Postcards of the World Activity

In order to better understand the geographic concept of PLACE, each student is going to create a postcard.  The place you select should have specific human andphysical characteristics that make it unique.  You may chose to make a postcard based on a place that you have actually visited, a place that holds special meaning, or a place that you have always wanted to travel to.  Try to think globally, but if you absolutely want to do a place in the US, you can.  You should decide what characteristics you want to include in your written description and what images you want to include to help identify this place before you start on the final product, which will be made on an 8×5 index card given to you in class.  The one rule about this postcard is that it cannot contain the name of your place anywhere in the images or in the written description.

Your postcard should be creative and look authentic and professional.  The lined side should be the side where you write to someone about your experience in this place. Describe what it is like there and what makes it unique? Use your senses to help characterize this place: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you taste? The lined side should look authentic so part of the back should include the name and address of the person you are writing to. The front (blank side) should include images, either hand-drawn or cut out, that help identify what makes this place unique.  Avoid obvious images like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, and the like.

You will be graded on the quality of the postcard as well as your ability to articulate human and physical characteristics, through your written description and your images, without using the name of this place.  Avoid being too vague in your description. Avoid being too obscure.

Due Thursday 3/19

Mental Mapping Activity

Mental mapping is by far one of the most important geographic skills you need to acquire. This skill will allow you to find their way in the world as well as respond with understanding to political, cultural, and environmental events. For example, how concerned should you be about the accident on 95 S this afternoon? Depends on where your house is located, right?  On a more global level, how concerned should you be about a coup in Mexico? As a US citizen, you should realize Mexico’s proximity to the US makes their instability a problem for us.
You are going to create two mental maps to help illustrate the concept of relative location. Mental maps are created from memory and not from copying an atlas.
  • Large scale map – draw a map of a location you are familiar with using as much detail of the surroundings as possible. Include important landmarks, roads, parks, bodies of water with labels. (To be done for homework – due Friday, March 13)
  • Small scale map – draw a map of the world using major lines of latitude and longitude. Include major landmasses, bodies of water, and landforms.  You should also include country names & major cities you are familiar with.  (To be done in class on Wednesday, March 11)
Refer to your notes-geography skills handbook pg 8. Title your maps.  The titles should refect what the map is of and not just “small or large scale map.”  Include a compass rose. Use labels & color where appropriate. Use a key or legend to explain symbols and color.
Helpful tip: Sketch your map on a scrap sheet of paper before drawing the final version on the blank sheet of computer paper.