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GEO 215: Geography of Latin America (OER)
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Latin America covers part of North America, South America and the West Indies. It stretches from Atacama desert to rugged highlands and Alpine glaciers of the Andes mountains, from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego.The fertile plains of the Pampas is one of the world's richest agricultural regions. The Amazon Basin is the largest and wettest lowland in the world. Culturally, Latin America is a great mixture of European, indigenous and African cultures.

In this course, we will examine the peoples and places of Latin America from a geographical perspective. We will explore the geographical dimensions of economic, cultural, political, and physical forces influencing Latin America as a region. We will have a mixture of thematic and regional approaches to study the concepts and look into various physical and historical processes that have shaped dynamic and diverse cultural landscapes. We will study contemporary environmental and developmental issues, trends in migration, agricultural change, and globalization to understand Latin America's position in the global economy.

Learning Outcomes:
*Analyze and articulate geographic concepts related to the geography of Latin America, its physical environment, peoples, cultures, and history.
*Analyze changing political and economic relationships between the United States and countries in Latin America in order to be a more informed and engaged global citizen.
*Interpret maps, graphs, and visuals as tools for analyzing the distribution patterns of phenomena and understanding their importance.
*Evaluate how changing cultural, social, political, and economic characteristics of Latin American countries influence internal strife and external intervention.
*Understand the complexities that contribute to the social inequality, political conflict, and environmental concerns prevalent in some Latin American countries and discuss possible solutions.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Social Science
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Author:
Dimitar Dimitrov
Tuba Kayaarasi
Date Added:
02/06/2023
GEOG 101
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The goal of these class activities is to help students interpret maps and associated data. The first activity highlights underinvestment in disadvantaged communities across the United States. The second activity explores women’s rights and inequality from a global perspective.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
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Unit of Study
Author:
Patrick Kennelly
Date Added:
09/29/2022
GIS (Geographic Information System)
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A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
National Geographic
Date Added:
10/24/2023
Gapminder: Gapminder Foundation is fighting devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand.
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From their About page: "Dollar Street is developed by Gapminder. Gapminder is an independent Swedish foundation with no political, religious or economic affiliations. We fight devastating misconceptions about global development with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand. We produce free teaching-resources based on reliable statistics. We collaborate with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organisations."

Use of resources states, "Dollar Street has no political or financial agenda. Licensed by Creative Commons license 4.0, you are free to reuse, edit and share the images. We hope you will enjoy it!"

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Social Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Author:
Gapminder.org
Date Added:
08/23/2019
The Genocide Scrapbook Project
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This Lesson Plan was created by Joanna Pruitt as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. This original lesson is for classroom use; however, there is a virtual option as well. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Grades 9-12 English Language Arts students; however, this could also be used as a Social Studies project as well. Students will evaluate credible sources through research on genocides post World War II after completing a novel unit covering the Holocaust. Students will also create scrapbooks using summarizing, citation, informative writing, textual evidence, caption writing, and persuasive writing. Students will also be expected to demonstrate oral communication skills as they have to present their projects to the class. Students will use background knowledge to clarify text and also gain a deeper understanding by using relevant evidence from a variety of sources to assist in analysis and reflection of informative text. 

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Cultural Geography
English Language Arts
Ethnic Studies
Journalism
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Literature
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
World Cultures
World History
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Student Guide
Author:
Joanna Pruitt
Date Added:
07/24/2020
Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence
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A good detective or researcher like Sherlock Holmes knows the fundamental questions that need to be answered to gather facts to solve a problem. So how does geospatial intelligence contribute to answering these questions? While geospatial technology is useful in revealing who, what, when, and where events take place, it is less useful in explaining why events occur. However, geospatial intelligence analysis leverages geographic information science and technology with the intelligence tradecraft to develop products that support decision-making in national and homeland security, law enforcement, emergency management, and international relief efforts. GEOG 882 will challenge you to think critically, consider alternative viewpoints, and question your own assumptions when analyzing why human events occur over place and time.

