How I Learned Geography: Written and Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
University of Alabama
How I Learned Geography is an autobiographical story based on the author’s childhood memories of fleeing Poland during World War II. First, students demonstrate their prior knowledge of the relationship between maps and places by working with a partner to complete an Anticipation Guide. Next, the book’s illustrations introduce students to ten real locations in the world such as Egypt, Indonesia, and Venezuela. Finally, students explore relationships between illustrations, photographs from websites, names of places, and their locations on a world map. By engaging in the lessons’ varied activities, students begin to create mental maps of the world.