Educator Resources

Analyze a Map

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Meet the map.


  • What do you see?
  • Does the map have a title?

Observe its parts.

  • Does the map include? Circle all that apply.
    Compass Rose Legend Scale
  • Are symbols or colors used in the legend? If so, what do they stand for?
  • What place or places are on the map?
  • What does the map show? Circle all that apply.
    Mountains Rivers Lakes Oceans Cities States Countries Roads Other

Try to make sense of it.

  • When was the map drawn?
  • Why do you think this map was made? List two parts of the map that tell you this.
  • How does it compare to a current map of the same place?

Use it as historical evidence.

  • Where do you think you could find out more information about the place or places shown on the map?

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