World Geography Version: CPS08-09


 
Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Social Studies

Strand: Geographic Understandings


 
SSWG1
The student will explain the physical aspects of geography.
Element: SSWG1.a
Describe the concept of place by explaining how physical characteristics such as landforms, bodies of water, climate, soils, natural vegetation, and animal life are used to describe a place.
Element: SSWG1.b
Explain how human characteristics including population settlement patterns and human activities such as agriculture and industry can describe a place.
Element: SSWG1.c
Analyze the interrelationship between physical and human characteristics of a place.
 

 
SSWG2
The student will explain the cultural aspects of geography
Element: SSWG2.a
Describe the concept of place by explaining how the culture of a region is product of the regions physical characteristics.
Element: SSWG2.b
Explain how cultural characteristics of a place can be used to describe a place.
Element: SSWG2.c
Analyze how physical factors such as mountains, climate, and bodies of water interact with the people of a region to produce a distinctive culture.
Element: SSWG2.d
Explain the how the development of customs and traditions help to define a culture and a people.
 

 
SSWG3
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary North Africa/Southwest Asia.
Element: SSWG3.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on North Africa/Southwest Asia.
Element: SSWG3.b
Describe the major climates of North Africa/Southwest Asia and how they have affected the development of North Africa/Southwest Asia.
Element: SSWG3.c
Analyze the impact of natural resources, especially oil have on North Africa/Southwest Asia.
Element: SSWG3.d
Analyze the impact of water supplies on the growth of population centers.
Element: SSWG3.e
Explain the impact of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the development of the region's culture.
Element: SSWG3.f
Explain why this region contains areas on two different continents.
Element: SSWG3.g
Describe the major ethnic and cultural groups in North Africa/Southwest Asia including major customs and traditions.
 

 
SSWG4
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa.
Element: SSWG4.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Element: SSWG4.b
Describe the major climates of Sub-Saharan Africa and how they have affected the development of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Element: SSWG4.c
Describe the pattern of population distribution in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa in relation to urbanization and modernization.
Element: SSWG4.d
Explain how Sub-Saharan Africa's physical features have impacted the distribution of its population.
Element: SSWG4.e
Analyze how the migration of people such as the Bantu and Zulu have impacted the economic cultural and political aspects of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Element: SSWG4.f
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses in the development of Sub-Saharan Africa including factors such as linguistic, tribal, and religious diversity, literacy levels, and the colonial legacy.
Element: SSWG4.g
Describe the ethnic and religious groups in Sub-Saharan Africa including major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG4.h
Analyze the impact of drought and desertification on Sub-Saharan Africa.
 

 
SSWG5
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary South Asia, Southeastern Asia, and Eastern Asia.
Element: SSWG5.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on the regions of Asia.
Element: SSWG5.b
Describe the major climates of each region and how they have affected each region's development.
Element: SSWG5.c
Analyze the impact of the topography and climate on population distribution in the regions.
Element: SSWG5.d
Describe the various ethnic and religious groups in the region and the affect of geography on their development and their major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG5.e
Analyze the impact of population growth in the region on both the region and on other regions of the world including China, India, and Japan.
Element: SSWG5.f
Explain the division of the Indian-subcontinent into India and Pakistan and the eventual creation of Bangladesh.
Element: SSWG5.g
Describe the Pacific Rim and its cultural, political, and economic significance.
 

 
SSWG6
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Europe.
Element: SSWG6.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on Europe.
Element: SSWG6.b
Describe the major climates of Europe and how they have affected Europe.
Element: SSWG6.c
Analyze the importance of Europe's coastal location, climatic characteristics, and river systems regarding population, economic development, and world influence.
Element: SSWG6.d
Describe the various ethnic and religious groups in Europe and the influence of geography on those groups and their major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG6.e
Explain why Europe has a highly integrated network of highways, waterways, railroads, and airline linkages.
Element: SSWG6.f
Analyze the impact of geography on Russia in terms of population distribution, trade, and involvement in European affairs.
Element: SSWG6.g
Analyze the environmental issues associated with industrial and natural resource development in Europe including Russia.
 

 
SSWG7
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Latin America.
Element: SSWG7.a
Explain why the region is known as Latin America including cultural reasons.
Element: SSWG7.b
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on Latin America.
Element: SSWG7.c
Describe the major climates of Latin America and how they have affected Latin America.
Element: SSWG7.d
Explain how geographic features and climatic patterns affect population distribution.
Element: SSWG7.e
Analyze the impact of natural disasters and political instability on economic activity in Latin America.
Element: SSWG7.f
Describe the various ethnic and religious groups in Latin America including South America, Central America and the Caribbean including major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG7.g
Analyze the impact of deforestation on Latin America and explain actions being taken.
Element: SSWG7.h
Explain how Latin American countries are developing their resources to compete in the global market and develop industry such as Brazil.
Element: SSWG7.i
Analyze the impact illegal drug production and trade have on Latin America.
 

 
SSWG8
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Canada and the United States.
Element: SSWG8.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on the Canada and the United States.
Element: SSWG8.b
Describe the major climates of Canada and the United States and how they affect Canada and the United States.
Element: SSWG8.c
Explain the reasons for the population distribution in Canada and the United States.
Element: SSWG8.d
Explain how the physical geography of Canada and the United States contributed to regional growth and development.
Element: SSWG8.e
Describe the ethnic and religious groups in Canada and the United States including major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG8.f
Analyze how transportation and communications improvements led to the growth of industry in the United States and the consequences of such growth especially environmentally for both Canada and the United States.
 

 
SSWG9
The student will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica.
Element: SSWG9.a
Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on the region.
Element: SSWG9.b
Describe the major climates and their impact on the region.
Element: SSWG9.c
Analyze the impact isolation has had on the cultural and biological development of the region.
Element: SSWG9.d
Describe the various ethnic and religious groups including major customs and traditions.
Element: SSWG9.e
Explain how the migration of diverse ethnic groups and available natural resources have affected the economic and political development.
Element: SSWG9.f
Explain why it was necessary for world governments involved in the exploration of Antarctica to develop and sign the Antarctic Treaty of 1961.
 

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