This guided inquiry explores the purpose of maps, common definitions, the representational element of maps, how world maps become distorted, and the basics of map projections. Students will analyze key differences between shape preserving maps like the Mercator Projection, equal area preserving maps like the Peter’s Projection, and compromising maps like the Robinson Projection.
A complementary activity explores how some professionals believe that the Mercator map was used in a way to promote a view of reality that made Europe and North America more important due to its size difference over Africa and Latin America. This worksheet searches for a common definition of racism, the results of racism and in what ways the use of a map could promote that. There are no hard-line conclusions drawn from the worksheet. Students are left to ponder the impact that media, like a map, can have upon a person or people group’s psyche. Students really enjoy this activity and discussion.
There is an included quiz, two PowerPoints, review of key terms and concepts, and alternate or retake quiz. Everything is editable in Microsoft Office.
All Social Studies Simplified guided inquiry and reading comprehension worksheets encourage students to use critical thinking strategies to figure out the meaning to terms and concepts by analyzing texts, stats, infographics, maps and pictures.
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