Assignments: #1 The Origin and Growth of Cities: Read; Theories Explanations of Why Cities Originated 1. Define: City, City-State, Surplus, Agriculture, Trade 2. What Geographical factors are most desirable for the location of a city? Is there any single one that would be most beneficial? Explain your answer #2 How have cities grown and thrived over time? Research: Population Charts 1. Using the following charts, create a bar graph showing the growth of cities over the past 2000 years. You may use only the most populous city from each chart or do the total population for the top ten cities. Print out your graphs and bring it to class (if you have a USB key bring the chart in on that as well.) We will vote in class on who has produced the best graph. 2.Why might population have risen so quickly between 1800 and 1900? 3. In what region of the world do we find the largest cities in 2010? Why? #3 Mega Ports Case Study: Yangshan Deepwater Port Shanghai: Read: YangShan Sim City Simulation The goal of the simulation is to give students the opportunity to learn urban planning, growth, trade and management skills. How the Project Works. Phase I: Students will be placed in groups of 5. Each group will be given a department in the city government. They are as follows: Safety Health/Sanitation Education Environment Zoning Commerce After the assignment of Departments the class will elect a mayor and each group will appoint a chairperson. Once the game begins each department will play for one class period on a rotational basis. The first players will be Zoning. They will consult with the Mayor, come to a consensus and make their moves. The game will give advice and offer hurdles. Each department will then make decisions in consultation with the mayor . The goal is to build a thriving, populous, and sustainable city. Throughout the unit As challenges arise class will discuss certain cases from the real world in order to make decisions (See lesson Plans). Challenges and failures are inevitable. They will raise awareness about the immense challenges that cities face as they grow.