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Davidson, Fiona M.; Sours, Tad; Moll, Rebecca Luebker – Geography Teacher, 2016
Demography is the study of human population statistics. The United States Census Bureau has measured the demographics of the U.S. population since 1790. Why? The main purpose was for division of representatives of the people in government and for taxes. As time has gone on, it gives us a better picture of who we are as a nation and how to better…
Descriptors: Elections, Political Campaigns, Presidents, Demography
Scala, Dante J.; Johnson, Kenneth M. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Political commentators routinely treat rural America as an undifferentiated bastion of strength for Republicans. In fact, rural America is a deceptively simple term describing a remarkably diverse collection of places encompassing nearly 75 percent of the U.S. land area and 50 million people. Voting trends in this vast area are far from…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Elections, Presidents, Voting
Schulzki, Anton – Geography Teacher, 2016
Social studies teachers can certainly teach about elections at any time, but in light of the importance of a presidential election, this once-every-four-year civic extravaganza should not be missed! With the election of 2016 coming in the fall, it provides rich opportunities for discussions, classroom lessons, and community service opportunities…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Service Learning, Elections
Kenreich, Todd W. – Geography Teacher, 2016
With the 2016 presidential election right around the corner, geography provides a dynamic view of the spatial patterns and processes that shape the electorate. The major presidential campaigns know that a winning strategy must use geography to make informed decisions about where to allocate limited resources such as money and staff. In the end,…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Political Campaigns, Elections, Resource Allocation
Baker, Thomas R. – Geography Teacher, 2015
Ever want to take a quick, deep-dive into a map found in students' textbooks? Ever want to use a web-based map to bring that static, print map to life? Maybe the map would be better with interactive or near real-time data. This article discusses the new Earth Science GeoInquiries! Earth Science GeoInquiries from Esri are instructional resources…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Maps, Geographic Information Systems, Geographic Concepts
Harshman, Jason – Geography Teacher, 2015
The migration of people along transnational paths, combined with the increased connectedness of billions of people through global media networks, requires reinvestment in a twenty-first century, multidisciplinary conceptualization of geography education. The "colonizer's model of the world" that has for too long identified countries as…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Geography Instruction, Global Education, Teaching Methods
Bernardes DaSilva, Edmar; Kvasnak, Robert Neil – Geography Teacher, 2015
The regional divisions termed as "Latin America" versus "Anglo-America" used by many geographers do not fully reflect the cultural and political trends in the world today. "Latin" is a term that was coined by the French Emperor Napoleon the III in order to justify Mexico's being ruled by Maximillian, and later picked…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Spanish, Portuguese, Political Influences
Oberle, Alex; Araya, Fabian; Cortés, Ximena; Ullestad, Mollie – Geography Teacher, 2015
In a world with an ever-increasing population, diminishing natural resources, and greater levels of consumption, sustainability has emerged as a critical concept and it encompasses everything from international policy to lifestyle changes to "green" technologies. While various aspects of sustainability have been adopted by schools and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Foreign Countries, Lesson Plans
Lisichenko, Richard – Geography Teacher, 2015
As with all classroom innovations intended to improve geographic education, the adoption of virtual reality (VR) poses issues for consideration prior to endorsing its use. Of these, effectiveness, implementation, and safe use need to be addressed. Traditionally, sense of place, geographic knowledge, and firsthand experiences provided by field…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Field Trips
Mazzocca, Ann E.; Finn, John C.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa – Geography Teacher, 2015
The first workshop in this series of institutes exploring the legacies of slavery in Virginia sponsored by the Virginia Geographic Alliance took place in Richmond, Virginia, and explored Africanist aesthetic legacies in contemporary culture and performance. In this workshop, the authors were specifically interested in pursuing the intersecting…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Music Activities, Dance, African American Culture
Finn, John C.; Mazzocca, Ann E.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this special section of "The Geography Teacher" the authors report on two Virginia Geographic Alliance-sponsored workshops that they convened during the spring semester of 2014. The central objective of these workshops was to bring pre-service education students in Virginia together with social studies teachers from around the state…
Descriptors: Slavery, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cultural Literacy, Heritage Education
Finn, John C.; Mazzocca, Ann E.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa – Geography Teacher, 2015
This article provides a brief overview of the March 2014 workshop that the authors organized with approximately thirty pre-and in-service teachers from around the state of Virginia. The authors' broad focus in this workshop was the connection between race and the cultural landscape in Virginia. The goals were relatively simple: to get teachers and…
Descriptors: Workshops, Preservice Teachers, Inservice Education, Race
Monk, Liliana B. – Geography Teacher, 2015
This article on the development of Beijing can introduce students to many topics found in the urban geography section of the AP Human Geography course outline published in 2013. The author provides lesson plans and a PowerPoint presentation as resources for teaching a unit about the city.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Geography, Lesson Plans, Urban Areas
Albert, Donald – Geography Teacher, 2015
This activity is an amusing, but serious exploration into the idea of shapes for grades 4-8. Its purpose is to encourage students to begin thinking about shapes using concrete (and asphalt) examples from their immediate surroundings (i.e., street, block, neighborhood) while enhancing their mental image of world geography. Rather than allowing all…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Regions, Human Geography, Learning Activities
Holloway, Jennifer – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this article the author describes how she teaches third and sixth grade classes about the six essential elements of geography at the beginning of each school year. The six elements organize the eighteen national standards and include: the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society, and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Grade 6
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