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There are many benefits to gaining geographic knowledge such as understanding current events developing spatial relationships and gaining appreciation for diversity but states school districts and teachers need to be willing to take the time to teach this knowledge Also state educators who are willing to teach geography need to realize that teaching solely out of a textbook is not always the most effective way for students to gain geographic knowledge Landt 2007 There are several ways to supplement the learning of geographic knowledge and one of these ways can be through using literature The discovery of using literature to teach geographic knowledge leads to my research question How can textbooks be supplemented with literature to develop a foundation and knowledge of the five geographical themes The Importance of Geographical KnowledgeStudents today may never realize how important it is to have some knowledge of geography Students are unaware of its importance because with the demands of No Child Left Behind NCLB geography may not always be seen as an essential subject that needs to be part of an everyday curriculum Gandy 2006 To put it another way teachers do not see teaching geographical knowledge to be as important as teaching math or English because geography is not a large component of state standardized testing However without this knowledge students will not understand how current events and social issues going on in the world have the potential to influence their daily lives and futures Lintner 2010 If it was not for the study of geography students would most likely not understand the war that is currently taking place in the Middle East This war has been taking place for ten years and without some geographical knowledge students will never understand its significance Without this knowledge students will not develop a deeper understanding of geography and will not be encouraged to think critically about social issues
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