Grade 7 Unit 3 Latin America

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography               

Grade: 7th

Unit 3: Latin America

Pacing:  25 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     How has colonialism impacted Latin American culture?

2.     With the abundance of natural resources in Latin America why have they not prospered?

3.     How has progress altered the physical environment of Latin America?

4.     The reasons behind the migration patterns in Latin America?

Big Idea(s):

1.     Latin American culture has been impacted by European, African, and Asian nations.

2.     An imbalance of diversity of natural resources impeded the prosperity of a region.

            3.  The distribution and use of natural resources alters the physical                                  environment.

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

   1.5-1: Compare and contrast the impact of technology on the environment     at different times and in different places.

   1.6-3: Evaluate the positive and/or negative impacts of movements of large groups of people on both people and a nation/region.

   1.8-2: Analyze examples where governments in other nations have been changed by revolutions or peaceful change.

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

 1.12-1: Identify economic resources in the world and analyze their relationship to international trade.

 1.12-2: Analyze the importance of specialization and its impact on production and trade.

   3.2-1: Compare, contrast, and evaluate two or more views of a contemporary national issue.

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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



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

(2) Compare and Contrast (impact of technology)

(5) Evaluate (impact of migration)

(4) Analyze (governments changes by revolutions)

(4) Analyze (resources)

(3) Identify (resources and trade)

(2, 5) Compare, Contrast, Evaluate (views of national issues)






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

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Interdisciplinary Connections









geographic dictionary

daily geography