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Unit 7: East Asia

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.

Your mission is a little different this week. Working alone, choose one option for each part: a physical feature, cultural location, historical influence, and contemporary issue. For each, write a paragraph and include a picture. Use at least four sources other than your book. Include a works cited at the bottom of your post.

Part I: Physical Features

Choose one of the following physical features. Use at least one outside source to do additional research, and write a paragraph describing the feature. Focus on how your chosen feature helps shape the region. Include at least one picture.

  1. Gobi Desert (claimed by  Stephany )
  2. Huang He or Yellow River (claimed by Arin   )
  3. Chang Jiang or Yangtze River (claimed by Maddie  )
  4. Xi River (claimed by Adrianne O )
  5. Northeast Plain (claimed by  )
  6. Yellow Sea (claimed by  Mitch )
  7. Japanese Archipelago (claimed by  W Baker )
  8. Mt. Fuji (claimed by Madeline)
  9. Ring of Fire (claimed by Emily )
  10. Korean Peninsula (claimed by  C Hartsell )

Part II: Cultural Locations

Choose one of the following cultural locations. Use at least one outside source to do additional research, and write a paragraph describing the location. Focus on how your chosen location helps shape the region. Include at least one picture.

  1. Shanghai (claimed by Arin   )
  2. Beijing (claimed by Maddie  )
  3. Guangzhou (claimed by  Adrianne O )
  4. Great Wall of China (claimed by Emily)
  5. Three Gorges Dam (claimed by Madeline)
  6. Tokyo (claimed by  Stephany )
  7. Nagasaki (claimed by Mitch  )
  8. Seoul (claimed by  W Baker)
  9. P’yŏngyang (claimed by   )
  10. Demilitarized Zone or the DMZ (claimed by  C Hartsell )

Part III: Historical Influence

Choose one of the following influences. Use at least one outside source to do additional research, and write a paragraph describing the influence. Focus on how your chosen influence helped shape the region. Include at least one picture.

  1. Xia Dynasty (claimed by  C Hartsell )
  2. Han Dynasty (claimed by Adrianne O)
  3. Tang Dynasty (claimed by  Stephany )
  4. Mongol Empire (claimed by Mitch )
  5. Feudal Japan (claimed by  W Baker )
  6. Imperial Japan (claimed by   )
  7. Japan in World War II (claimed by Madeline)
  8. China’s Civil War and Communist Revolution (claimed by Maddie   )
  9. Korean War (claimed by Arin    )
  10. China’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution (claimed by Emily)

Part IV: Contemporary Issues

Choose one of the following issues. Use at least one outside source to do additional research, and write a paragraph describing the issue. Focus on how your chosen issue is relevant to the region. Include at least one picture.

  1. Chinese Occupation of Tibet (claimed by Mitch  )
  2. Economic Reform in China, 1978 to present (claimed by C Hartsell  )
  3. Pollution in China (claimed by Maddie  )
  4. Chinese Human Rights Violations (claimed by Arin    )
  5. Japanese Economic Success, second half of the 20th century (claimed by   )
  6. 2008 Sichuan Earthquake (claimed by Emily)
  7. 2011 Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster (claimed by Madeline)
  8. Overfishing in Pacific and East Asian Waters (claimed by Adrianne O  )
  9. North Korea’s Relationship with the World (claimed by   Stephany)
  10. Chinese Population/Demographics and the One Child Policy (claimed by W Baker)
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