Lesson 3: Controlling Territory
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
Natural Political Boundaries
Artificial Boundaries [man-made]
Turn to a partner and quickly list examples of human factors and physical factors.
North America: 240 Years of History
Open and view the WGS_World History Atlas Rise of Dictatorships_Unit 7.
- What physical and human factors influence a nation’s ability to control its boundaries, territory, and resources?
- What physical and human factors can cause conflict within and between nation-states?
- What does the term international relations mean?
- How might a country’s international relations be affected by politics or other human and physical factors?
Open and download WGS_Controlling Territory_Unit 7 handout.
Working in your regional groups, access the suggested sites and answer the questions posed for your assigned region. For now, disregard the column on the right hand side for “notes,” this will come into play at the end of class.
Web Sources include:
Global Voices is available in multiple languages and uses social media to produce articles based on the local blogs from every country.
Top U.S. News Sources Online access multiple news sources online including major U.S. networks and local newspapers
Newsela has articles at various reading levels
BBC World News access news from around the world organized by region
Work with your group members to research and discover issues in your assigned region related to controlling territory and resources, conflict situations, and/or international relations.
Each person should complete the WGS_Controlling Territory_Unit 7 handout, however, each group should choose a spokesperson for the group who will participate in a Regional News Conference on Global Issues.
As each regional spokesperson reports on an issue from their region, examine your own notes on your assigned region and make additional notes related to which regions have similar issues to those faced by your own region on the right hand side of the WGS_Controlling Territory_Unit 7 handout.
Post your completed regional graphic organizer as an assignment in the Hub.
Revisit the Learning Targets and complete the post-assessment, citing evidence in the last column.