Social Studies - 2018-19
WG.3 c - Cultural Characteristics Divide Regions
The student will apply the concept of a region by
c) analyzing how cultural characteristics, including the world’s major languages, ethnicities, and religions, link or divide regions;
Theme- Region, Continuity vs. Change, Perspective
How do humans divide the world?
How do regions help people understand the world?
How do physical landforms affect the formation of regions?
How are world regions shaped by human culture and ideas?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Cultural difference and similarities can link or divide regions.
People closely identify with the cultural
characteristics of their region of origin.
- Arab world: Arabic
- Hispanic America: Spanish
- Brazil: Portuguese
- Canada: French and English
- Switzerland: Multiple languages
- English: International language
- Former Yugoslavia: Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Albanians
- Burundi and Rwanda: Hutus and Tutsis
- United States, Switzerland: Multiple ethnicities united in one country
- Korea, Japan: Predominantly single ethnicity
- Cyprus: Greeks and Turks
Religion as a unifying force
Religion as a divisive force
- Conflicts between Hindus and Muslims in Pakistan and India
- Conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland
- Jews, Christians, and Muslims all claiming Jerusalem as their religious heritage site
- Conflicts between Sunni and Shi’a