SED 741 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer
Blending History and Geography - how do we teach geopolitically?
Below are the discussion guides on
geography. Remember, each is separated by a solid line.
Traditionial interpretation of geography: the study of
land, places, and the people in those lands.
Contemporary intepretation of geography: the study of geopolitics - the influence of geography, culture, ethnicity, and religion on the
especially the domestic and foreign policies, of a nation.
Teaching geography in our classrooms requires us to teach students:
- to learn to read maps by thinking about how and why maps
shape our perceptions of geography and our world; and
- to think about geography in geopolitical terms.
- Maps of War - excellent annimated, 90 second maps of "The March of Democracy," "History of Religion," "Imperial History of the Middle East," "Iraq," "WWII," "Terrorism" at http://www.mapsofwar.com/
- Rethinking Schools Map Game at http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
- For a fun, map quiz of the United States, see http://www.ilike2learn.com/ilike2learn/unitedstates.html
- For a fun, map quiz of Africa, see http://www.maps.com/games/africa.aspx
- Find it in Europe at http://www.maps.com/games/quiz-eur.aspx
- WWI Caricature Maps at http://users.humboldt.edu/ogayle/hist111/WWICaricatureMaps.html
What we need to know about maps:
- Maps can be fun.
- Everyone can make a map.
- All maps are selective and represent a point of
- Every map is a view of the globe - to show one
view accurately, you must distort another.
- It is important to ask questions about maps.
- Maps should be analyzed in geopolitical terms.
Questions to Think About When
- For what specific purposes do you think the map was created?
- Who do you think would use this map?
- What is accurately reflected in this map?
- What is inaccurately reflected in this map?
- What story is told in this map?
- What cultural assumptions or biases are reflected on the map?
- What is at the center of the map?
- What is left in the margins of the map?
- What is entirely left off the map?
- Does the map emphasize the needs and goals of a certain class of
- Are quality of life issues reflected in the map?
- How would you change the map to better fit your needs and
Expanding the Boundaries of Our World: A
Facing the Future - an incredible web site that provides
of lessons that link geopolitical issues specifically to global
and poverty. See http://www.facingthefuture.org.
The attached handout will give you an idea of what is available at that
To order the Peter's Projection map and the 4-page teacher's guide
as well as other map projections, see http://www.petersmap.com
call ODT, Inc. at 1-800-736-1293. FAX to 413-549-3503.
Have your students use several great study tools available on the
- Teachable geopolitical map resources: