World Cultures and Geography is the seventh grade part of a three-course Social Studies series here at Compton Drew ILC. This part of the course is designed to focus on teaching our students about today’s world with an emphasis on the five themes of Geography. Students will begin by studying Africa; through a geographic lens students will learn about its physical and human characteristics, analyze their laws and governmental systems and the rich history of the continent. They will then move into Europe and Russia; learning about the movement of their peoples, belief systems, culture and impact of traditions on the world. Next students will investigate the Americas by taking a look at the settling of the continents, the development of economic systems and the clash of old and new world cultures. Finally, students will end the year with the continent of Asia; they will be introduced to its rich history, their perspective of life and the world around them and the contributions of its people to the human race. By covering these items and more, students will be prepared for the experience of sweeping changes in everyday life, develop a deeper knowledge of how geography and culture has changed the world, how it changes and impacts our lives now, and how it may change their future.
The students will be able to:
- Review the Five Themes of Geography.
- Learn about the fundamental geographic knowledge of the movement and settlement of people throughout the world.
- Properly conduct research of specific topics.
- Understand that the role played by the Five Themes of Geography throughout history led to, and will continue to lead to, unexpected outcomes.
- Explain how history throughout the world reveals the causes of events.
- Theorize the possibility of different outcomes in our world had it not happened the way it did.
- Identify the global impact of different cultures coming together and interacting with one another.
- Utilize history in order to help get a better understanding of the present.
- Define the past, explain how it is different from the present, and theorize how it may impact the future.
- Answer the question of “Why study world cultures?”