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Unit 2: Europe

Learning Team Activity

The purpose of Learning Team Activities is to add depth to our understanding about important topics in geography. While each individual focuses on a singular topic, the idea is that these teams serve as online communities where students discuss and add value to their collective knowledge. Students should read their teammates’ work and leave comments that ask questions, add insight, make connections, or otherwise support learning in some way.

Select one of the following missions by claiming it below (click edit and type your name next to the misson). Complete the mission to the best of your ability and share your work with the team on the blog.

(1) Europe’s Physical Features (1-2 person mission, claimed by: E Franks and M Tabor)

  • Scan 11.1 and 11.2 for information about Europe’s physical geography.
  • Choose the top ten physical or climatic features for Europe in terms of significance. This can include landforms, water features, or even weather-related features, such as wind or monsoons.
  • For each feature, include a picture, a description, and an explanation as to why it is significant. You may need to do additional research to learn more about each feature in order write a good description/explanation.
  • Set one of your pictures as the feature picture to represent European physical geography on the learning team home page.
  • After your top-ten list, include honorable mentions, which do not require pictures or descriptions.
  • At the bottom of your post, cite your sources, which should include your book and links to your pictures as well as any other sources used. Use MLA format.

(2) Europe’s Historical Influences (3 person mission, claimed by: W Baker, C Hartsell, and S Li)

  • Scan the “History and Government” sections of 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4 to compile a list of important events that helped shape Europe as a region.
  • Collaborating on dipity.com, list historical events. Be sure that the settings of the timeline are set so that anyone can edit the timeline. Also, be sure you are signed in when adding events to the timeline so that you get credit for your work.
  • For each event, include a picture, a date or range of dates, a description of the event, and a statement of how the event influenced the region.
  • On your learning team page, post a short description of your timeline, a screen shot, and a link to your timeline.

(3) Europe’s Culture (1-3 person mission, claimed by: M Burke, A Jemerson, and B Smith)

  • Scan the “Culture” sections of 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4 for information about important cultural features of Europe.
  • Choose the top ten most significant cultural features of Europe. Features may be from the visual arts, literature, education, healthcare, music, recreation, or any other aspect of culture.
  • For each feature, include a picture, a description, and an explanation as to why it is important. You may need to do additional research to learn more about each feature in order write a good description/ explanation.
  • Set one of your pictures as the feature picture to represent European culture on the learning team home page.
  • After your top-ten list, include honorable mentions, which do not require pictures or descriptions.
  • At the bottom of your post, cite your sources, which should include your book and links to your pictures as well as any other sources used. Use MLA format.

(4) Perspective: Influence of the Cold War on Europe (1 person mission, claimed by: S Lima)

  • Scan sections 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 13.1, 13.2, and the special section on pp. 310-311 for information about the Cold War and its impact on Europe.
  • Write an article that explains the Cold War in Europe. You may need to do additional research to better understand this topic.
  • Be sure to answer the following questions:
    • How did the Cold War divide Europe? What caused this division?
    • How did Western Europe develop differently than Eastern Europe?
    • How did the Cold War end, and what were some challenges that came with the end of the Cold War era?
    • What are the social and economic consequences of the Cold War?
    • What are the environmental consequences of the Cold War?
  • Insert a picture at the top of the page that adds meaning to your post, and set it as your feature picture.
  • Use at least three sources. At the bottom of your post, cite your sources, which should include your book and a link to your picture as well as any other sources used. Use MLA format.

(5) Perspective: The European Union (1 person mission, claimed by: )

  • Scan sections 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 13.1, 13.2, and the case study on pp. 338-339 for information about the European Union and its impact on Europe.
  • Write an article that explains the European Union. You will need to do additional research to better understand this topic.
  • Be sure to answer the following questions:
    • How and why did the European Union begin?
    • What is the European Union, and what is its purpose?
    • What are benefits of the European Union and what are some challenges?
    • How has the European Union affected Europe as a whole?
    • How has the global recession (and associated issues, such as the Greek Debt Crisis) impacted the European Union?
  • Insert a picture at the top of the page that adds meaning to your post, and set it as your feature picture.
  • Use at least three sources. At the bottom of your post, cite your sources, which should include your book and a link to your picture as well as any other sources used. Use MLA format.

(6) Perspective: Effects of Industrialization on Europe’s Environment (1 person mission, claimed by: M Ross)

  • Scan sections 12.1 and 13.2 for information about Industrialization and its impact on Europe.
  • Write an article that explains Industrialization, particularly its effect on the environment in Europe. You will need to do additional research to better understand this topic.
  • Be sure to answer the following questions:
    • Briefly, explain how, when, and where Industrialization began in Europe.
    • In general, how did Industrialization impact the people of Europe? How did it impact the larger environment?
    • What specific environmental problems exist in Europe due to Industrialization?
    • Where in Europe are environmental problems most serious? Why?
    • How has Industrialization likely contributed to global warming and climate change?
    • What steps are being taken to combat the problems associated with Industrialization in Europe?
  • Insert a picture at the top of the page that adds meaning to your post, and set it as your feature picture.
  • Use at least three sources. At the bottom of your post, cite your sources, which should include your book and a link to your picture as well as any other sources used. Use MLA format.
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