Unit 1: What is a City?
Dont forget this weeks Ideal City activity.
- Do you live in a city? If not, do you live nearby, is your
life somehow linked to a city? What is its name? What is its
- Each student should make a list of five things he or she
associates with a city; things that can't be found elsewhere.
This is a mini-definition of a city as each student sees it. The
lists should be shared with the class. How much agreement is
there between the lists?
- Reread the last two paragraphs of the text. What are some of
the positive things about the city you live in? What are some of
the negative things?
- What does "urbanization" mean? How would you define "urban
growth rate"? Can you determine a "growth rate" for your school?
- Why is urbanization considered such a significant development?
- Look at Table 1.
Column A represents the world's largest
cities in 1950. Column B represents the world's largest cities in
Make 2 tables, one for each column, with these headings:
City, Country, Continent, Population
First, list the cities in order of size. Find out which country
and continent they are in and fill in the table.
What was the average size of the largest cities in 1950? What
will the average size of the largest cities be in 2015? Count the
number of times each continent appears in the 1950 table. Do the
same for the 2015 table. What do you notice? What could account
for the difference?