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Geography Web Lesson

How Maryland's Geography and Location Influenced its Success 


In this lesson you will begin to understand how the physical characteristics of the state of Maryland influenced its success. Your job is to select and answer, in written form, one of the two assignment choices below . Your paper should be at least 150 words in length. You may create your composition using pencil and paper or a word processor. When you have completed your writing, turn it in to your teacher.

In this assignment, you will be reading for information and writing to inform.  

When you read for information:

When you write to inform:

As discussed in class, your written work will be graded using a scoring rubric.  You may refer the rubric as you write.

Choice 1: Write about the geography of Maryland.  In your writing, cite at least three geographic attributes that made Maryland a good place to start new settlements. Write about access to water, farmland, and how difficult weather may have affected their lives . Access the Maryland State Kidspage and click the "Geography" link to find many details.   Be sure to support what you write with information from the websites you visit.

Choice 2: Describe the location of the city of Annapolis. Use  colonial maps of Maryland for perspective, and view modern topographic and political maps.  Use the maps to gather information about significant landforms and waterways near Annapolis. Where are these features? Why are they important? Read articles that describe the features of the land surrounding Annapolis. Use the Maryland State Kidspage to get information.  As you gather it, keep track of your information by taking notes. Be sure to support your points with information from the text you read.


Michael Tony, Division of Technology Training

Last Updated:  12/6/01