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SS G6:M1:U1

Building Background Knowledge about Geography and Human Rights

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In Unit 1, students build basic geography skills, including learning key vocabulary and how to read different types of maps. They learn how geographers represent the world by studying an atlas and learning about the key geographic features in the world. Students then integrate this geographic understanding with the concept of human rights. They study the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to build a foundation of knowledge about human rights and the quest to create a just society.

They read A Life Like Mine and If the World Were a Village to better understand the ways in which human rights are met and not met in different parts of the world. They also learn how to read a variety of graphs that help them compare information related to human rights in different parts of the world.

Big Ideas & Guiding Questions

  • How do geographers represent the physical, political, social/cultural, and economic world?

- Geographers use maps, graphs and tables to represent what human life and the physical environment are like in various places. Both maps and graphs help people visualize information.

  • What are human rights and why do they matter?  

- Human rights are the rights and privileges that every individual in the world is entitled to, regardless of nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, race, or age. They matter because, without them, life is unbearably hard.

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