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Elements of the Geography Assessment

Content Dimension

Space and Place Environment
and Society
Spatial Dynamics
and Connections

Knowing Where is the world's largest tropical rain forest? What mineral resources are often extracted by strip mining? What factors stimulate human migrations?

Understanding Why are tropical rain forests located near the equator? Explain the effects of strip mining and shaft mining on the landscape. Explain the motivations of modern-day Mexicans and Cubans for immigrating to the United States.

Applying* Support the conclusion that tropical rain forests promote wide species variation. How can both economic and environmental interests be reconciled in an area of strip mining? Compare current settlement and employment patterns of Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United States.

Note: Example questions are illustrative only, and are not meant to represent the full array of assessment content.
*Applying refers to a range of higher-order thinking skills.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2010 Geography Assessment. .

Last updated 20 June 2011 (JM)
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