“Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not...I am the earth in the palm of your hand."  Beryl Markham

"What good are forty freedoms without a blank space on the map?"  -Aldo Leopold

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.  You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water."  -James Michener (explained on pages xxx-xxxi) 

Calendar of Activities:

11-12 October:  Introduction to the unit, handout all maps, map information sheet.  We will begin to identify the many ways in which the United States and Canada are similar and different.  Focus on the Five Themes with special emphasis on Region.  Assign the completion of the diagram using material on pages 126-139.  HW

13 October:  Map-work day. Discuss the mapping expectations and work together to solve problems. Bring materials to make maps.  All maps due on the day of the Map Quiz (Oct. 31.)  Consider reading this story from the New York Times - on the importance of maps.


16 October:  Resources of the U.S. (pgs. 143-147) In class we will begin our profile of the United States. The focus will be on the immense resources our nation contains.  Students will identify the natural resources, technology, and values that have contributed to the political and economic successes of the United States.  Students should also be able to explain the relationship between transportation and communication and the growth of American industries. 

October: Site Selection:  Students will work in their small groups to interpret a number of maps through time.  (Pages 148-152)  Students should also be able to explain the relationship between transportation and communication changes and the growth of American cities. Assign one site for homework, due on the next day of school.  HW

18 October: View and discuss portions of “How the States got their shapes.”  Viewing guide is completed while watching.  Make the connection between the history and geography of our country.  Note connections to Canada as well. Viewing guide is checked for grade next day.

19-20 October:  Urban Growth in the U.S. (pgs. 148-152) Students will outline the effects of location, transportation, the economy, and popular preferences on urban growth.  We will also consider functions of the urban hierarchy (movement).  Individual work using computers regarding large American cities.  Work is connected to the writing project regarding US cities.  

23-24 October: US Cities Project/Regions – In connection with reading and prior work in class, students will consider place characteristics of an assigned US city. Use this website to complete language analysis:   

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All work is due on Oct. 30

October:  Canadian Regions (pgs. 181-188) Discuss the five regions of Canada. Students will work in small groups to determine what the regional characteristics of Canada are.  Students will also link the physical characteristics to the cultural.  Assign the remainder of the notes guide.  HW

October: Culture of Canada (pgs. 189-191) Discuss the search for a national identity.  The main focus would be to consider the reasons for conflict between the French and English.  Assign the remainder of the notes guide.  HW

27 October:  Canada's Role in the World (pgs. 193-195) Students will look at Canada's attempts to overcome its geography, identify economic and environmental concerns shared by the US and Canada.  Students will also consider Canada’s leadership role in the world.  Assign the remainder of the notes guide.  HW

30 October:  Consideration of resource issues for the US and Canada.  Short reading and listening activity in class.            

October: Map Quiz: Maps of Canada and United States. (Three parts – mental map, locational geography, and map reading)  Maps due. Q, P

1 November: Unit Two Test US/Canada.  See study guide posted in Important Documents – and below.  T

You must:

Recall and recognize specific locations in the United States and Canada like land forms, bodies of water, capitals, states and provinces. 

Recall key vocabulary (see list below)

secede, maritime, lock, suburbs, hinterlands, rugged individualism, free enterprise, metropolitan area, province, bedrock, continental divide, literacy, prairie, popular preferences, major cities in the US and Canada. 

Possess the ability to translate an abstraction such as the Five Themes of Geography by giving lengthy illustrations or examples from the United States and Canada. (Examples:  Population changes over time, development of American cities…) 

Explain how the physical geography has affected the population density and overall cultural characteristics of the United States and Canada 

Identify the similar patterns of landforms in the US and Canada 

Outline the effects of location, transportation, the economy, and popular preferences on American urban growth 

Explain the importance of popular preferences and their connection to transportation 

Explain how the changes in transportation have impacted the location of key American and Canadian cities

Explain why Quebec and Ontario are Canada’s heartland 

Compare and contrast the populations, economic activities of the United States and Canada 

Explain the relationship between water resources and economic activity in the United States 

Identify the five regions of Canada and describe unique features of each 

Describe how natural resources (land, forests, wealth underground) promote the economic success of the United States 

Explain why transportation and communication are the keys to economic development 

Explain why many Americans migrated to the South and West 

Identify reasons for conflict between French and English culture groups in Canada 

Explain why Quebec is the scene of conflict between two cultures 

Explain how climate and location have affected the development of the northern territories

Explain why the United States and Canada is a “region” (identify major physical characteristics of the United States and Canada; describe significant events and developments in the history of the United States and Canada; discuss elements of culture in the United States and Canada) 

The Unit Two Test will have matching, multiple choice, map and graph analysis.  It will have 60 questions.                       

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