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1 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 1 Physical and Cultural Geography of Louisiana 1. Time Zones 2. Place Location 3. Map Construction 4. Chart/Graph Construction 5. Physical/human characteristics 7. Physical changes 8. Factors causing change 9. Changing LA 10. Analysis of demographic information 11. Geographical influence 12. Cultural diversity and cultural diffusion 15. Affects of nature 16. Natural resources 17. Contemporary geographic issue 42. Making decisions 75. Ethnic groups 78. Affect of geography 80. Economic diversity 81. Cultural elements - use time zones and the International Date Line to calculate times in different places - locate major geographic features, places, and bodies of water on a LA map - construct a map based on narrative information - construct/interpret a chart or diagram to effectively display geographical information - describe/analyze distinguishing physical and/or human characteristics of LA regions - describe ways in which location and physical features have influenced historical events in LA and its development as a state - explain how or why specific regions are changing as a result of physical phenomena - identify and describe factors that cause a region of LA to change - explain ways in which goals, cultures, interests, inventions, and technological advances have affected people s perceptions and uses of places or regions in LA - describe the causes/effects of cultural diffusion and effects of cultural diversity in LA - describe the contributions of ethnic groups significant in LA history - explain cultural elements that have shaped LA s state heritage 3 weeks 2 and 3

2 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 2 Economics in Louisiana 13. Interdependence 16. Natural resources 30. Types of taxes 37. Impact of military and economic alliances 38. U. S. foreign policy 42. Making decisions 43. Evaluating decisions 45. Role of specialization 46. Researching a career 47. Job skills 48. Productive resources 49. Comparing three major economic systems 50. Major economic institutions 52. Supply and demand 53. Goods and services 54. Public/private sectors 55. Government policies 58. Economic development 59. Economic indicators 60. Basic terms 61. Inflation/unemployment 65. Cause/effect of a historic event 78. Affect of geography 79. Natural resources effect on history - describe factors that contribute to economic interdependence at levels as related to LA past and present - analyze the distribution and uses of LA s natural resources - analyze situations involving scarcity (limited resources) at the individual, group, and societal levels to determine the need for choices or what is gained/lost by a decision - explain how effective economic decisions require comparing the additional costs of alternatives with additional benefits - explain choice/trade-offs, cost/benefits, and opportunity costs is related to making personal economic decisions - analyze the role of specialization in LA s economy - use a variety of resources to research education and training for jobs and careers - cite examples of how skills/knowledge and technical training increase personal productivity and career opportunities and which skills/knowledge would enhance particular career prospects - describe how the four basic economic questions are answered in traditional versus command versus market economies - describe how supply and demand affects prices - explain and analyze factors affecting 4 weeks 3

3 production and allocation of goods/services in Louisiana and the United States - explain the difference between private goods/service and public goods/services and give examples of each - describe historical and economic factors influencing the economic growth, interdependence, and development of LA and the nation - identify the meaning of various economic indicators that help describe the state of an economy - describe the influence/impact of inflation or unemployment on different groups of people - describe/analyze the impact of LA s geographic features on historic events, settlement patterns, and economic development - explain how LA s natural resources have shaped its history

4 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) LA Constitution - identify the powers of state government as 19. Purpose of constitution defined in the LA Constitution Louisiana 20. Powers of government - describe the purposes of state constitutions Government 21. Local government and describe the relationship of the LA 22. Limits of government Constitution to the U. S. Constitution 23. Qualifications/terms - identify the structure and powers of the three 24. Current leaders branches of the state government, the limits of 25. Process bill to law those powers, and key positions within each 26. Evaluating rules/laws branch 27. Formation of policies - describe the various forms of local 28. Purpose of taxes government in LA 29. Types of taxes - describe powers/responsibilities and limits of 31. Principles of power for government officials at the local and government state levels in LA 32. Resolving conflict - identify current government leaders at the 33. Democratic process state, local, and national levels in the U. S. 34. Census - list an apply criteria for evaluating rules/laws 35. Electoral College - describe ways in which public policies are 36. Citizen participation formed, including the role of lobbyists, special 39. Individual rights interest groups, and constituents 40. Citizen influence - identify types of taxes collected by the local, 41. Informed citizenry state, and federal governments 56. Consequences of taxes - explain how the LA Constitution reflects the principles of government set forth in the U. S. Constitution - analyze how the democratic process has been used to institute change in LA Allotted Time Chapters 4 weeks 4

5 - describe the role of the Electoral College and how LA participates in that system - describe ways in which citizens can organize, monitor, or influence government politics at the local, state, and national levels - identify the various types of taxes and user fees and predict their consequences

