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New Cartography Resource!

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We are so excited to share with you some of the ways this new resource can be utilized in multiple CC programs! Check it out for yourself below!

 

Exploring the World Through Cartography Use Tips

 

Foundations

  • Learn the vocabulary of cartography and geography.
  • Understand how perspective is used in mapmaking with the “Orange Peels and Perspectives” section. See if you can figure out what kind of maps are in the Foundations Guide.
  • Learn about different kinds of maps, such as a topographical map, and try drawing your own.
  • Before you start the Foundations year, bookmark the pages in Exploring the World that deal with the cycle’s geography content and relate to the cycle’s history sentences. (Older students can use this opportunity to learn how to use a table of contents and an index!) Use different colored sticky notes, or number them by week.
  • Practice tracing with included blank maps.
  • Put beautiful images to history as you study, and read aloud the stories about how geography has influenced history.
  • Study unique images from all over the world, from Maori face masks to original maps
  • During your daily math time, use the book to help you figure out what time it is in different parts of the world.
  • Learn about trade routes, from silk to tea to the Roman roads.
  • During your Bible time, see countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”

 

Challenge A

  • Explore the continents more deeply as you learn to draw them. Consider keeping a light journal of your favorite facts and connections to other subjects!
  • Take advantage of the blank maps, perfect for learning to draw. Later, try drawing just the outline of a continent and coloring in the countries yourself.
  • Learn to use and peruse an index as you do research for different projects. How does geography relate to things you read about in literature? In science? In rhetoric?
  • Inspire the imagination with stories of inventions, expeditions, and traditions from around the world.
  • During your Bible time, explore the countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”
  • Keep an eye out for literary quotes that may sound familiar…!
  • Develop a deeper understanding of perspective in mapmaking using the “Orange Peels and Perspectives” section. What kind of map would you choose to draw?

 

Challenge B

  • Discover how geography shaped—and is shaping—history. Pick an area of the world and find a distinctive geographic characteristic. Now imagine that characteristic gone or changed. How would that alter history?
  • During your Bible time, explore the countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”
  • Notice allusions to mythology and legends rooted in real geography. Use the index to search out specific stories or characters.
  • Find the locations of famous astronomers and explore how geography played a role in their work.
  • See the logic of history and politics expressed through stories of world exploration.
  • Learn about topography and see images of the earth changing over time.

 

Challenge I

  • Connect physical science to cartography with the “Orange Peels and Perspectives” section. How might you choose to draw a map?
  • Notice how expeditions and discoveries have shaped American history and documents.
  • Learn about topography and see images of the earth and its resources changing over time.
  • See countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”
  • Discuss natural resources, both in the United States and all over the world. What causes these resources? What kind of influence have they had on American exploration and decisions?
  • Enjoy reading the Latin on old maps.

 

Challenge II

  • Learn how geography can affect history, art, and literature. Use Exploring the World’s index to find fun extra info relating to these subjects.
  • Keep an eye out for quotes by authors you’ve read or will read soon!
  • See the artist’s eye applied to ancient mapmaking. What kinds of techniques do you see implemented? What seems most important to the cartographer?
  • Watch the evolution of art as the image styles change throughout the book. See if you can find a map from each era you study in Western cultural history.
  • Enjoy reading the Latin on old maps.
  • See countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”

 

Challenge III

  • Use this light, imagination-igniting resource as a jumping off point for research and inspiration as you prepare to write your essays for history and literature.
  • See countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission.”
  • Appreciate the integration of literature, history, art, and politics with geography.
  • Visualize American cities, landmarks, and people groups using Exploring the World Through Cartography. Consider how geography influenced the “personality” of cities and the lifestyles of different peoples.
  • Find images and quotes of American figures, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Daniel Boone, and FDR.
  • Enjoy reading the Latin on old maps.

 

Challenge IV

  • Explore how ancient culture and literature were influenced by geography.
  • Learn about the Roman roads system as you read The Aeneid.
  • Trace the paths of the inventions and explorers you read about in The Discoverers. How could geography have played a role in the opportunities of historic “characters”?
  • Use Exploring the World to give your brain a break! Read light, fun stories that parallel your reading in other subjects. Let your imagination reawaken and revive your interest in the goings-on of the world.
  • Get a refresher course on how physics affects topography with the “Orange Peels and Perspectives” section.
  • Enjoy reading the Latin on old maps.
  • Find fascinating photographs from the World Wars and other major historic events.

See countries visited by the apostles in the beautiful, two-page spread “On a Mission."

 

Blessings,

Foundations AA Team