental interaction.

Geography for Life is designed as a semester course, and includes map skills with physical and human geography essentials, beginning with North America, South America, Europe, and their connections to other world regions.

Class Overview

Geography for Life Credit: This quarter of Geography generates 0.25 credit if completed successfully. Students, this is your opportunity to learn responsibility. This is YOUR grade and YOUR life, and you need to learn to do things for YOURSELF. Since you are the one taking the class, you should be the one talking to me and asking me questions about the assignments. This class is YOUR responsibility. If we run into a problem that we can't resolve together, I am happy to visit with your parents.

How to get started

All assignments will be turned in online.

  • Please use Microsoft Word when doing your assignments. Please bold or change the color of your answers so that they are easy to read.
  • Make sure to keep extra copies of your work in case you have to re-submit them due to computer glitches.
  • You will upload your assignments on the assignment submission page. Please be sure to submit the correct assignment to the correct page. 

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** Please put my e-mail address in your address book so that my messages to you and the class will not automatically go to the spam folder. Also, please do not send me messages you are forwarding to your friends. 

00.00.01 About Me (Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 10 points possible 10 minutes

About Me Assignment Read the information on the "Start Here" page and answer these questions. As you complete assignments in this course you should use proper spelling and grammar. Please capitalize the beginnings of sentences and all proper nouns. Please proofread all of your assignments. You should also make sure you include both the questions and the answers in each assignment. The answers should be bolded or in a different color than the questions. Please just choose one color for all of your answers and do not use light colors, like yellow.

  1. Which school do you attend and in what grade are you?
  2. Why are you taking this course from EHS?
  3. Take the day you started this course and add ten weeks—now look at the Friday of that week. This is the day you will need to have all of your work turned in and your final exam completed. What day is your completion date and how will you remember the day?
  4. List a phone number and e-mail address to contact you. List a phone number and e-mail address to contact your parent(s)/guardian(s).
  5. Write a paragraph telling me about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?
  6. What is your favorite place you have lived or visited? What did you like about this place?

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 1 of your enrollment date for this class.


00.01.01 Student Software Needs

 

Students need access to a robust internet connection and a modern web browser.

This class may also require the Apple QuickTime plug-in to view media.

For students using a school-issued Chromebook, ask your technical support folks to download the QuickTime plug-in and enable the plug-in for your Chromebook.

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05.00 Africa(Geo4Life2)

Africa
Composed satellite photograph of Africa.: NASA image, public domainComposed satellite photograph of Africa.: NASA image, public domain
You are about to experience the amazing continent of Africa! You may already have some images in your mind as you think about Africa. You'll want to keep paper and pencil in hand and take notes as you read through the material. Note-taking will help you in your assignments as well as give you the information you will need to pass the quiz at the end. You CAN use your notes or search the Internet on all the quizzes. The quizzes will be EASY as long as you have taken notes. If you find words you don't know the meaning of, take a minute to look them up. The information will make more sense to you and you will probably find those words again in the assignment or on the quiz. Now...back to Africa!

The oldest human bones and fossils ever discovered were found in Africa, giving it the title "birthplace of the human race." Africa is also the second-largest continent, but has the most countries of any continent. To begin our exploration of Africa, we’ll study its physical geography, history, people, culture and current issues.

05.01 Africa(Geo4Life2)

Read through the Africa.pdf. Take notes as you read--it will help you with the quiz at the end. 

05.01.01 A Trip Across Africa(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 90 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.01.01

Content Objective: Investigate the human and physical characteristics along a route through Africa

A Trip Across Africa You've been introduced to Africa in the content area of the class. Now let's get in a jeep and head across the land itself in this next assignment. Watch out for charging rhinos! Before you begin your journey, you will need some resources. You will be writing an essay describing the land, vegetation and animals you will see as you travel south along the 20th degree meridian. Pretend that you are planning an overland journey. You will begin in northern Africa at Banghazi, Libya and travel along the 20th East meridian directly south to the tip of South Africa. You will follow that 20th east meridian closely. In your essay, you will describe: Climate map of Africa: Image from Wikimedia Commons, Ingoman, public domainClimate map of Africa: Image from Wikimedia Commons, Ingoman, public domain

  • the countries you will go through
  • important lines of latitude you will cross
  • the natural features such as rivers, lakes, deserts or mountains you will cross or see on your journey
  • climate and vegetation
  • at least three animals you might want to take a picture of that you have never heard of before

Use the following links to help you write your essay. Feel free to search the Internet for more information. Be thorough in your research, and be sure to include ALL the information requested in the question. Write the description in paragraph form using complete sentences and giving lots of details. Vegetation of Africa map: Wikimedia Commons, Ville Koistinen, CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 GenericVegetation of Africa map: Wikimedia Commons, Ville Koistinen, CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 1 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.01.02 Political map of Africa(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 90 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.01.02