6 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) 4 6. Geographical influence - describe ways in which location and physical 11. Geographical influence features have influenced historical events in Early on settlement patterns LA and the development of the state Peoples 12. Cultural diversity and - explain why humans settled and formed of cultural diffusion societies in specific regions or why immigrant Louisiana 14. Environmental groups (e.g. Acadians) settled in specific and a modifications areas of LA Meeting 15. Affect of nature - describe the causes/effects of cultural of 62. Timeline construction diffusion and the effects of cultural diversity Different 63. Timeline interpretation in LA Worlds 64. Compare/contrast - analyze, evaluate, and predict consequences of 65. Cause/effect of a environmental modifications in LA landforms, historical event natural resources, and plant or animal life 66. Historical LA figures - analyze benefits and challenges of the LA 67. Bias/Propaganda physical environments on its inhabitants 70. Research skills - construct a timeline of key events in LA 71. Early explorers history 72. Influential leaders - interpret data presented in a timeline 73. Major events correlating LA, U. S., and world history 74. Migration to LA - compare/contrast events and ideas from LA s 75. Ethnic groups past and present, explaining political, social, 76. Various governments or economic contexts 77. Major conflicts - analyze how a given historical figure 78. Affect of geography influenced or changed the course of LA s history - analyze given source material to identify opinion, propaganda, or bias - conduct historical research using a variety of resources and evaluate those resources to Allotted Time Chapters 4 weeks 5, 6, and 7

7 answer historical questions related to LA history - describe major early explorers and explorations significant to LA or early settlers in LA - describe leaders who were influential in LA s development - describe and explain the importance of major events and ideas in the development of LA - describe the causes/effects of various migrations into LA

8 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 5 1 week 7 The Acadian Odyssey 3. Map construction 5. Physical/human characteristics 9. Changing Louisiana 11. Geographical influence on settlement patterns 12. Cultural diversity and cultural diffusion 58. Economic development 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historic event 66. Historical LA figures 67. Bias and propaganda 70. Research skills 71. Early explorers 72. Influential leaders 73. Major events 74. Migration to LA 75. Ethnic groups 78. Affect of geography 81. Cultural elements - construct a map based on given narrative information - describe/analyze the distinguishing physical and/or human characteristics of LA regions - explain ways in which cultures have affected perceptions and uses of places or regions in LA - explain why the Acadians settled and formed societies in specific areas of LA - describe the causes/effects of cultural diversity in LA

9 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 6 Louisiana Becomes a State 2. Place location 6. Geographical influence 9. Changing Louisiana 11. Geographical influence on settlement patterns 12. Cultural diversity and cultural diffusion 13. Interdependence 15. Affects of nature 42. Making decisions 48. Productive resources 49. Comparing three major economic systems 51. Economic concepts 52. Supply and demand 53. Goods and services 57. International trade 58. Economic development 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historic event 68. Political cartoons 69. Conflict resolution 70. Research skills 72. Influential leaders 73. Major events 74. Migration to Louisiana 75. Ethnic groups - locate major landforms and geographic features, places, and bodies of water on a LA map - describe ways in which location and physical features have influenced historical events in LA and the development of the state - explain ways in which goals, cultures, interests, inventions, and technological advances have affected perceptions and uses of places or regions in Louisiana - describe the causes and effects of cultural diffusion and the effects of cultural diversity in LA - describe factors that contribute to economic interdependence at the local, national, and global level, as related to LA s past and present - analyze the benefits and challenges of LA s physical environment on its inhabitants - characterize and analyze the use of productive resources in an economic system - use economic concepts (e.g. scarcity, economic cost) to explain historic and contemporary events and developments in LA - explain reasons for trade between nations and the impact of international trade - describe historical and economic factors influencing the economic growth, interdependence, and development of LA and the nation 4 weeks 8 and 9

10 76. Various governments 77. Major conflicts 78. Affect of geography 79. Natural resources effect on history 80. Economic diversity 81. Cultural elements - construct a timeline of key events in LA history - analyze the causes/effects of a given historical event in LA - interpret a political cartoon - propose and defend potential solutions to past and current issues in LA - conduct historical research using a variety of resources and evaluate those resources to answer historical questions related to LA history - describe leaders who were influential in LA s development - describe and explain the importance of major events and ideas in the development of LA - describe the contributions of ethnic groups influential in LA history - trace and describe various governments in LA history - explain how LA s natural resources have shaped its history

