Unit 7: southeast asia and oceania



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Unit 7: sOUTHEAST aSIA AND oCEANIA


In this unit students study the geography of Southeast Asia and Oceania including its geographic features, resources, location, and the impact on the political, religious, economic, and cultural diversity of the area. Included in the study of this region is the examination of the refugee populations that have left Southeast Asia over the past several decades as well as the major social features of the indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand.
Length of Unit: 4 weeks
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WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW AND BE ABLE TO DO
Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks


  • On a map of the world, locate Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean, and the Coral Sea. On a map of Southeast Asia and Oceania, locate the Bay of Bengal, the South China Sea, the Mekong River, the Malay Peninsula, the Great Victoria Desert, and the Great Barrier Reef.




  • Use a map key to locate the countries and capital cities of the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.




  • Explain how the following five factors have influenced settlement and the economies of major countries of Southeast Asia and Oceania.

A. absolute and relative locations

B. climate

C. major physical characteristic

D. major natural resources



E. population size


  • Identify the refugees who left Southeast Asia over the past several decades, the countries they came from, and why they are refugees.




  • Identify and describe the major social features of the indigenous peoples in Australia (the Aborigines) and New Zealand (the Maoris).







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