Grade 6: Western Hemisphere Geography
Standard 3: Human Populations & Systems
Content Standard 3: The student will identify the characteristics, distribution, and demographic patterns of human populations and systems of the Western Hemisphere.
Identify on a political map the major countries and population centers of each region.
Identify and describe cultural traits of language, ethnic heritage, religion, and traditions practiced among peoples.
Analyze the impact of geography on population distribution, growth, and change, applying geographic concepts of population density, the availability of resources.
Describe how the push and pull factors of migration have affected settlement patterns and the human characteristics of places over time.
Compare the systems of government, including representative governments (democracy, republic, constitutional monarchy)
and authoritarian systems (dictatorship, absolute monarchy).
Identify the role of the citizen in the selection of government officials and lawmaking; compare individual liberties under different forms of government.
Identify and explain topics related to indigenous sovereignty.
Evaluate how the three levels of economic activities (primary, secondary, tertiary) contribute to the development of a nation and region.
Describe benefits and limitations of the traditional, market, and command economic systems, including how government policies affect economic activities and trade relationships.
Identify the common characteristics of developed and developing countries, including the impact of education and technology; analyze data used by geographers such as literacy rate, life expectancy, per capita income, and infant mortality.