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Social Studies: Grade 7
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Course Guide Image Pending 01 - Geography of Southwest Asia (the Middle East)02 - History of Southwest Asia (Middle East)03 - Political Systems of Southwest Asia04 - Economic Systems of Southwest Asia (Middle East)05 - Geography of Africa06 - Development of Africa07 - Political Systems of Africa08 - Economic Systems of Africa09 - Geography of Southern and Eastern Asia10 - Development of Southern and Eastern Asia11 - Political Systems of Southern & Eastern Asia12 - Economic Systems of Southern and Eastern Asia13 - Personal Finance

Social Studies -- Social Studies: Grade 7
01 - Geography of Southwest Asia (the Middle East)
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Essential Question(s)
Enduring Understanding

    The focus of this unit is how the physical and cultural geography shapes the environment, nations and people of Southwest Asia (the Middle East).

    Every place has unique geographic features that influence how cultures develop.

  • Why are people attracted to certain regions in which to live? (G5a, b; 7a)

  • How does the physical geography of Soutwest Asia contribut to its culture? (G5a, b;7a, b)

  • Different ethnic groups represent diverse cultural traditions.

  • How are the various cultural groups in Southwest Asia (the Middle East) similar and different? (G8a, b)

  • Diverse religions influence the character of a region.

  • How do the presence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam within the same region influence the development of the region? (G8a, b, c, d)

  • Limited resources are often the basis for power and conflict.

  • How does the water supply influence the development of North Africa and Southwest Asia? (G6a)

  • How has the discovery of oil affected the people in Southwest Asia (the Middle East)?
Unit Standards
  • SS7G5
    The student will locate selected features in Southwestern Asia (Middle East).
  • SS7G5.a
    Locate on a world and regional political-physical map: Euphrates River, Jordan River, Tigris River, Suez Canal, Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and Gaza Strip.
  • SS7G5.b
    Locate on a world and regional political-physical map the nations of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
  • SS7G6.a
    Explain how water pollution and the unequal distribution of water impacts irrigation and drinking water.
  • SS7G7.b
    Describe how the deserts and rivers of Southwest Asia (Middle East) have affected the population in terms of where people live,the type of work they do,and how they travel.
  • SS7G8.a
    Explain the differences between an ethnic group and a religious group.
  • SS7G8.b
    Explain the diversity of religions within the Arabs, Persians, and Kurds.
  • SS7G8.c
    Compare and contrast the prominent religions in Southwest Asia (Middle East): Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
  • SS7G8.d
    Explain the reason for the division between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Unit Vocabulary
canal, strait, desert, oasis, oases, irrigation, monotheism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Synagogue, Mosque, Trinity, Imam, Messiah, Qu'ran (Koran), Allah, sect, Shia, Shi'ite, Sunni, ethnic group, ethnicity, Kurds, Persians, Arabs

Cutlure: Religions

Culture: Ethnic Groups

Place: Geography and Its Impact on Population