Content Objective: Identify the location of African countries and capitals

Image from Wikimedia Commons, public domainImage from Wikimedia Commons, public domain Political Map Introduction: Whew! After all that work traveling across Africa, you would think you are done, but there is a bit more to do yet! It’s fun to learn about different cultures and ways of life. We’ve landed in Africa, but where? There are 58 countries in Africa, with over one-thousand different languages and dialects and many different ethnic groups. To explore such a large area will take far too much time! You will begin by labeling all the different countries in Africa as well as important geographical elements. However, you will get to visit ONE country when you explore on your own, so keep your eye out and find one that sounds interesting to you. Perhaps it will be Egypt with its legacy of ancient pharaohs and pyramids. Perhaps it will be drought-stricken Somalia or Kenya and its popular game preserve "Masai Mara." For now, we’ll begin with mapping Africa. At the end of this activity, you will be able to recognize and label the many countries of Africa, as well as practice your map-making skills! To begin, go to the link below to print out or download an outline map. Then use the second link for the information you need to fill in your map! A political map defines boundaries of countries and labels the countries and their capitals. Each country is a different color so that it is easier to see the boundaries. Hopefully, you have printed out the outline map of Africa from the resource listed in the syllabus. After you have printed the outline map, label each country in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Then, label the capital cities in regular text, ie. "Cairo." Materials:

A blank outline map of Africa Computer drawing program OR Colored pencils or crayons Dark pens

Assignment:

Print/download the outline map of Africa. Using a map as your guide, label EACH country in Africa with a dark pen in ALL CAPITALS. (See link below, or do a search) Make a star at EACH capital city of each country in dark pen and label using regular text, ie. "Cairo" in Egypt. After labeling each country, color each country a different hue to create a political map of Africa. One hint: If you are working by hand, be NEAT and write LEGIBLY (so I can read it!) just like a cartographer would. If using a computer program, DO NOT just copy and paste a completed map--that would not help you learn anything.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 1 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.01.03 Map Projections (Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.01.03

Content Objective: Explain the differences between major types of map projections

The only way to perfectly view the size, distance and shape of countries on the Earth is to view it as a 3D globe shape. Imagine a globe blown up like a balloon, if you pop the balloon and flatten it out it will not form a perfect rectangle naturally, you would need to stretch it and manipulate it.  When you look at a map on a piece of paper, in a book or even on a wall in a classroom it has been distorted to flatten it out. The distortions make some countries look bigger or small than they really are in comparison to one another.

Throughout the past several centuries cartographers (map makers) have used their skills to draw the Earth on flat maps in an attempt to best represent what the world actually looks like.  The different maps are called projections. Different map projections serve different purposes. Some work well for navigation and others work well to demonstrate political boundaries or show the relative size of countries. There is not one perfect map that will work for every single purpose. 

As you go through this assignment remember all 2D maps of the Earth are distorting something. Use your critical thinking skills to think about why a cartographer might make a certain decision. Which countries look the bigger or smaller? What is in the middle of the map?

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Read through the 4 websites in this assignment. Answer the following questions about map projections. 

  1. The Mercator Map does not show how big countries really are, why is it still used?   
  2. Why do many people think that Africa is the same size as Greenland?
  3. Which map projection would an anti-communist during the Cold War use to show the threat of the USSR? 
  4. Does looking at the True Size of Africa site change your perceptions on the continent of Africa in any way? Why or why not?
  5. Why is it dangerous for people to view big continents like South America and Africa as small? 
  6. What is the key feature of McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World? How does it change your way of thinking about the Earth? 
  7. In Ancient Arabia which direction was at the top of a map? Why was that direction at the top? 
  8. Who taught Europeans how to make maps? 
  9. What did the Europeans change when they started drawing their own maps? 
  10. What location was on top of Medieval European maps? 
  11. The Chinese and Egyptians both put South at the top of their maps, anciently. What were their different reasons for doing it? 
  12. Which map projection does Google Maps use? 
  13. Give a brief 1-2 sentence description of each of the following map projections:

     a. Mercator: 
     b. Peters-Gall: 
     c. Winkel-Tripel: 
     d. Robinson:
     e. Mollweide: 
     f. McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World: 

14. Which map do you think we should use in schools to teach kids about the world? Why did you choose that map? 

15. Write a paragraph (5-8 sentences) to answer the following question: Why is it important to know how maps are distorted? 

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 2 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.01.03 Map Projections(Geo4Life2)

05.02 Nelson Mandela(Geo4Life2)

Africa has incredible diversity within its boundaries. The interior of Africa has been historically hard to reach. Still today, primary transportation into the interior is by plane. There are very few roads. This lack of communication and transportation has contributed to keeping Africa's population diverse.

