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Unit 3 - "North Africa and Southwest Asia"

Unit Focus
In this unit, students will understand the roles of physical and cultural geography and the relationship between physical and human features in Southwest Asia and North Africa. Students will understand how physical and human geography interact through a group project. They will research and present a cultural briefing to the 3rd Infantry troops stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia who are being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Using Unit Connecting Themes, students will understand how culture - the product of religion, beliefs, customs, traditions and government - influences decision-making. The Unit Connecting Theme of human environmental interaction will help students understand how physical features such as mountains and bodies of water are linked to human features such as development and population patterns. The Unit Connecting Theme of location will help students understand that where people reside affects the development of the society’s economy, culture, and development.
Standards/Elements
SSWG3 – The students will describe the interaction of physical and human systems that have shaped contemporary North Africa/Southwest Asia.
a. Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on N. Africa/SW Asia
b. Describe the major climates of N. Africa/SW Asia and how they have affected the development of N. Africa/ SW Asia.
c. Analyze the impact natural resources, especially oil, have on N. Africa/SW Asia
d. Analyze the impact of water supplies on the growth of population centers
e. Explain the impact of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the development of the region’s culture.
f.  Explain why this region contains areas on two different continents.
g. Describe the major ethnic and cultural groups in N. Africa/SW Asia; include major customs and traditions.
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