This mini-unit aims to give students an understanding of urbanisation and the impact of urbanisation on cities around the world.
This unit is appropriate for students in grades 7-9 and has been designed around the Australian Curriculum for Year 8 Geography, Unit 2: Changing nations. Internet access is required for students to complete activities within this mini-unit.
All materials in this unit are fully editable!
The unit is framed by a 39-slide powerpoint:
-28 slides contain subject specific content
-11 slides either direct students to activities or contain headings.
The PowerPoint provides an introduction to urbanisation and migration, as well as information about causes of urbanisation, facts about urbanisation, case study cities (Jakarta, Melbourne and Sydney) and information about urban planning/urban boundaries (Melbourne and Vancouver). It also includes a link to a YouTube clip about the industrial revolution as background information on the link between industrialisation and urbanisation.
The mini-unit contains 4 activities and 2 assessments:
-Matching key terms: students match key terms to their correct definition (answers provided)
-Causes of urbanisation: students complete this worksheet using the notes within the powerpoint presentation. Students also provide suggestions of advantages and disadvantages to living in urban/rural areas.
-Industrial revolution: Students watch a YouTube clip and answer comprehension questions on the accompanying worksheet. Teacher answer sheet provided.
-Case study cities (Jakarta, Melbourne, Sydney): students complete this task based on notes within the powerpoint presentation and one additional reading article (online). Students record information about the impact of urbanisation on the three cities.
-A tale of three cities (assessment): Students are required to produce a poster that outlines the challenges faced by Jakarta, Melbourne and Sydney as a result of urbanisation. Students also propose possible solutions to these challenges. An assessment rubric is provided.
-Planning urban futures: Students are required to research and produce a report about the urban expansion of Melbourne and an Asian city of their choice. Students need to produce a comparison of the two cities and form a conclusion about whether Melbourne should be allowed to expand any further. An assessment rubric is provided.
4 x worksheets
2 x assessment tasks with rubrics
4-page teaching guide
The mini-unit is designed to take approximately 14-23 lessons of class time (4-6 week), with the assumption that a lesson is 50 minutes long. Time taken on this unit will depend on the age of your students and whether or not you allow students to conduct research for assessment tasks during class time.
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