You can look at population trends in Africa and see how the physical geography has influenced where and how people live. Take a moment to view a population map of Africa. Notice where the population is really dense and really sparse. Also, read in the text area WHY people live where they live. The diversity within Africa is astounding. No other continent has as many languages and dialects! Some languages, such as Berber, do not have a 'written' form. Many of the countries have several official languages, while other countries only have one. We'll send you to a site to see the listing of the countries with their languages. Notice the thirteen countries that speak Arabic. Look at them on a map and try to determine WHY these countries speak Arabic. Go to the language list link now (scroll down to view).

There have been many great Africans in ancient as well as in modern times. Nelson Mandela really stands out as a man of dedication, commitment and vision. Nelson dedicated his life to making other people's lives better, even at the expense of his own life and lifestyle. Nelson spent 27 years in prison for what he believed! Nelson Mandela: NARA image, public domainNelson Mandela: NARA image, public domain Nelson Mandela was a true leader who sacrificed much to bring about a better life for the people he loved. I especially like these two quotes from Mandela that give us an idea of how Nelson Mandela feels about things.

"For me, there is no place like home." "I detest racism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."

He did not live in the United States, but fought for many of the same ideals we have fought for in our own country. Though his fight was long and very rough, he eventually succeeded in bringing democracy and equal rights for all races in South Africa. 

05.02.01 Questions about Mandela(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.02.01

Content Objective: Examine the human charcteristics of South Africa and apply geographic concepts to assess apartheid.

As you answer the questions below, you may want to return to the sites above to get the needed information. Write each of the questions and answer them using complete sentences. 1. Nelson was educated and became what profession? 2. Nelson Mandela fought for ______________for blacks in what African country? 3. Define "Apartheid." 4. For how long was Nelson Mandela imprisoned? 5. Nelson Mandela saw first-hand through his work how the white government was evicting blacks from their ___________and even experienced this when the government made him move his business out of town. 6. Why was Nelson Mandela called the "black pimpernel"? 7. Nelson Mandela won the _______________________ in 1993, and was the first democratically elected _______________________ of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. 8. What is racism? 9. Site some examples of racism you have noticed in your life, community or school. Nelson Mandela was a true leader who sacrificed much to bring about a better life for the people he loved. I especially liked these two quotes from Mandela that give me an idea of how Nelson Mandela felt about things. "For me, there is no place like home." "I detest racism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man." Think for a moment about the life of Nelson Mandela. He lived in a different country, but fought for many of the same things we have fought for in our own country. Though his fight was long and very tough, and is still going on, he did much in his attempt to bring democracy and equal rights for all races in South Africa. 10. After reading about Nelson Mandela, what do YOU think about Nelson Mandela? 11. What cause would you be willing to speak up for, work for, or suffer for in your own neighborhood, state or nation? You will be graded according to completeness and correctness of answers.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 2 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.02.02 Current Issues in Africa(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.02.02

Content Objective: Use geographic knowledge to connect to current events in Africa

Current Issues Dead livestock in East Africa: Oxfam East Africa image, CC Attribution 2.0 GenericDead livestock in East Africa: Oxfam East Africa image, CC Attribution 2.0 Generic There are several issues in Africa that are causing trouble for its people. One we've discussed already is the scarcity of water. Another issue is the need for food. Africa's food production has dropped 20 percent since 1970, yet the population has nearly doubled. Even though the majority of Africans work as farmers, they are producing less and eating less. Remember pictures of starving people in Somalia? Read about this crisis in the website section of the class. Still another tragic issue is the spread of AIDS in Africa. It has become an epidemic, affecting far too many African people. The plight of the people has become an issue for the United Nations. Indeed, the United States has stepped in with money to combat the spread of AIDS. Read a short news article about it in the website section of the class.*remember to take notes for the quiz!

1. Your assignment is to find a headline from the African news site that interests you. You can access an African news site at the link below. THE ARTICLE ABOUT SOMALIA IS PART OF THE LESSON, IT WILL NOT COUNT FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT 2. Print out the article, attach it or copy and paste it into your assignment.. 3. Write a paragraph summarizing the article in your own words, and another paragraph with your ideas on what you think would solve the problem you read about. 4. Be sure to turn in your article along with your response. Happy reading!

You will be graded NOT just on length of your assignment, but rather 'quality.' You need to include both paragraphs requested.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 3 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.02.03 Exploring Africa (compare and contrast)(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 05.02.03

Content Objective: Examine how the unequal distribution of resources affects economic development

NOTE: USE CHART FROM THE ATTACHMENT LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS ASSIGNMENT!! Exploring You've had a chance to 'visit' the parts of Africa that we wanted you to see--now it's time for you to choose a country that you would like to 'explore.' In this next assignment, you will compare what it is like to live in an African country with what it is like to live here in the United States. A table has been made for you that has the United States information already included. You will access the CIA site for the country you choose and find all the information you need there. So the BIG question is--which country do you want to choose? Click on the link at the top of the page to access the table. Then, access the CIA site for the country you chose to fill in the information. Detailed instructions are included in the assignment for this lesson. Print or download a Compare and Contrast table from the link at the top of the page. Use the the CIA World Factbook (link below) to find the information you need to fill out the table. Answer the questions at the end of your paper. You need to complete the table and all questions.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 3 of your enrollment date for this class.


