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Urban Models in the Real World

Urban Models in the Real World

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the three common urban models found in North America – the Burgess Concentric Ring Model, Hoyt Sector Model, and Harris and Ullman’s Multi Nuclei Model by applying the most appropriate model to a U.S. city.
  2. Students will demonstrate their ability to read road maps.
  3. Students will use Google Earth or other GIS program in order to determine city zoning and to identify which urban model best describes the spatial distribution of the city. 

This lesson serves as a formative assessment to ensure students have a clear understanding of the three North American urban models.  Students will apply their knowledge of the urban models to a real U.S. city.

Length of time needed:  1 class period (50 minutes)

This lesson was written by Sharon Shelerud.

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Source: Sharon Shelerud

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Source: Sharon Shelerud