The great continental debate
How do we define a "continent"?
(Is there any consensus on what factors determine a continent? And how many there are?)
Intro to Today's Discussion:
Sometimes the way we define and categorize things on Earth is based on science, sometimes its based on perspective (such as cultural perspective...where you are from often shapes your view of ...well...literally... the world...), and sometimes its based on historical convention (because its been known that way for a very long time and taught that way in school where you live)...how do we sort it all out and know for sure? Or does it really matter?
Let's Discuss--or DEBATE this.
Some Geography Articles to Consider:
- Geography Facts about the World's Continents
- National Geographic's Explanation
- The case of Australia vs. Greenland. And Australia wins.
- The Continents of the World by NationsOnline.org
- Decide on Number of Continents - Demonstrate, Explain, Debate
- Mapping Our Continents - use atlas pages of textbook to help you
Just for fun...
This Week's HW:
Cards should be a combination of geography terms, concepts, etc. to help you study for next Monday's summative geography test.
Use the following links to join the Quizlet class for your Block:
Block B Students: https://quizlet.com/join/uS6DF2ZEE
Block C Students: https://quizlet.com/join/zxK2CJwSz
HW Instructions: After you Join the class:
- choose to add a New Folder. Label it Individuals and Societies
- Within your new folder click to add a "Add a Set" to add a new set of cards.
- Label your Set of cards "(your first name)' Geography". Example Mare's Geography.
- Click the + sign to begin creating cards.
- Add text and images to your cards.