Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? Students will explore the diverse ways in which people affect the world around them and how they are affected by their surroundings. Students will discover how ideas spread and cultures form, and learn how beliefs and architecture are part of a larger culture complex. In addition to introducing students to the field of Human Geography, this course will teach students how to analyze humans and their environments.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of human geography by explaining human geography concepts, analyzing spatial interactions, and evaluating competing environmental theories.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of population geography by summarizing ways to describe population patterns, describing factors to consider when conducting a geographic analysis, and explaining influences on fertility and mortality rates.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of cultural geography by describing forms of cultural expression and explaining the underlying values that create a cultural identity and landscape.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of language geography by describing language variations, explaining language interactions, and analyzing language as a unifier or divider.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of religious geography by explaining religious diffusion and analyzing theories of religious conflict.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethnic identity by explaining ethnicity, describing the role of geography in ethnic relations, and analyzing gender disparities among different ethnic groups.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of political geography by describing the characteristics of a state, explaining the nature of conflicts between states, and explaining the concept of centralized power.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of agricultural geography by describing methods of agriculture, explaining the impact of agricultural revolutions, and analyzing Johann Thünen’s model of land use.
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