11 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 7 Civil War 2. Place location 6. Geographical influence 13. Interdependence - locate major landforms and geographic features, places, and bodies of water on a LA map - describe ways in which location and physical features 4 weeks 10 and 11 and 35. Electoral College have influenced historical events in LA and the Reconstruction 42. Making decisions development of the state 51. Economic concepts 58. Economic development 60. Basic terms 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historic event 66. Historical LA figures 69. Conflict resolution 70. Research skills 72. Influential leaders 73. Major events 74. Migration to Louisiana 75. Ethnic Groups 76. Various governments 77. Major conflicts 78. Affect of geography 79. Natural resources effect on history - describe factors that contribute to economic interdependence at the local, national, and global level, as related to LA s past and present - analyze situations involving scarcity (limited resources) at the individual, group, and societal levels to determine the need for choices or what is gained/lost by a decision - use economic concepts (e.g. scarcity, opportunity cost) to explain historic and contemporary events and developments in LA - explain reasons for trade between nations and the impact of international trade - construct a timeline of key events in LA history - interpret data presented in a timeline correlating LA, U. S., and world history - analyze the causes, effects, or impact of a given historical event in LA - analyze how a given historical figure influenced or changed the course of LA history - propose and defend potential solutions to past and current issues in LA - conduct historical research using a variety of resources and evaluate those resources to answer historical questions related to LA history

12 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 8 Transitions 2. Place locations 6. Geographic influence 7. Physical changes - locate major landforms and geographic features, places, and bodies of water on a LA map - describe ways in which location and physical features 3 weeks 12 and 13 to the 8. Factors causing change have influenced historical events in LA and the Twentieth 9. Changing Louisiana development of the state Century 14. Environmental - explain how or why specific regions are changing as modifications 15. Affects of nature 16. Natural resources 17. Contemporary geographic issues 27. Formation of policy 30. Types of taxes 32. Resolving conflict 33. Democratic process 40. Citizen influence 51. Economic concepts 52. Supply and demand 55. Government policies 58. Economic development 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historical event 66. Historical LA figures 67. Bias and propaganda 70. Research skills 72. Influential leaders a result of physical phenomena - identify and describe factors which cause a LA region to change - analyze the benefits and challenges of LA s physical environment on its inhabitants - describe ways by which public policies are formed, including the role of lobbyists, special interest groups, and constituents - evaluate a type of tax in a historical context - analyze how the democratic process has been used to institute change in LA - use economic concepts (e.g. scarcity, opportunity cost) to explain historic and contemporary events in LA - describe historical and economic factors influencing economic growth, interdependence, and development of LA and the nation - construct a timeline of key events in LA history and interpret data presented in a timeline that correlates LA, U. S. and world history - compare and contrast events and ideas from LA s past and present, explaining political, social, or economic contexts 73. Major events

13 75. Ethnic Groups 76. Various governments 77. Major conflicts 78. Affect of geography 79. Natural resources effect on history - analyze the causes, effects, or impact of a given historical event in LA history - analyze how a given historical figure influenced or changed the course of LA history - interpret a political cartoon - conduct historical research using a variety of resources and evaluate those resources to answer historical questions related to LA history - describe leaders who were influential in LA s development - describe and explain the importance of major events and ideas in the development of LA - trace and describe various governments in LA history - describe major conflicts in context of LA history - describe and analyze the impact of LA s geographic features on historic events, settlement patterns, and economic development - explain how LA s natural resources have shaped its history

14 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Allotted Time Chapters 9 3 weeks 14 and 15 Eras of World War II and Civil Rights 6. Geographic influence 9. Changing Louisiana 10. Analysis of demographic information 13. Interdependence 16. Natural resources 18. Louisiana Constitution 19. Purpose of constitution 28. Purpose of taxes 32. Resolving conflict 33. Democratic process 39. Individual rights 40. Citizen influence 41. Informed citizenry 42. Making decisions 44. Making choices 45. Role of specialization 48. Productive resources 51. Economic concepts 53. Goods and service 58. Economic development 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historical event 66. Historical LA figures 67. Bias and propaganda 68. Political cartoons 69. Conflict resolution - describe ways in which location and physical features have influenced historical events in LA and the development of the state - explain ways in which goals, cultures, interests, inventions, and technological advances have affected people s perceptions and uses of places or regions in LA - trace the state s economic development and growth toward economic diversity - describe factors that contribute to economic interdependence at the local, national, and global level, as related to LA s natural resources - explain why taxes are needed and purposes for which tax monies/revenues are used - describe various peaceful ways of resolving political or social conflicts, including majority vote vs. consensus - analyze how the democratic process has been used to institute change in LA - identify individual rights guaranteed in the LA Constitution - explain the importance of being an informed citizen on public issues, recognizing propaganda, and knowing the voting issues - analyze situations involving scarcity (limited resources) at the individual, group, and societal levels to determine the need for choices or what is gained/lost by a decision - use economic concepts (e.g. scarcity, opportunity cost) to explain historic and contemporary events and developments in LA - construct a timeline of key events in LA history