05.02.04 Africa quiz(Geo4Life2)

computer-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

Quiz Africa This quiz reviews items discussed in the Africa Unit. It is an open-note quiz; go ahead and use your assignments and notes. Your final test is made up of questions from all end-of-unit quizzes taken in this class.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 3 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.00 Asia(Geo4Life2)

Satellite image of Asia: Koyos, from NASA images, public domainSatellite image of Asia: Koyos, from NASA images, public domain Asia is the largest continent and is home to more people than any other continent. You will have six assignments for Asia. These are:

Asia Snap Rap Major Religions of the World Mapping Religions in Asia Marco Polo Expedition Planet Money Answers and Planet Money Essay

06.01 Asia(Geo4Life2)

Carefully read through the PDf about Asia and take notes. Pay attention to the different regions in Asia and what makes them unique. 

 

 

06.01.01 Asia Snap Rap(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.01.01

Content Objective: Understand the physical features of the Asian region

Snap Rap Indonesian mask: Wikimedia Commons, released by author to public domainIndonesian mask: Wikimedia Commons, released by author to public domain You've been assigned to help a few sixth graders learn some of the physical geography of Asia. They're having a hard time learning them because the names are so DIFFERENT. You know that people can remember things much better when put to music or when rhythm is added. You come up with the great idea of making a rap to help the kids remember the names and where they are located. Let me give you an example of a Snap Rap:

ASIA SNAP RAP The Himalaya Mountains along China and Nepal Have Mount Everest, the tallest peak of all. So if you're going climbing, and you want to have a ball, Go to the Himalayas, but be careful not to fall! The Indus river snakes through lovely Pakistan Though the large Caspian Sea is just North of old Iran. The southern part of India boasts the great Deccan Plateau, and the island of Sri Lanka's at the tip, don't you know? Spreading from China to Mongolia is the dry Gobi Desert. And if you try to cross it, I'm afraid you'll go berserk! Irawaddy is a strange name for a river, don't you think? And even though it flows through Burma--don't you take a drink! The Malay Peninsula is the home of Malaysia. Wasn't that a fun way to remember the places of ASIA?

Isn't that fun! The internet site of the Physical Map of Asia should give you plenty of stuff to choose from. It is an interactive site. You can search through different parts of the map by clicking on the small 9 section map at the top. The center of this 9 section map will be what you see as the larger map. Go to the link below for the map. Your rap will need to consist of at least the following geographical elements:

One Sea One Mountain Range One Mountain Peak Two Major Rivers One Desert One Peninsula One Plain or Plateau One other item of your choice

Type or write your poem legibly and submit it. Have fun! You will be graded on having included all the physical elements asked for, and on providing information on where the element is LOCATED. Don't worry though, you will not be graded on your poetic ability. But, you will need to ryhme your snap rap so that someone could more easily remember it!

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 4 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.01.02 Religions of the World(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.01.02

Content Objective: Examine the world's major religions

Religions Statue of reclining Buddha, in China: Wikimedia Commons, Gveret Tered, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedStatue of reclining Buddha, in China: Wikimedia Commons, Gveret Tered, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Religion may seem like a strange subject to discuss in a public school system, but religion is a big influence in the history and culture of people. Muslims, for instance, only eat with their right hand, never the left. Many conflicts and wars have erupted in the 'cause' of religion. Remember the "holy" wars that England had with parts of the Middle East? Constant violence in Ireland is due to Catholics and Protestants fighting. The ongoing conflict in Jerusalem stems, in part, from religious conflicts between the Jews and the Muslims. Asia is the perfect continent to discuss religion, because virtually ALL of the major religions of the world began within its borders. Infoplease provides a nice, brief description of the major religions. Go through that site (link below) and read briefly to get a flavor of each religion: their beliefs, who 'founded' the religion, and where it originated. You will find these kinds of questions on your assignment. Using this site, you can find the information to fill in the following table. Print this page (or make a similar table in your word processor) so you can fill in the table while you are at the site. You will be graded on the completeness of your table. If you are not able to see the table below, click on the two links at the beginning of the assignment. You will need both links, labeled religion and religion2, to get all eight religions.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 4 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.01.03 Mapping the religions of Asia(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.01.03

Content Objective: Examine the world's major religions

Mapping Religions You have been introduced to the major religions of the world. Now, you will create a political map of Asia, then color each country by the major religion of that country. For example, Pakistan is 97% Muslim. You would label Pakistan on your map and color it red according to the map key on your outline map. To complete this assignment, do the following:

