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ERIC Number: ED359112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Discovering a "True" Map of the World--Learning Activities.
Hantula, James
"True" maps of the world, as seen from the perspective of the time in which they were produced, remain an ethnocentric visual language in modern times. Students can gain insight into such "true" maps by studying maps produced in the great traditions of the West and East. Teachers can determine a map's appropriateness by identifying its title, date, place of origin, providing a key, determining whether the map is a primary or secondary source, assessing the map's accuracy, comparing it with maps from other cultures, displaying usefulness, analyzing every map for the mapmaker, and evaluating every map as a work of art. A set of learning activities focuses upon the following maps from throughout history: (1) hemisphere map (orthographic projection); (2) central kingdom map (ancient China); (3) point of contact map (globe and flat map); (4) universe map (after Ptolemy); (5) T-O ("terra orbis") map (medieval Europe); (6) Ibn Battuta's travel map (medieval Europe, Asia, and Africa); (7) Columbus' map (Ptolemy); (8) Mercator map (16th century); (9) Robinson map (20th century); and (10) a "true" map (a contemporary example). Activities for each lesson include a description, diagrams, true or false questions, and short-answer questions. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A