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Teacher Notes
These Teacher Notes offer a guide for how to use these graphic organizers.
1. Chronology – the order in which events happen
2. Timeline – used to track events by date in chronological order
3. B.C.E. or B.C. – “before common era” or “before Christ” – these refer
to the years before the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar.
4. C.E. or A.D. – “common era” or “anno domini” – these refer to the
years after the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar.
5. Point of View – a personal attitude or opinion about a subject
6. Bias – a personal preference or belief about a person, event, etc.
Analyzing Sources
Primary Source: a primary source is a source that originated at the time an
event took place or was written by someone who experienced the event.
Examples: letters, speeches, photographs, film footage, architecture,
diaries, government records.
Secondary Source: a source created after an event has taken place.
Examples: textbooks, biographies, encyclopedias, history books.
Measuring Time
Decade – a period of 10 years
Century – a period of 100 years
Millennium – a period of 1,000 years
Period – similar to era, a large division of time
Era – a large division of time, usually larger than a period.
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Teacher Notes
Branches of History
Anthropology: the study of human culture. Anthropologists study how
humans adapt to their environment, how they interact with one another,
and how they communicate, among other areas of human behavior.
Economics: the study of how people and nations make choices about how
to use the resources available them. It also refers to how society functions
in reference to what is produced, how it’s produced, and for whom it’s
Archaeology: the study of objects, buildings, etc. left behind by people.
Archaeologists dig in search of these objects to discover how people lived.
Archaeologists find pottery fragments, building supplies, jewelry,
weapons, bones, shells, etc.
Sociology: the study of social behavior, or how people interact with each
Elements of Geography
The World in Spatial Terms: Where is a place located? Geographers use
absolute location and relative location to locate places. Absolute location
is the exact spot of a location on Earth using latitude and longitude
coordinates. Relative location is the location of a place compared to the
location of other places.
Places and Regions: What are the characteristics of an area? These include
physical features and human features (language, religion, architecture,
etc.). A region is a group of places that share a set of common features.
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Teacher Notes
Physical Systems: What physical systems can be found in an area? These
include ecosystems, weather, physical features, and forces that create and
alter Earth’s physical features. People’s lives are affected by these physical
systems (types of shelter, types of food available, types of jobs, etc.)
Human Systems: What do humans create or build in their environment?
Human systems refer to culture, shelters, movement of people from place
to place, economies, etc.
Environment and Society: How do people alter the environment around
them? For example, people build roads, cities, and homes. They use
natural resources to create energy (hydroelectric power, for example). It’s
also the study of how the environment is impacted by human actions.
The Uses of Geography: How do people use the study of geography?
Julian Calendar: This type of calendar was developed by Julius Caesar. It
started counting dates based on the founding of Rome. At 365 ¼ days
long, the Julian calendar faced challenges in accuracy. Every year, several
minutes were lost, leading to a loss of a day every 128 years. As the years
went by, that day added up. People realized a new calendar was needed.
Gregorian Calendar: In 1582 C.E., Pope Gregory XIII started a new
calendar. He began counting years from the birth of Jesus. To solve the
problem of losing days, he designed the calendar so that only years
divisible by 400 would be a leap year.
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Teacher Notes
The Five Themes of Geography
Location – Where a place is located. (See absolute and relative location
description in the “Elements of Geography” section)
Place – What are the characteristics of the place? This includes physical
features (mountains, valleys, coastlines) and human features (cities, roads,
homes, etc.)
Regions – Places that share common characteristics. For example, some
cities share common features (coasts, businesses, architecture) if they are
all situated along the northeast coast.
Movement – Why did people move to that area? What reasons led them
to settle in a particular region? (Access to housing, food sources, and jobs
are possible answers)
Human-Environment Interaction – How have people changed their
environment to suit their needs? How has the environment been
impacted by people’s actions?
Types of Maps
Physical Map – a map that shows landforms and waterways
Political Map – a map that shows the political boundaries of cities, states,
countries, etc.
Population Density Map – a map that shows the number of people who
live in specific geographic locations.
Climate Map – a map that shows the weather patterns of locations on
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