Shatterbelts Case Studies – AP Human Geography – Unit 4: Political Geography


Grade Levels

9th – 12th

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AP Human Geography Topics Covered:

  • 4.3 Political Power & Territoriality

This “webquest” type activity includes three case studies for Shatterbelts. Students use a single resource for each case study (one article, two videos) to answer high-level analysis questions. Finally, two prompts are provided for students to practice their FRQ skills.

  • Eastern Europe/The Balkans/Yugoslavia
  • The Middle East
  • Ukraine

Teacher answer key included.

Total Pages

4 pages

Answer Key


Teaching Duration

45 minutes

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