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Zones of Conflict

John O'Brien
Collier County Schools


Students use maps to explore zones of conflict throughout the world. Students then identify specific countries involved in conflict and classify them in cultural realms.


The student uses a variety of maps, geographic technologies including geographic information systems (GIS) and satellite-produced imagery, and other advanced graphic representations to depict geographic problems.


-Classroom set of atlases
-Classroom set of blank world and continent maps (See Weblinks)
-Overhead projector
-Realms List for Zones of Conflict (See Associated File)
-World map transparency of conflict zones
-World geography textbook


1. Make class sets of world and continent maps.
2. Locate set of classroom atlases.
3. Make a world map transparency and continent transparencies for the zones of conflict.


1. Ask students to give examples of world conflict they have heard or read about.

2. Make a list of studentsí answers on an overhead or the board.

3. Tell students that the purpose of todayís lesson will be to locate these regions of conflict and to identify the countries involved in conflict.

4. Use the Realms List for Zones of Conflict (See Associated File) to complete the student-produced list of world conflicts.

5. Pass out handouts of blank world maps and blank continent maps.

6. Using classroom set of world atlases, have students locate and label areas of conflict zones.

7. Using the teacherís world map transparency (See Preparations), have students check their locations of world conflicts.

8. Students should then locate the areas of conflict on their blank continent maps and compare them with the teacherís transparency.

9. Students should then make a list of the countries in the conflict zones.

10. Students should then classify each country within the 10 realms listed in the criteria portion of the lesson. (See Assessments)

11. Ask students to analyze their maps to determine what realms have the most conflict and the least conflict.



From a list of world problems or conflicts, students locate zones of conflict in the world. Using maps, atlases and other geographic technologies, students identify key countries and regional patterns of world conflict. On a world map, students label countries where conflict has occurred in the past 20 years and describe their locations in reference to the criteria.


1. Students locate zones of conflict within each realm and identify countries associated with each zone. (Realms include: Europe, Middle East-North Africa, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Australia-Pacific Islands, Latin America, North America, Antarctic and East Asia.)

2. What realms exhibit the most conflict? The least conflict?


1. Have students analyze why conflicts occur throughout the world.
2. Have students choose a country or region and use the Internet to investigate a specific reason for a conflict.

Web Links

Information on conflict regions

Maps of the world
Scott Foresman Maps

Attached Files

This file contains the Realms List for Zones of Conflict.     File Extension: pdf

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