  1. Get a political outline map of Asia. If you haven't already printed your outline map, then go to the map by going to the link below. Print out or download the map.
  2. Next, label all the different countries of Asia neatly with a pen (or using a computer graphics program). You can get the names of these countries by going to graphic maps online (link below). Remember to label the Middle East.
  3. Now, you will need to find out what the major religions of each country are so you can color them the appropriate color. The color key is located after number 4 in the directions. You can find this information out by going to CIA World Factbook (link below). You can 'search' for each country of Asia and the Middle East. When you bring up a country select "Expand All." Scroll down to find the religion. As long as the religion is 50% or better, just use that religion. If a country has a few religions without percentages, just use the first religion entered. Some hints: One country has an official religion of "atheist." Another country has several religions that are in the 20% to 40% range. You will color this country gray for several major religions.
  4. After you determine the major religion for each of the countries, color them according to the following information:

Red: Islam or Muslim Majority Yellow: Buddhist Majority Blue: Hindu Majority Orange: Christian or Roman Catholic Majority Purple: other majority, ie Confucianism, Shinto, Taoism, Judaism. Green: Atheistic Gray: Several Major Religions or information not available .

Have fun! You will be graded on the completeness of your work: label each country and color it according to the map key.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 5 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.01.04 Marco Polo Expedition (Geo4Life2)

06.01.04 Marco Polo Expedition(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.01.04

Content Objective: Apply geographic concepts to interpret the journeys of Marco Polo

The Asian continent is made up of different regions with diverse nations. The first thoroughly documented record of a European traveling through Asia comes from Marco Polo. In the 13th century Marco Polo traveled through the Asian continent. The book he wrote about his travels influenced other Europeans to travel and trade with Asian countries. 

For this assignment you will follow this link to watch the presentation on Marco Polo's travels. Answer the questions listed below and submit them as 06.01.04.

  1. Where did Marco Polo begin his travels?
  2. How many years did his journey take?
  3. What sorts of climates and physical features did Marco pass through?
  4. True or False- Did Marco Polo introduce noodles to Italy?
  5. What do the Bai eat that Marco wrote about?
  6. The Polos left China by boat, how did the weather affect their travels? 
  7. What was Sri Lanka known for?
  8. Which spices did Marco find in India that were popular for trade?
  9. Where was Marco Polo imprisoned?
  10. What other explorer was influenced by Marco Polo's book?
  11. As Polo worked his way through the Middle East, China, the islands of Southeast Asia and India he found all of the countries to be different. How does the physical geography of each of these regions impact its culture? Your answer should be at least 4 sentences.
  12. What are three locations that Marco visited?
  13. Describe one of the places that Marco visited.
  14. What were the different regions that he visited?
  15. Describe how one of the groups of pepole that Marco met interacted with their environment.
  16. Marco Polo traveled along the Silk Road, which was a trading route. How did the movement of goods like spices, silk and precious stones also lead to the movement of ideas?
  17. What are some things that you use, watch, wear, eat, listen to or interact with that originated in the Asian continent? How did these things get to you? What do we use instead of the Silk Road today?

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 5 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.02 International Manufacturing: Planet Money T-Shirts (Geo4Life2)

Analyze economic interdependence among regions and countries. Apply geographic concepts to interpret the present and plan for the future.

In the Marco Polo assignment you learned about how goods and ideas moved hundreds of years ago on the Silk Road. This assignment is about how we produce and ship goods throughout the world today.

For this assignment you will be using NPR’s Planet Money T-Shirt project. Planet Money got people to donate money to produce a simple t-shirt and follow the making of the t-shirt from the beginning of the cotton seeds to the final t-shirt delivery.

The story is divided into 5 sections. Watch each video and read through the information that follows each video. As you watch it I want you to keep in mind the 5 themes of geography.

You will have two assignments based on this website. The first assignment 06.02.01 will be questions from the videos and readings. The second assignment will be a persuasive essay about the advantages and disadvantages to manufacturing clothing in other countries. You may want to read the prompt before you begin watching the videos so that you can take notes on some of the positive and negative things that you see.

06.02.01 International Manufacturing: Planet Money Questions (Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 75 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.02.01

Content Objective: Analyze economic interdependence among regions and countries

1. List three locations that were involved in the creation of the Planet Money t-shirt.

2. In 2013 how many t-shirts did the cotton farm produce?

3. On what 4 measures is cotton rated? 

4. Why don’t they make the t-shirts in the US?

5. Why do manufacturing jobs move from country to country?

6. Why was Jasmine's family in debt?

7. What was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory? What happened there? When did it happen?

8. What happened at Rana Plaza?

9. How much does it cost to ship one women’s shirt from Columbia to the US? Is that more or less than you thought?

10. What surprised you most about the process of producing a t-shirt?

11. After watching these videos, how do you look at the clothes you wear any differently? (At least 3 sentences)

12. Jasmine is a teenager. In what ways is her life different from yours? 

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 6 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.02.01 Planet Money 5 Themes

06.02.02 International Manufacturing: Persuasive Essay (Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 150 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 06.02.02

Content Objective: Apply geographic concepts to interpret how US companies use international manufacturing

The Planet Money T-Shirt project brings up a sensitive debate topic. In order to make products like t-shirts so inexpensive, US companies will ship resources to countries like Columbia and Bangladesh where they can pay cheap labor costs to make products to sell in the US. The Planet Money video talked about some of the advantages and disadvantages to this arrangement.

