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Geography, Humans, and the Environment

Time, Continuity, and Change

Development, Movement, and Interaction of Cultures

  • 3.5 Communities share cultural similarities and differences across the world.

  • 3.6 Communities from around the world interact with other people and communities and exchange cultural ideas and practices.

    • 3.6a Cultural diffusion is the process by which cultures exchange and transmit ideas, beliefs, technologies, and goods over time.

      • Students will examine people, goods, and ideas that have diffused from other communities into each selected world community and the effects of the people, goods, and ideas on these communities.

      • Students will examine people, goods, and ideas from each selected world community that have diffused into other communities and their effects on those communities.

Civic Ideals and Practices

  • 3.7 Governments in communities and countries around the world have the authority to make and the power to enforce laws. The role of the citizen within these communities or countries varies across different types of governments.

    • 3.7a The United States government is based on democratic principles. The fundamental principles of other governments may be similar to or different from those of the United States government.

      • Purpose of government (3-E.1)
      • Students will examine the type of government is found in each selected world community and compare and contrast it with United States government, as well as with the types of governments found in other selected world communities.

    • 3.7b The process of selecting leaders, solving problems, and making decisions differs across governments in nations and communities around the world.

      • Students will examine different processes of selecting leaders, solving problems, and making decisions in nations and communities and compare and contrast them to the process used in the United States.

    • 3.7c Different governments have different ways of maintaining order and keeping people safe. This includes making rules and laws and enforcing these rules and laws.

      • Students will examine how the government maintains order, keeps people safe, and makes and enforces rules and laws in each selected world community and compare and contrast it with the process in the United States, as well as in selected world communities.

    • 3.7d The definition of citizenship and the role of the citizen vary across different types of political systems, and citizens play a greater role in the political process in some countries than in others.

      • Students will examine the role of the citizen in each selected world community and how this role is similar to or different from the role a citizen plays in the United States, as well in as other selected world communities.

  • 3.8 The concept of universal human rights suggests that all people should be treated fairly and should have the opportunity to meet their basic needs.

Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems

  • 3.9 Communities meet their needs and wants in a variety of ways, forming the basis for their economy.

  • 3.1 Each community develops an economic system that addresses three questions: what will be produced, how will it be produced, and who will get what is produced?

    • 3.10a Communities around the world produce goods and provide services.

      • Students will determine what goods are produced and services are provided in each selected world community.

      • Students will examine how the goods are produced within each selected world community.

      • Students will investigate who receives the goods that are produced in each selected world community.

    • 3.10b World communities have needs, wants, and limited resources. To meet their needs and wants, communities trade with others. Technological developments in transportation and communication have influenced trade.