Putting Yourself on the Map

This guide presents activities to use with the maps that can be found daily in The Washington Post. Use them in your classes to enhance the reading of the newspaper and understanding of international and local events. Use them to help students improve their geography skills, to learn the role of environment in human activity, and to picture historical and political perspectives. Post cartographer Richard Furno gives insight into map making. Younger students create a personal Handland, and through maps older students study Latin America and the leftist leaders who are mapping a new political course and contrast fertility rates in Africa and Europe. “Types of Maps” provides examples of a dozen different ways to map the earth and “Know Your Maps” encourages students to find and explore maps.

Downloadable Lesson Plan PDF