Excited to use the reading of fiction for a senior academic course. What is typically reserved for recreation reading or English classes, fiction storytelling can be a powerful device in building understanding. Finding personal and social meaning of a story often demands developing geographic knowledge.
So, our Geography teacher, a ‘book club’ LAT and a teacher-librarian are collaboratively planning a Project Based Learning unit for Geography 12 AP. The project’s core is exploiting the power of Literature Circles strategies that engage the five major curriculum threads of Geography 12 with a FICTION reading list. Our Grade 12’s will select a title after we provide book talks, exemplars and an introduction to the books and outcomes.
The project is designed so student’s written reflections address the five themes of Geography (Movement, Region, Location, Interaction with the Environment and Nature of Place). Even historical inquiry demands the inclusion of “geographic eyes” to build deeper understanding. An exemplary book report should include some interpretation of geographic elements that build more understanding.
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Discussion options, through social media may enrich the conversations during December as everyone reads. It’s always wonderful hearing what students think!
Teachers will add instructional elements for communication, writing outcomes, text notations and works cited products. In addition, to various writing pieces, a peer sharing process and assessment will conclude the unit.
Our plan is that the teachers will share support, discussions and assessment duties.
How does reading fiction strengthen understanding of the real world?
In addition to the academic rigour of formal disciplines, storytelling provides the author liberty to express the affective side of understanding human interactions. Reading fiction encourages people to build language and share human relationships with a sense of time and place. Social Studies can be an interface to sciences and arts. The personal and emotional responses to stories helps people make conceptual connections. Fiction poses hypothetical scenarios and relationships that provoke our intellectual growth.
Elements to consider when composing the project’s written component”
- Human Geography includes the following topics:
- College level course objectives you may encounter:
- Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data.
- Understand and explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena in places.
- Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis.
- Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process.
- Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
- Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
- Geography as a field of inquiry
- Major geographical concepts underlying the geographical perspective: location, space, place, scale, pattern, nature and society, regionalization, globalization, and gender issues
- Key geographical skills
- Identification of major world regions
- Geographical analysis of population
- Population growth and decline over time and space
- Cultural Patterns and Processes
- Concepts of culture
- Cultural differences and regional patterns
- Cultural landscapes and cultural identity
- Political Organization of Space
- Territorial dimensions of politics
- Evolution of the contemporary political pattern
- Challenges to inherited political-territorial arrangements
- Agricultural and Rural Land Use
- Development and diffusion of agriculture
- Major agricultural production regions
- Rural land use and settlement patterns
- Issues in contemporary commercial agriculture
- Industrialization and Economic Development
- Growth and diffusion of industrialization
- Social and economic measures of development
- Contemporary patterns and impacts of industrialization and development
- Cities and Urban Land Use
- Development and characters of cities
- Models of urban hierarchies: reasons for the distribution and size of cities
- Models of internal city structure and urban development: strengths and limitations of models
- Built environment and social space
- Contemporary urban issues