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Mapping the Caribbean Lesson Plan

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Title: Mapping the Caribbean Lesson Plan
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Uhrovic, Jill
Publisher: Florida International University Libraries
Place of Publication: Miami, FL

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Subjects / Keywords: Teaching guide or lesson plan
Caribbean Area—Maps
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095017/00001

Material Information

Title: Mapping the Caribbean Lesson Plan
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Uhrovic, Jill
Publisher: Florida International University Libraries
Place of Publication: Miami, FL

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Teaching guide or lesson plan
Caribbean Area—Maps
Genre: lesson plan
Spatial Coverage:

Record Information

Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID: UF00095017:00001


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Mapping the Caribbean


Grade Level (S)

3-12

Subject

History, Geography, Caribbean

Lesson Overview

Students will have the opportunity to explore historical and modern day maps and learn how maps can
serve as important tools for understanding the Caribbean.

Estimated Time

Two 45 minute sessions.

Standards (From the National Standards of Geographic Education)

o How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to
acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective
o The physical and human characteristics of a place
o How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions
o How to apply geography to interpret the past

Objectives and Goals

After completing this lesson the student should:

o Understand the basic concept of a map
o Understand how historical maps can provide information for understanding the
Caribbean
o Understand how GIS can be used to further explore phenomenon on the region.

Teaching the Lesson

Introducing the lesson

Begin the lesson by introducing the purpose of maps and how and why they are important as well as
introducing the concepts of spatial awareness and spatial perspectives. Also, explain the varying ways
to define the region.

For example:










A map:


o Is a fundamental tool that allows the human mind to understand the world
o Is a communication tool
o Serves as storage for spatial data

Once students are familiar with these concepts begin by showing them examples of maps found in the
Digital Library of the Caribbean Collection(DLOC) [click here]. As you show a few examples of these
historical maps begin to explain the concept of evaluating maps as information resources ie, considering
the purpose of the map, the historical context of that map, what the map shows or doesn't show. This is
also an opportunity to explain basic elements found on a map, including the north arrow, a key, scale
etc.

Break students into groups of 3 or 4 and assign them a map from DLOC. Have them take about 15
minutes to provide a narrative for their maps. Have them present that narrative to the group.

Accurate map of the island of St. Christopher, vulgarly called St. Kits. containing all the towns.
parishes, forts &c.
Chart of the West Indies
new general chart for the West Indies, of E. Wrights protection vut. Mercators chart
Urbs Domingo In Hispaniola

Next you will introduce the idea of GIS and modern map making in understanding both current and past
phenomenon in the region. Define the basic concepts of GIS including:

Data
Layering
4 basic spatial relationships: Proximity, Adjacency, Intersection, and Containment

If possible have students play with an online atlas or other web mapping application such as google
earth. Have them break into groups of 3-4 students and have them create a narrative of the Caribbean
based on the information found through these tools. In addition to Google Earth these tools are also
available

Globalis
ArcGIS Explorer
ESRI Sketch a Map

(For additional information about working with GIS and Web Mapping applications in the classroom,
visit ESRI's GIS Education Community. )

Discuss the difference and similarities between the modern maps and historical maps, as well as the
opportunities modern maps and GIS provide us.

See attached presentation for additional lecture notes.










Assessment


Before the lesson, have students draw a map of the Caribbean asking them to include not only where
places are but what they know about these places. Once the students have completed the exercise, ask
them to again create a map of the region.