Geographic Luck: Geography's Influence on History. Guns, Germs & Steel Activity

Geographic Luck: Geography's Influence on History.  Guns, Germs & Steel Activity
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This packet of worksheets introduces students to Jared Diamond’s theory of Geographic Luck. It uses key quotes from professionals and researchers from the documentary Guns, Germs & Steel: Out of Eden (episode 1).

Students will analyze quotes for vocabulary comprehension and exploration of key concepts including: geographic luck, domestication, haves and have nots, Western colonization, inequality, prehistory, and racism. There are many types of questions used to integrate Common Core Literacy Standards. Students will identify synonyms, match vocabulary, analyze sentence/ paragraph structure, examine diagrams, inspect ideas, infer meaning and explore new concepts.

UPDATE: There is now a song included focused on the Geographic Luck concpet with a lyric analysis worksheet that compares Papua New Guinea to Egypt. Students analyze the lyrics to search for the key features that allowed Egypt to flourish while New Guineans were mostly in survival mode and never advanced technologically.

The main worksheet also now has a key included.

There is an included PowerPoint and additional worksheet on River Valley Systems that has a guided notes activity connected with the ppt. The second part of the PowerPoint is a review quiz that takes 15-20 minutes. I’ve included 2 copies of the presentation: one with TurningPoint questions integrated if students have access to a Turning Technology student response system and one without the technology integrated into the question slides.

The worksheets can be used as stand-alones. If you want them to see the video, it can be found here: I also created an edited version, which I can send you a link to if you are concerned about the amount of tribal nudity in the documentary. But the video is not necessary for this guided inquiry packet.

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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