Subject:
Applied Science
Business and Communication
Communication
Cultural Geography
Information Science
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Mark Corson
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
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Word Count: 55656

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Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Cultural Geography
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
01/26/2024
Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems
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What factors lead to a natural disaster? What causes a famine? Why do cities flood? According to a recent article in The Atlantic, Houston's flooding during the 2017 Hurricane Harvey was primarily caused by impervious pavement which prevents the absorption of water into the land. This example illustrates how nature and society are interlinked, which is the main focus of Geography 30, Penn State's introductory course to nature-society geography. In addition to examining the linkages between human development and natural hazards, this course will also explore human society's connection to food systems, climate change, urbanization and biodiversity. The course will also cover topics of ethics and decision making in order to help students evaluate the tradeoffs of these interconnections.
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Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Brian King
Chongming Wang
Karl Zimmerer
Petra Tschakert
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Geography & Day of the Dead
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This resource was created by Cierra Morten, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Visual Arts
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Arts ESU2
Date Added:
08/21/2022
Geography and History Assignment
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For this assignment, students will use a graphic organizer to think about how the geography and environment of a place have shaped the economy, culture, society, and politics of Mesopotamia, Mesoamerican, Andean societies as well as a society of their choice. 

Subject:
Cultural Geography
History
World History
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Alliance for Learning in World History
Date Added:
02/13/2024
Geography of Latin America
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Latin America covers part of North America, South America, and the West Indies. It stretches from lifeless Atacama desert to rugged highlands and Alpine glaciers of the Andes mountains. The fertile plains of the Pampas are one of the world's richest agricultural regions. The Amazon Basin is the largest and wettest lowland in the world. Culturally, Latin America is a great mixture of European, indigenous and African cultures.

In this course, we will examine the peoples and places of Latin America from a geographical perspective. We will explore the geographical dimensions of economic, cultural, political, and physical forces influencing Latin America as a region. We will have a mixture of thematic and regional approaches to study the concepts and look into various physical and historical processes that have shaped dynamic and diverse cultural landscapes. We will study contemporary environmental and developmental issues, trends in migration, agricultural change, and globalization to understand Latin America's position in the global economy.

COURSE LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES

Define Latin America as a world region.
Identify the main physical and cultural features and characteristics of Latin America.
Interpret maps, graphs, and visuals as tools for analyzing the distribution patterns of phenomena and understanding their importance in the context of Latin America.
Explain the impacts of European colonialism in Latin America.
Evaluate how changing cultural, social, political, and economic characteristics of Latin American countries influence internal strife and external intervention.
Explain the complexities that contributed to the social inequality, political conflict, and environmental concerns prevalent in some Latin American countries.
Discuss the changing political and economic relationships between the United States and countries in Latin America.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
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Syllabus
Author:
Tuba Kayaarasi
Date Added:
02/15/2022
Getting to Know Yourself - Values (Grades 7-12)
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This lesson plan was created by Jennifer Pritchett as part of the 2020 Nebraska CTE-Beginning Teachers Institute. The attached lesson plan is designed for students in grades 7-12 as a introduction to a service learning project.  This lesson plan can also be used in classes such as Sociology, Introduction to Education, Ethics, Leadership, etc. Students will learn the meanings of values and rank their top 5 values in a hands on or virtual format.  The culminating project is collaboration on a Google Slides presentation with the rest of the class.

Subject:
Anthropology
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Education
Ethnic Studies
Philosophy
Social Science
Social Work
Sociology
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Jennifer Pritchett
Date Added:
07/23/2020
Global Literacy Survey
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic commissioned a survey to gauge what young people educated in American colleges and universities know about geography, the environment, demographics, U.S. foreign policy, recent international events, and economics. The survey, conducted in May 2016 among 1,203 respondents aged eighteen to twenty-six, revealed significant gaps between what young people understand about today’s world and what they need to know to successfully navigate and compete in it. Included on site is the full survey report (PDF) and a sample quiz of some of the survey questions.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Political Science
Social Science
World History
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
National Geographic
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/21/2017
Grade 3 Inquiry: Environment & Native Americans
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This inquiry by Kristina Labadie, Evergreen Public Schools, is based on the C3 Framework inquiry arc. Third-grade students view the lifestyle and cultural development of Early Native Americans through the same lens of how lifestyles today have developed.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Jerry Price
Kristina Labadie
Date Added:
12/29/2020
The Great American Mail Race (GAMR)
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This Lesson Plan was created by Joanna Pruitt as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Lesson Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Lesson Plan is designed for 7th or 8th grade English Language Arts students. Students will learn not only about how to write friendly letters, but they will also learn about our country in a fun and engaging way. This is a letter-writing challenge that connects students from all around the United States. Students are assigned a state and they must select three schools within that state to write a letter challenge to. The goal is to see who receives the most letters back by the end of the school year and to learn about the state that they sent letters to. 

