Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Urbanization unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Land Use, Urbanization, Sustainability: Sharing Common Resources

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers local and global urbanization trends, challenges, and opportunities.

Included teaching materials explore sprawl, megacities, local growth, sustainable cities, and opportunities for smart growth.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 4 lesson plans, 1 case study reading, and 1 background reading.
  • Robust data sets to compare and analyze cities in less developed and more developed countries.
  • Great materials for AP Human Geography’s cities and urban land use unit.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Growing Pains in Texas Hill Country

- Students read a news article about local population growth and the resulting sprawl, create and write a proposed solution, and...

Growing Smarter

- In small groups, students analyze a map of an undeveloped area within a city in order to create and present...

In Search of Sustainable Life

- Students develop an index of factors most important to a sustainable community and develop models for measuring those factors.

Tale of Three Megacities

- Students analyze data and images about three megacities, identifying challenges and benefits of growing urbanization, and then collaborate in small...


Shenzhen: From Fishing Village to Megacity in 30 Years

- Urbanization case study reading: A profile of the growth of Shenzhen, China.

Rise of the Urban Planet

- Urbanization background reading: Our world population is rapidly urbanizing. Yet, urban and suburban sprawl in developed countries and the spread...

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