The Geo-Literacy Inquiry Process helps students better understand the world and how it works.

Students in World Geography spend the year taking an in-depth look at the world, and asking questions like "Where is it?", "Why is it there?" and "Why do we care?" This year our students started off the school year learning about the Geo-Literacy Inquiry Process, which helps them better understand the world and how it works. Our World Geography classes have been putting the Geo-Literacy Process into practice by analyzing different physical environments and their effect on human settlement.  

In groups, students began the process by analyzing what is believed to be the first drawn map of New Orleans and then they discussed what resources or characteristics would make a location perfect for a new settlement site. The students then analyzed different maps from 1800, 1830, 1860, and 1890, and were tasked with selecting areas on each map that were best suited for human settlement. As a class, they discussed each group’s choices and the reasons behind their decisions. This project helped students understand the importance of water access, transportation, farming/agricultural opportunities, natural resources, the effects of climate/topography, and how waterways affect trade, exploration, and economic prosperity.