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In World History, it is essential to have a spatial understanding of where peoples and events of study are located. Yet, many students struggle with knowing where not only countries are, but regions as well. Thus, mapping is a must in any World History class whether it be at the regular, honors, or AP level. However, as a teacher, it can be difficult to find the exact map you’re looking for (usually a blank map) or creating one yourself is very time consuming.
When I wanted to get my students to learn the Regions, Sub-Regions, and Oceans (I included the Mediterranean Sea) of the world, I had to create my own map quiz. I dissected (by hand) a blank world map into 16 selected regions/sub-regions, 4 oceans, and a sea. Then, I drew lines on the map to indicate what region/sub-region/ocean/sea is to be represented. Each line that is to be labeled has a star (*) next to the line to help aid students.
I use this for all levels of World History at the beginning of the year. Generally, I give students the blank map to label on the second day of school. Students have until the end of the week to complete and study the map. At the end of the week, students are quizzed over their knowledge of the selected regions/sub-regions/oceans. This can easily be adapted for teachers who would like their students to color their initial map.
The zip file contains:
Directions for mapping (includes map bank) + blank map of world
Directions for mapping (includes map bank) + map of world w/drawn sub-Regions
World Regions/Sub-regions/Oceans Answer Key