15 70. Research skills 72. Influential leaders 73. Major events 76. Various governments 77. Major conflicts 79. Natural resources effect on history 80. Economic diversity - interpret data presented in a timeline correlating LA, U. S., and world history - analyze the causes, effects, or impact of a given historical event in LA - analyze how a given historical figure influenced or changed the course of LA history - analyze given source material to identify opinion, propaganda, or bias - interpret a political cartoon - conduct historical research using a variety of resources and evaluate those resources to answer historical questions related to LA history - describe leaders who were influential in LA s development - describe and explain the importance of major events and ideas in the development of LA - trace and describe various governments in LA history - describe major conflicts in context of LA history - describe and analyze the impact of LA s geographic features on historic events, settlement patterns, and economic development - explain how LA s natural resources have shaped its history - trace the state s economic development and growth toward economic diversity

16 Unit GLE s Guiding Questions Can students do the following (?) Physical changes - explain how or why specific regions are changing 9. Changing Louisiana as a result of physical phenomena Louisiana 10. Analysis of demographic - explain ways in which goals, culture, interests, Ends the information inventions, and technological advancements have 20 th 11. Geographical influence affected people s perceptions and uses of places or Century of settlement patterns regions in Louisiana and 12. Cultural diversity and - analyze the population characteristics and other Enters cultural diffusion demographic information about the United States the 21st 13. Interdependence and Louisiana, including rates of increase/decrease 14. Environmental for demographic variables modifications - describe factors that contribute to economic 15. Affects of nature interdependence at the local, national, and global 16. Natural resources levels, as related to Louisiana s past and present 17. Contemporary - analyze, evaluate, and predict consequences of geographic issue environmental modifications on LA landforms, 24. Current leaders natural resources, and plant or animal life 27. Formation of policies - analyze the benefits and challenges of the Louisiana 30. Types of taxes physical environments on its inhabitants 37. Impact of military and - analyze the distribution and uses of Louisiana s economic alliances natural resources 38. U.S. foreign policy - identify a contemporary Louisiana geographic issue 41. Informed citizenry and research possible solutions 45. Role of specialization - identify current government leaders at the state, 48. Productive resources local, and national levels in the United States 51. Economic concepts - describe ways by which public policies are formed, 52. Supply and demand including the role of lobbyists, special interest 53. Goods and services groups, and constituents 54. Public/private sectors - evaluate a type of tax in a historical context 55. Government policies - explain the role of nation-states in various alliances Allotted Time Chapters 3 weeks 16

17 57. International trade 58. Economic development 59. Economic indicators 62. Timeline construction 63. Timeline interpretation 64. Compare/contrast 65. Cause/effect of a historic event 66. Historical LA figures 67. Bias and propaganda 68. Political cartoons 69. Conflict resolution 72. Influential leaders 73. Major events 74. Migration to LA 75. Ethnic groups 79. Nature resources affect on history 80. Economic diversity 81. Cultural elements and international organizations (e.g. NATO, United Nations, OPEC) and identify effects of their decisions upon Louisiana - explain how United States foreign policy has affected Louisiana - explain the importance of being an informed citizens on public issues, recognizing propaganda, and knowing the voting issues - use economic concepts (e.g. scarcity, opportunity costs) to explain historic and contemporary events and developments in Louisiana - explain how supply and demand affect prices - identify the costs and benefits of a given government policy (e.g. trade agreements, minimum wage) on a competitive market - describe historic and economic factors influencing the economic growth, interdependence, and development of Louisiana and the nation - explain the meaning of various economic indicators that help describe the state of an economy - construct a timeline of key events in Louisiana history - interpret data presented in a timeline correlating Louisiana, United States, and world history - analyze the causes, effects, or impact of a given historical event in Louisiana - analyze how a given historical figure influenced or changed the course of Louisiana s history - analyze given source material to identify opinion, propaganda, or bias - interpret a political cartoon - propose and defend potential solutions to past and current issues in Louisiana

18 - describe leaders who were influential in Louisiana s development - describe and explain the importance of major ideas in the development of Louisiana - explain how Louisiana s natural resources have shaped its history - trace the state s economic development and growth toward economic diversity

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