Connections Between World Events, Geography and the Human Quest for Knowledge
By: Judy Carnine, Franklin Township Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
Lesson Plan for Website: http://www.geosys.com/cgi-bin/genobject/maproom/tigdd27
The purpose of this lesson plan is to enable students to understand the connections between world events, geography and man's quest for knowledge.
Grade Level(s): Upper elementary/middle school
Geography Standards addressed:
The World in Spatial Terms:
1) How to use maps and other geographic representations,
tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from
a spatial perspective.
2) How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places and environments in a spatial context.
The Uses of Geography:
17) How to apply geography to interpret the past.
18) How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
Materials required: pens, pencils, rulers, chart paper
Upon completion of this lesson students will be able to:
1) understand the relationship between innovations in
cartography (technology, inventions, etc.) and world events
2) hypothesize about the influence of man's quest for knowledge on key innovations and inventions in history
This lesson should be used to enable students to explore mapmaking as a useful service/industry. Students then can begin to make connections between geography and themselves.
Tell students they will be making a timeline of significant events in history including major innovations in cartography. Have students record the information from the website on their timelines. Then, have students add other significant events to their timelines such as explorations, inventions, discoveries, wars, etc. This activity would work well as a group activity.
Evaluate students on their ability to complete the timeline accurately.
Keep the timelines and add to them throughout the map skills lessons. Have students research major innovations in other fields and connect them to important world events.
Timetables in History or similar resource material