Grade 7 Unit 4 Africa

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography               

Grade: 7th

Unit 4:  Africa               

Pacing:  30 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     How has geography affected the way African societies have developed?

2.     How have natural resources impacted people’s lives?

3.     Why do cultures differ?

4.     What results from differences in culture?

Big Idea(s):

1.     Landforms, rivers, climate, and resources help determine where and how people live.

2.     People from different regions have different cultures.

3.     Different belief systems can create conflicts.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

 1.4-2: Analyze geographic factors that help explain historical events or

              contempory issues.

1.10-1: Analyze how resources or lack of resources influenced a nation’s/region’s development.

1.13-3: Analyze how values, beliefs and attitudes are created in different cultures.

  2.3-1: Prepare an essay that takes a point of view on a social studies topic and properly cite evidence.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

I. Location

     A. Relative and absolute location

II. Place

     A. Physical

            1. climate

            2. landforms

            3. bodies of water

     B. Human

            1. culture

            2. population

            3. work

III. Human Environment Interaction

      A. Resources

      B. Work

      C. Culture

IV. Movement

     A. People

     B. Goods

     C. Ideas

V. Regions

    A. Climate

    B. Land

    C. Population Groups

 

(4) Analyze (geographic factors)

(1) Locate (regions, landforms, and rivers)

(2) Describe (regions, landforms and rivers)

(1) List (natural resources)

(3) Organize (natural resources by region)

(4) Analyze (relationship between population patterns/natural resources)

(1) Find (examples to show how Islam affects everyday life)

(4) Compare/Contrast (West African family’s structure to your own)

(1) Name (major language of Africa)

(2) Explain how (migrant workers/laborers form unions)

(6) Prepare (an essay)

(5) Defend (point of view)

(6) Cite (evidence)

(4) Describe (differences/similarities between ethnic groups)

(4) Explain (motives of each group)

(3) Construct (graphic organizers)

(5) Conclude (opinion)

 

 

 Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

*Textbooks

*Primary/Secondary Sources

*Maps

*Graphic Organizers

*Videos

*PowerPoint/Smartboard

*Computers

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies: 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

apartheid

aristocratic

elevation

escarpment

census

cultural diffusion

cultural diversity

discriminate

fertile

kinship

lineage

migrant worker

multiethnic

nomad

oasis

plantation

plateau

refugee

rift

savanna

sovereignty

subsistence farming

transportation barrier

 

 

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