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Grade 6 1-1, 1-5

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Oklahoma Academic Standard 1. The student will analyze data from a geographic perspective using the skills and tools of geography.


6.1.1    Apply geographic information to support analysis from primary and secondary sources located in a variety of texts.

6.1.5    Describe and analyze the role of geographic factors on current events and issues. 

In a Nutshell

In an ever changing world, it is increasingly crucial for students to closely examine regional events and issues through the lens of geography.  Factors such as environment, culture, and economic development deeply impact the challenges experienced by citizens of a region. Both primary and secondary sources are used to investigate these events for a better understanding of how they shape an environment and its people.

Teacher Action 

Student Action 

  • Provide frequent and routine opportunities for students to gather, compare, and analyze evidence from primary and secondary sources on the same topic using regional issues.

  • Assist students in distinguishing between long-term causes and triggering events on contemporary events to identify how geography impacts current events and issues. 

  • Paraphrase the main idea and cite evidence from primary and secondary sources which relate to geographic topics.

  • Evaluate textual evidence in social studies contexts to determine whether a claim is substantial or unsubstantial.

  • Compose both informative and argumentative written products about geographic topics, incorporating evidence from credible sources.

  • Write independently over extended periods of time and for shorter time frames to demonstrate understanding of geography concepts, ideas and content. 

Key Concepts 


  • primary sources related to geography, including aerial photographs, satellite images, eye-witness accounts of contemporary issues, speeches, interviews, photographs, thematic maps, data charts and graphs

  • secondary sources related to geography, including newspaper accounts, magazine or journal articles, thematic maps, political maps, physical maps

  • Most students will have experience working with primary and secondary sources of information from prior social studies coursework; however, the nature of geographic studies will require interpretation and application of different forms of primary sources which reflect accurate geographic conditions of our planet's environment and peoples.  

Instructional Resources

Access suggested instructional resources correlated to the learning standard and objective.

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