The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.
Written by Phil Gersmehl, the author of Teaching Geography, this article shows how teachers can read maps to gather contextual information about places in a way that fosters deeper learning. The Common Core ELA standards emphasize a “close reading,” but the examples of reading of maps and charts are often rather superficial. The National Geographic has recently produced Interconnections to be a guide for teachers of both geography and English to see how the two are interrelated and to promote geo-literacy for a more profound appreciation for spatial analysis and place-based knowledge.
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