Social Studies

What in the World? Cultural Geography

Discover & use different types of maps to analyze and draw conclusions about places. Create different versions of a map of your home town or favorite locale to tell the story of the place.
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Students will use geographic vocabulary. 
Students will use maps for varying purposes.
Students will draw conclusions based on maps.
Students will analyze information to determine meaning/historical impact about a place.
Students will create 3 renderings of the same place using different types of maps, in order to tell the viewer a story or narrative about a place.
Students will present their maps and describe their choices. 
I have a Master's Degree in Adolescent Social Studies, and I did a large part of my thesis in geography education. Geography is the most unrepresented social studies subject in the United States and I hope to show the current day relevancy of the topic in this class. 
Students will create a complex map to present on the final day of class. This map should be of a place that the student knows; whether it is a play they live or once lived, or a place they have visited. This place should be relatively small; no larger than a small city. Students will create 3 versions of this map based on map types we talked about. The student should choose the map types based on the goal of telling the audience something; whether it's the history of the place or how certain decisions impact the communities. 
Student will need to create maps; this could be done digitally using basic software like MS paint (or something more complex if they like), or simply printing out maps from Google or Wikipedia and drawing renderings of specific types of map using any art materials they prefer. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This class will discuss climate change as well as war/conflicts in regards to the shaping of the world. 
National Geographic and the New York Times are resources for this class. I may provide articles for optional reading. 


Melissa Quijano
Lives in the United States
Social studies with a twist
476 total reviews
328 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Melissa Quijano (she/her) and I teach classes focused on history and fashion. I believe that you can learn about history from a variety of lenses and vantage points, and fashion is one of them. Fashion is so interesting- besides... 
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