9th Grade Human Geography Students Map the World's Megacities
Every year, 9th grade students complete a Megacity Project in their Human Geography course. This final cornerstone assessment engages students in an extended study analyzing how megacities are transforming the world. Guiding the students through the project is a team effort between the four geography teachers Kristin Kowalew, Ben Mosteller, Lisa Vardi, and Jeff Faberman (Allison Ewing's maternity sub), our librarian Lisa Clarke, and Upper School Technology Coordinator Stacey Roshan to refine and upgrade things each year so students can focus on their studies and display their results for all to appreciate.
In the project, students research one megacity through the lens of the Human Geography course themes of population, culture, environmental challenges, economic development, agriculture, urban planning and political organization. Their final project is to document their research and findings in a Weebly website.
Many of the websites are then displayed on a Google map — Megacity Project Showcase 2017. When you click on each "pin" on the map, you will see the student's thesis statement displayed along with a link to their Weebly site.