For this assignment you will be writing a persuasive 5 paragraph essay. The topic is “Is manufacturing products in other countries and then shipping them back to the US good or bad?” The purpose of a persuasive essay is to persuade the audience to agree with your opinion. If, through the entire essay, all you do is say, “I’m right, my opinion is the best one, etc.” I probably won’t be convinced. It is important to address both sides of the debate and really look at the advantages and disadvantages to each side.

 To do this you will use this outline: 

1st paragraph- Introduction: Gives background information about what the issue is and what the different sides are. It includes a thesis statement

2nd paragraph- Pro: Discusses why it is a good thing that companies ship labor overseas

3rd paragraph- Con: Discusses why it is a bad thing that companies ship labor overseas

4th paragraph- Opinion: Discusses why your opinion, either pro or con, is the best opinion

5th paragraph- Conclusion, summarizes what was discussed in the first four paragraphs and restates thesis.

WRITING TIP:

Your name is on this paper, so I know everything in it is your opinion. When you say, “I think” or “In my opinion” it is unnecessary and it makes your essay informal. Any time you feel tempted to write those things—just delete them. Your sentence will still make sense and it will make your essay much more formal. Also avoid using the following words: I, we, us, you, our,  my, me, and your  

FOR EXAMPLE:

I think that it is a good thing that t-shirts only cost $5.

I think that it is a good thing that t-shirts only cost $5.

It is a good thing that t-shirts only cost $5.

 

In my opinion, the companies should pay more money to the people in Bangladesh.

In my opinion, the companies should pay more money to the people in Bangladesh.

The companies should pay more money to the people in Bangladesh.

 

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 6 of your enrollment date for this class.


06.02.02 Planet Money Essay

06.02.03 Asia Quiz(Geo4Life2)

computer-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

Quiz Asia This is the quiz for the unit on Asia. You have one hour to complete the quiz. It is an open-note quiz; go ahead and use your assignments and notes. Your final test is made up of questions from all end-of-unit quizzes taken in this class.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 6 of your enrollment date for this class.


07.00 Australia(Geo4Life2)

Satellite photo of Antarctica and Australia: NASA image, public domainSatellite photo of Antarctica and Australia: NASA image, public domainAustralia, Oceania and Antarctica

07.01 Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica(Geo4Life2)

Australia, Oceania and Antarctica
Beach in Queensland, Australia: Wikimedia Commons, Damien Dempsey, CC Attribution 2.0 GenericBeach in Queensland, Australia: Wikimedia Commons, Damien Dempsey, CC Attribution 2.0 Generic
You will be visiting Australia and Antarctica in particular in this section. You will map some exciting places you want to visit in Australia, learn about 'Dreamtime' and write your own Dreamtime story. Then you will visit a website that will give you an idea of what it is like to be a scientist studying in Antarctica. Don't forget to take notes on important items as you read! There is a short quiz at the end of this section.

Australia and Oceania are grouped together because they all are islands of the Pacific ocean and are close to one another. Australia probably brings to mind images of Crocodile Dundee in the great outback or the delightful accent that accompanies the Aussie's version of the English language. Oceania is made up of hundreds of islands. Some names you may recognize are the Marshall islands, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, or cities such as Bora Bora. Bora Bora, in Oceania: Wikimedia Commons, PHG image, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedBora Bora, in Oceania: Wikimedia Commons, PHG image, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Australia is actually considered a continent rather than an island because of its size. It is this size that lends it such diversity. There is a marked contrast between the ancient land steeped in Aboriginal lore and the New World culture built upon it, giving Australia much of its character and mystery.

Australia's original inhabitants, known as Australian Aborigines, have the longest continuous cultural history in the world, dating back to the last Ice age. It is generally accepted that the first humans traveled across the sea from Indonesia about 70,000 years ago. The first visitors, called "Robust" by archaeologists because of their heavy-boned physique, were followed 20,000 years later by the more slender 'Gracile' people, the ancestors of Australian Aborigines.
Europeans began to expand by exploring Australia in the 16th century. Portuguese navigators were followed by Dutch explorers and the enterprising English pirate William Dampier. Famous Captain James Cook sailed the entire length of the eastern coast in 1770, stopping at Botany Bay on the way. After rounding Cape York, he claimed the continent for the British and named it New South Wales.