Subject:
Communication
Cultural Geography
English Language Arts
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Physical Geography
Reading Informational Text
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Joanna Pruitt
Date Added:
07/23/2020
Guardians of the Block: Safe Communities By Design
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How can we design communities that are safe for people?In this unit, students delve into urban design through a practical lens. The unit launches with students assessing pedestrian safety through a neighborhood walk, evaluating safety features and identifying potential enhancements, concluding with a calculated walk safety score for their routes. Students then utilize the engineering design cycle to draft solutions for pedestrian safety challenges they discover in their community through virtual walks using Google Earth and Street View. Student urban design teams prepare to showcase their proposals for safer community spaces by incorporating peer feedback into their designs and developing map models that clearly communicate how their solutions will increase pedestrian safety. This unit culminates in an Urban Planning Exhibition, where students present their safety recommendations, aiming to inspire real-world change in their communities.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Communication
Cultural Geography
Engineering
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Educurious .
Date Added:
01/16/2024
Guidebook
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There is a presentation about one of the wonderful cities of Turkey. It includes most important sides of the city and it is supported with good landscapes of the city. You can get very useful information about this good city and you can use this resource for reading activity. Please help your students to translate the text :)

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Languages
Reading Informational Text
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Mehmet Akif HOŞGÖR
Date Added:
06/15/2021
Haïtiennes
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Portraits de femmes militantes

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Il y a des femmes qui ont marqué et marquent encore la vie sociale, politique et culturelle d’Haïti : des femmes scientifiques, journalistes, militantes féministes, défenseures des droits humains, politiciennes, écrivaines… Malheureusement, nombre de ces femmes, en dépit de leur implication, de leur courage et de leur détermination, sont tombées dans l’oubli, car l’histoire officielle haïtienne a été, dit-on, écrite par des hommes et pour des hommes, reflétant l’infériorisation de la féminité dans la société haïtienne. C’est pour contrer cet oubli que ce livre collaboratif, écrit par des femmes et des hommes, présente les portraits de quinze femmes haïtiennes de différentes époques qui ont contribué, chacune à leur manière, à construire Haïti ou à mieux la comprendre.

Word Count: 31431

ISBN: 978-2-924661-05-5

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Subject:
Cultural Geography
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Éditions science et bien commun
Author:
Collectif d'écriture sous la direction de Ricarson Dorcé et Emilie Tremblay et Dorcé
Ricarson et al.
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Honoring our Ancestors
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"Through completing the Family Interviews Activity, students will learn about the importance of oral histories and the tradition of Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos. They will begin to develop identity connections as they gain a stronger understanding of the histories of their family members."

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Cultural Geography
Education
English Language Arts
Ethnic Studies
History
Language Education (ESL)
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/24/2018
How Do the Hopes of One Group Become the Fears of Another?
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This activity was produced in conjunction with The Library of Congress and the TPS at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This activity allows learners to examine and look at migrant workers who first came to California during the Bracero Program using primary resources to develop an understanding of why and how they came to California to work. Students will also study the timeline from the Bracero Program's beginning to its end and the appearance of the United Farm Workers Union. This study will lead students to a realization of why the UFW was necessary and what Cesar Chavez's impact was.This activity will allow learners to analyze and understand:* The hopes and dreams of those migrant workers from Mexico who came and continue coming to California to work.* The opposite of hope is fear – and how fear can destroy hope.* The ways that hope can overcome fear. 

Subject:
Cultural Geography
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Tammy Dunbar
Date Added:
12/07/2022