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CH 3.1 GEOGRAPHY AND LIFE IN ARABIA

Name: _Susie Rojas Date: _11/28/12

Per.:_2

A DESERT LAND

Arabian Peninsula is mostly Hot and dry desert land

Scorching temperatures

Arabia’s location, physical features, and climate have shaped life in the region.

and lack of water

make life difficult.

A Crossroads Location

They had trading routes that were linking three continents that have passed through the region for thousands of years. Merchants carried goods for example they carried silk, spices, and gold along the trade routes. Then trade brought many people to Arabia that introduced products and ideas from around the world.

Physical Features

Desert Climate

Arabia’s location has also shaped its physical features. The climate created a band of deserts across Arabia and northern Africa. Sand dunes can rise up to 800 feet high and it can also stretch for hundreds of miles. Arabia’s deserts have very limited amount of water because they aren’t permanent lakes or rivers. Even though deserts cover much of the interior Arabia, other landforms appear along the edges of peninsula.

Arabia is one of the hottest, driest places in the world with blazing sun and clear skies the summer temperatures reach 100 F daily. It also makes it very challenging for the plants to survive. Just like plants have to adapt to life in Arabia, so too have people found ways to live there.

TWO WAYS OF LIFE

Some people lived a nomadic life

 

,

moving from _place

 

to _place

Others lived a

sedentary

,

or

settled

,

life in

towns

Nomads The Nomads lived in tents and they raised farm animals like sheep, goats, and camels and the animals provided milk, meat, and skins for the tents. Membership in a tribe, a group of related people, was important to Nomads.

Townspeople

While the nomads were moving around the desert other people settled in oases where they could farm. Most people in Arabia lived in towns like for example merchants and craftspeople lived in towns and worked with people in the caravan trade.

Trade Centers (p. 56-58!) The towns became centers of the trade for both nomads and townspeople. Most of the towns had a souk which is a market or bazaar. In a market, nomads traded animal products and desert herbs foe goods such as cooking supplies and clothing. Arabian towns were important stations on the trade routes linking India with Northeast Africa and the Mediterranean.

NAME SUSIE

GEOGRAPHY AND LIFE IN ARABIA POSTCARD ASSIGNMENT

Pretend you live in Arabia. Write a letter/postcard to a friend or relative describing your life in that challenging environment. Content Requirements:

Use at least 4-5 facts from your Ch 3.1 Geography and Life in Arabia handout.

Include a picture that relates to a piece of information from the worksheet.

Steps:

1.

Highlight/circle 4-5 facts on your Ch 3.1 handout you want to use (Hint: Choose significant information something that connects to a Big Idea, or something that really affects daily life.)

2.

Determine a persona (trader, nomad, townsperson

).

3.

Determine who you are writing to

4.

Think about how the facts you chose could be communicated creatively in describing events or circumstances in your life.

5.

Write the letter (about 2-3 paragraphs), and draw the picture!

NAME

GEOGRAPHY AND LIFE IN ARABIA POSTCARD ASSIGNMENT

Pretend you live in Arabia. Write a letter/postcard to a friend or relative describing your life in that challenging environment. Content Requirements:

Use at least 4-5 facts from your Ch 3.1 Geography and Life in Arabia handout.

Include a picture that relates to a piece of information from the worksheet.

Steps:

1.

Highlight/circle 4-5 facts on your Ch 3.1 handout you want to use (Hint: choose significant information something that connects to a Big Idea, or something that really affects daily life.)

2.

Determine a persona (trader, nomad, townsperson

).

3.

Determine who you are writing to

4.

Think about how the facts you chose could be communicated creatively in describing events or circumstances in your life.

5.

Write the letter (about 2-3 paragraphs), and draw the picture!