The human-geography relationship plays an important role in history, which is why it is a major theme in World History curriculums. However, it can be difficult at times to find ways to portray this theme to our students.
In this complete lesson plan that spans approximately 3 days (90 minute periods), I created a lesson plan that focuses on how geography impacted Ancient Greece's development. This lesson comes in a zip file that contains a PowerPoint, a cooperative learning activity with handouts, a graphic organizer, and an essay assessment.
The lesson begins with a cooperative learning activity that covers the many government systems in Ancient Greece, and why the numerous city-states could not unite. The lecture centers on the human-environment relationship of Ancient Greece, and has a corresponding graphic organizer for students to fill out.
Finally, the essay is an assessment of students understanding of this major theme that the lesson focuses on. It is often one of the first few essays I do with my World History students; therefore, I have provided scaffolding to help with their essay organization. If your students are more advanced writers, simply provided less scaffolding.