The Impact of Geography on Culture with Adobe Spark Video

Students think critically about how geography impacts culture and society

About This Strategy

This 1- to 2-hour strategy poses the question: how does where I live impact how I live? Students consider how geography impacts culture and the development of complex societies by creating an Adobe Spark video that compares and contrasts markers of civilization in ancient history with markers found where they live in the present day.

Because Adobe Spark Video enables students to create compelling video content with ease, this strategy empowers students to creatively demonstrate and transfer their learning. This strategy may be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 - 120 minutes

Learn. 

Students engage in a brief turn and talk about the extent to which geography impacts society, lifestyle, and culture. (15 minutes)

Evaluate. 

Students research markers of civilization and complex societies in the ancient world. Their focus on how each society was impacted by their geography is guided by this note taking template. (35 minutes)

Create. 

Students create an Adobe Spark Video that compares markers of an ancient society that they have researched with those in the location or region where they  live today by using these steps to guide them. Students can examine this student example for inspiration and guidance.  A quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Spark Video can be found here. (40 minutes)

Share. 

Share and publish your videos as directed by your teacher.

Steps for Students

Have you ever wondered how your geography and where you live might impact how you live your life? In this strategy, you will think critically about how geography impacts culture and society by creating an Adobe Spark video that compares and contrasts markers of complex societies between ancient history and today.

Adobe Spark Video is an easy to use tool that will help you to create a professional-looking presentation.

Steps:

1. Turn and Talk: Answer the following question on a separate sheet of scrap paper. When you are done, share what you have written with  a partner or in a small group. (15 minutes)

  • How does where you live impact how you live? 

    • For example, how might growing up in a city be different than growing up in a rural area? How would life be similar or different if you lived in a different geographic location, such as next to the ocean or on a mountain?

2. After the Neolithic Revolution, complex societies started to emerge as people found themselves with a surplus of food and economic stability.  As a result, a wide variety of professions and interests began to flourish. Markers of these civilizations include: government, art and architecture, social classes, infrastructure, writing systems, and the rise of highly populated urban centers.  Explore markers of complex societies in ancient civilizations and take notice of how each was impacted by their geography using this template as a graphic organizer for your notes . Here are some suggested resources to help you get started (35 minutes):

3. Create an Adobe Spark Video that explores how where you live impacts how you live by comparing markers of an ancient society that you have researched with those in the location or region where you live today.

Check out this student sample for inspiration and guidance.  A quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Spark Video can be found here.(40 minutes)


4. Share your work as directed by your teacher.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' videos.