How might having a valuable natural resource affect a region?
In this lesson, students learn how oil has influenced Southwest Asia. They analyze geographic data to answer a series of critical thinking questions about how oil has affected 10 countries in the region. Classroom discussion is driven by a map of the region. Students read to discover the answers to those questions and then examine other trends in world energy resources.
• understand how oil is formed.
• understand how oil is distributed in Southwest Asia.
• investigate the effects of large oil reserves on Southwest Asian countries.
• explore alternative energy resources.
New Vocabulary (geoterms)
crude oil, nonrenewable resource, oil reserves, renewable resource.