In 1779, Joseph Banks (a naturalist on Cook's voyage) suggested that Britain could solve overcrowding problems in its prisons by transporting convicts to New South Wales. In 1787, the First Fleet set sail for Botany Bay under the command of Captain Arthur Philip, who was to become the colony's first governor. The fleet comprised 11 ships, 750 male and female convicts, four companies of marines and supplies for two years. New South Wales was a harsh and horrible place, and the threat of starvation hung over the colony for at least 16 years.

Free settlers began to be attracted to Australia, but it was the discovery of gold in the 1850s that changed the face of the colony. (Sounds a bit like California, doesn't it?) The large numbers of migrants and several large finds boosted the economy and changed the colonial social structures. Aborigines were ruthlessly pushed off their tribal lands as new settlers took up land for farming or mining. The Industrial Revolution in England required plenty of raw materials, and Australia's agricultural and mineral resources expanded to meet the demand. Today, only 10% of Australia's land is arable (farmable), but because of the wise use of resources, Australia is one of the leading producers of wheat, cattle and sheep. Australia also leads the world in production of lead and bauxite. Take a look at the incredible environment that makes up Australia.
The dry interior of Australia (the "outback"): Wikimedia Commons, Gabriele Delhey, Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedThe dry interior of Australia (the "outback"): Wikimedia Commons, Gabriele Delhey, Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Australia's population is sparse in the dry interior, and heavily concentrated along the southeast portion of the continent. Australia has become a multicultural society. Until World War II, Australians were predominantly of British descent, but that has changed dramatically since then with an increase of immigrants from Asia and other places. Sport is the Australian religion and Aussies are world beaters in cricket, rugby, swimming and cycling. Other popular sports are basketball, yachting, soccer and Aussie Rules--a unique Australian sport, similar to Gaelic football. The vigor and originality of the arts in Australia--films, opera, music, painting, theater, dance and crafts--are achieving international recognition.

07.01.01 Mapping Australia(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 60 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 07.01.01

Content Objective: Analyze the spatial organization of people, places and environments within Australia

Mapping Australia is the sixth largest country in the world; it is also considered an island and a continent. The country is located between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Australia consists of six states, two major mainland territories, and other minor territories. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. There are many places to see while in Australia, but one needs to be familiar with the geography of a country before traveling there. You are going to create a political map of Australia. You will need to start by finding a map of Australia. The links below will help you. Australia climate map: Martyman at the English language Wikipedia, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 UnportedAustralia climate map: Martyman at the English language Wikipedia, CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported First, on your outline map, draw in all the different commonwealth states of Australia:

Queensland New South Wales Victoria Northern Territory South Australia Western Australia Tasmania

Now you are going to get the names of different cities and physical elements that would be interesting to visit and place them on your map. You will need to decide on 13 places to label and visit. When you are finished you should have labeled seven states on your map and 13 destinations. Remember as you complete this assignment, you will want to become familiar with the areas of Australia so you can complete the Dreamtime assignment. You will be graded on the quality of the map you make and in including ALL the elements in your map.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 7 of your enrollment date for this class.


07.02 Stories of Dreaming(Geo4Life2)

Dreamtime Story
Aboriginal art at Carnarvon Gorge, Australia: Shiftchange at the English Wikipedia project, public domainAboriginal art at Carnarvon Gorge, Australia: Shiftchange at the English Wikipedia project, public domain
You may have heard the phrase "Dreamtime" before. Dreamtime refers to 'time before time' or the time of creation. The aboriginals of Australia have passed on stories from generation to generation about how the ancestor spirits came to earth in different forms and created the world. They believe that ancestor spirits are still present and are handed down. The stories are shared by the custodians, not owned by anyone. Some are secret or sacred and not shared. There is an excellent site on the web that has recorded the custodians and their stories, as well as an explanation of the stories. You can read the text or listen to the actual storyteller. There are quite a few to listen to or read.
Read "How water Got to the plains" and a few others. There will be a question or two on the quiz about this story. Your second assignment will be to write your own Dreamtime story, so you will want to read enough to get an idea of what makes up a dreamtime story. Go to the "Stories of the Dreaming" website by clicking on the link below. ENJOY!

07.02.01 Write a Dreamtime Story(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 120 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 07.02.01

Content Objective: Evaluate how culture and experience infuence the way people live in places and regions

You now have experienced many of the folktales or Dreamtime stories in your exploration of Australia. Now it is time to create one of your own for this same area. You can be as creative as you want. You are writing a story that you would tell or read to someone. It needs to flow nicely and make sense.

You will need to include the following elements:

  • Three areas or places from Australia (please BOLD them)
  • People or animals that are indigenous to this area (please BOLD them)
  • A description of how or why things are the way they are in Australia.
  • Some magic or folklore
  • Include a drawing or map worth 20 points!

