Essential Question: How do culture, history, geography, people, and government shape the development of a community? ASIA

Essential Understandings:

ASIA – large and diverse continent 3.1c– located and identified by geographical features 3.1b, 3.1c,3.1d– many unique features (Gobi Desert,Himalayas, volcanoes) 3.2a– variety of climates (tropical,sub-tropical, etc.) 3.2a– described by regions (East Asia,Central Asia, South Asia,Southeast Asia) 3.2a– many islands and archipelagos3.2a– contains many different countries3.2a– connected and separated by rivers and waterways and other geographic features (Ganges,Yangtze, Himalayas) 3.2a– natural resources (petroleum,forests) 3.1d, 3.1e– vegetation and wildlife (tigers,pandas, orangutans, Asian elephants) 3.1d

Country Focus:

Case study of an Asian community (China, Japan,Vietnam, etc.)– location and key geographical features 3.1c– impact of geography and climate3.1e, 3.2a– people and groups then and now(issues of diversity/homogeneity)2.3a, 2.3b– economic systems and trade 4.1e,4.1f, 4.2– important contributions(inventions, folk tales, resources,etc.) 2.1c– the legacy of traditional culture(arts, music, dance, literature)2.1a, 2.1c. 2.2d– celebrations and important events 2.4c– family structures, religion,school, work and leisure time2.1c, 2.4b– differences between urban and rural communities