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Historical Map Lesson Plan

Historical Map                                     Alicia Kunkel

NCSS Standard:            People, Places. Environment

Performance Expectation:           b.  Create, interpret, use and distinguish various representations of the earth, such as maps, globes and photographs.



Students will:

  1. Express through a Historical Map the perspective of a given time on the shape of the world and their society.
  2. Reflect on how the perspective of the world changed and what innovations caused the changes.
  3. Brainstorm on some of the ways our society could make changes for the future, writing their top five to turn in as a group.



1.                  Student’s maps will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    1. Map neatness, maps that appropriately reflect the beliefs of the time periods assigned.

2.                  Student’s reflections and brainstorming will reflect the perspectives of the world during the time period given, as well as insights on their own society,.



This assignment fits well with a Social Studies class in which students are responsible for discussing in depth the perspectives of other time periods and places.  By playing the role of a person from another time period, the students learn understand other perspectives and apply them to their society.



1.                  Students will spit into groups of 4-5 people.

2.                  Students will discuss the time period assigned to them.  Discussion should include the culture, way of life, and the society’s perceptions.

3.                  Students will create a map of the world according to the time period given assigned and the historical perspectives of that culture.

4.                  Students will brainstorm on how the similarities of our society and the one given to them.

5.                  Students will write down their best answers with a minimum of 5 to turn in with their maps as a group.



1.                  Can we draw any conclusions form the perspectives of each time frame?

2.                  What caused the maps to change over time?

3.                  What innovations helped advance how people saw the world they lived in?

4.                  How did those innovations change peoples daily lives?

5.                  How might new innovations change the perceptions of our society today?




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