Your story must be at least one type-written page in length. You will be graded on using the elements indicated in the description.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 7 of your enrollment date for this class.


07.03 Antarctica(Geo4Life2)

Antarctica
Mt Herschel, Antarctica: Wikimedia Commons, Andrew Mandemaker, CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 GenericMt Herschel, Antarctica: Wikimedia Commons, Andrew Mandemaker, CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic
Antarctica is unique. It is twice the size of Australia, and is covered with ice as much as two miles thick. Despite all that ice, there is some soil, plant life such as lichen, algae and moss, and of course, animals such as penguins and whales. Its human population consists entirely of scientists doing various kinds of research. These scientists observe weather patterns, the sun and stars, and the ozone layer. Through their research, they hope to be able to make life better for us. For instance, some are trying to figure a way to use all that fresh water that is in the form of ice to aid in providing water to many parts of the earth that are without. It is hard living in the Antarctic.

07.03.01 Questions about Antarctica (Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 07.03.01

Content Objective: Examine how the physical environment impacts people in Antarctica

Antarctica Use the websites listed above to complete the questions. Scientists retrieve a meteorite in Antarctica: NASA image, public domainScientists retrieve a meteorite in Antarctica: NASA image, public domain 1. Antarctica is the coldest, ____________, highest and windiest place on earth. 2. Antarctica holds over 70% of the world's fresh ____________. 3. The major feature of Antarctica is ________. 4. The largest glacier in the world is the ________________ Glacier. 5. One of the reasons Antarctica is so cold is because the ice only absorbs ______of the sun's energy, reflecting ______. This is a contrast to the dark ocean surrounding Antarctica, which absorbs 95% of the sun's energy, reflecting only 5%. 6. In summer, the daylight lasts _____ hours per day. 7. The major mountain range that spans across Antarctica is the ______________________ Mountains. 8. The plants that grow in Antarctica are ______________, _____________ and ______________. 9. Fresh water for use by the scientists is obtained by ________________________ of sea water. 10. Power comes from _______________-_____________ generators. 11. Recreational activities for scientists include watching videos, __________ with pink balls, and ___________. 12. Because of isolation, it's essential that the people working in the Antarctic work well as a ____________. 13. Transportation along the polar surface for science projects include the use of ______________ (vehicles with tracks) and __________ . 14. A danger for travel on the polar plateau are hidden ________________. 15. In order to use a vehicle in the Antarctic, they must be ____________________overnight to prevent freezing. 16. Husky dogs are _____________________in Antarctica. 17. Polar tents have double skins designed to trap ______ for insulation. You will be graded on the accuracy of your answers.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 7 of your enrollment date for this class.


07.03.02 Exploring on your own‚ "You!"(Geo4Life2)

teacher-scored 100 points possible 90 minutes

ASSIGNMENT 07.03.02

Content Objective: Examine the effects of cultural diffusion from country to country

Exploring Your family has its own culture and its own way of doing things. It differs from mine, even though we live in the same area. You also have a heritage that is not American (that's because ALL Americans come from somewhere else) unless you are Native American, which has its own rich and independent culture. Ask your parents where their ancestors came from. Select one of those countries (or nations if your heritage is Native American). Find a relative to ask questions about this heritage of yours. Ask them for enough information to answer the questions below. If you don't have a relative who knows the information, then look up the information in your local library or on the Internet.

1. What country or nation did you choose? 2. What relative in your family came from there? 3. When did they come? 4. Describe in detail your family's customs, holidays or other cultural traditions from this country. (Please list at least five. If not, please look up and find five different customs, holidays, costumes or traditions from this country and explain them in detail). 5. Describe any physical characteristics (hair or eye color, facial features, etc.) that your family have that are inherited from your ancestors. 6. What does it mean to you or your family to have this heritage? 7. Draw a picture of the flag for this country and put your family name on the bottom. 8. Describe any behaviors that your family has that are unique (such as bowing when you greet someone, taking shoes off when entering your home, eating pizza every Friday night, or playing "Twister" on Hoildays, etc.) These may be hard to come up with because what your family does is normal to you. You'll need to observe another family and see what they do differently than your family. Hopefully, you've already been in your friends' homes and compared different rules and things your families have or do. List at least five things you can come up with that are unique to your family. Describe them and then determine if those unique things come from your cultural heritage, or something your own immediate family does.

You must use complete sentences. There are no right or wrong answers here, but you will be graded on your detailed answers and effort in responding to the questions. It may take some thought and observations over a few days time to come up with some of the information. Have fun!

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 8 of your enrollment date for this class.


07.03.03 Australia and Oceania quiz(Geo4Life2)

computer-scored 100 points possible 45 minutes

Quiz Australia and Oceania This is the last quiz of the class. It covers the information in unit 7.

Pacing: complete this by the end of Week 8 of your enrollment date for this class.