Teach Your Students About Political Borders

Posted on October 5, 2012

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How did our modern city, state, and country boundaries come about?  DaVinci Business Graphics gives you an activity that will help your students learn more about political borders. 

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This is a fun cultural and geography lesson for the classroom or home.  The first step is to create a map of a fictitious land.  The map should display regions with different religions and languages, as well as mountains and rivers.  But, don’t draw any borders yet.

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Hand your students copies of the map you’ve created.  The students should analyze the physical boundaries and cultural differences displayed on the map.  Have them draw borders that they think represent the best way for the land to be divided.  Remind your students that there are no right or wrong answers.

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Now, have your them work in small groups and discuss why they chose to divide up their maps a certain way.  Encourage discussion with questions like: Do you think physical features like rivers and mountains are more important than cultural ones when drawing borders?  What would happen if you split a physical feature like a mountain between two countries?  Would each country have enough resources or would they be constantly fighting over territory?

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Have a class discussion about these questions.  Your students will come out of this activity knowing a little bit more about the importance of political borders.  If you need visual aids to help your students learn more about politics, geography, and history; contact DaVinci Business Graphics.  We carry over 200,000 wall maps from the leading publishers.  We have the broadest selection of world, continent, country, US, state, county, and city wall maps.

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  We can help you find the perfect wall map for your lesson plan

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