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Social Studies 7B, Assignment Five, Introduction to SW Asia

Assignment Five
Introduction to SW Asia

Deadline, April 10, 80 points

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What can learn about SW Asia from a brief introduction?


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Assignment Instructions

NOTE >> Do not stress out about making the chart. If you need help, ask. In the meantime, work on the rest of the assignment.

The rest of these instructions just come straight from the handout you received in class.

First >> A quick note about vocabulary - the terms Middle East and Southwest Asia are sometimes confusing because they can overlap. For the purposes of this lesson, Southwest Asia refers to the labeled nations ringed in a circle on the map to the right.  Basically they go from Turkey to Pakistan and Kazakhstan to Yemen. We will not include nations in Africa.

Now about the work.
For this packet you will use one online spreadsheet and three web sites. They are located on the page for Assignment Five, Intro to SW Asia.

Here are the links:

Here is the link to the spreadsheet:



Part One
Select three nations from Southwest Asia.
Go to the CIA World Factbook
Obtain the following facts about them:

  1. Land and water area
  2. Climate description
  3. Natural hazards
  4. Population
  5. Median age
  6. Average life expectancy for men and women
  7. Natural resources
  8. A copy of their population pyramid

Take the information above and put it into a word processing document. Title it with your name and class period.

Part Two
Answer the following questions from the National Geographic link -
You need to use a separate sheet of paper. You can type or handwrite your answers.
Asia and Europe are connected on the same land mass. What is the traditional dividing line between them? What are the five major physical regions of Asia?
Describe the Steppes of Asia. Where are they? What is a steppe?
Where and what is the Rub’ al Khali?
Briefly explain the human history of the Tigris and Euphrates river basins.
What nations border the Persian Gulf?

Part Three
Go to the spreadsheet linked to the class assignment. copy out the Southwestern Asia national information.
Sort it by quantity of oil, or quantity of oil per person.
Create a graph showing what you found.
Copy it.
Paste it into a word processing document.






Printed files

Click here to view a printed copy of this assignment.

Meida files


Online files

Click here for the National Geographic link.

Click here for the Scholastic link.

Click here to access the spreadsheet for this assignment.

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