myWorld Geography

myWorld Geography


What does Connect Experience Understand mean?

Connect with myStory. Help adolescent learners make personal connections to content and make meaning of the world around them.

Experience Social Studies. Provide interactive digital activities, hands-on activities and stunning books to engage students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Understand your World. Leverage the Understanding by Design instructional approach to bring students to a deeper understanding of their world that they can demonstrate through real-life assessment tasks.

What is the program copyright year?


Are there any associated programs?

Yes, myWorld History ©2012

What are myStory videos?

Real-life stories (myStory) told by 22 teens from around the world. These stories were gathered by Financial Times and local film crews. myStory seeks to hook students to the content they are learning through the experiences of their international peers.

How long is each myStory video?

The myStory videos range from 6-8 minutes per video.

Are there previews of the myStory videos available to see?

Yes. Places like Facebook, YouTube, TeacherTubeSee for yourself, visit the myStory channel on YouTube at

What is the UbD® framework and how is it applied in the myWorld Geography program?

myWorld is based on the UbD® framework for curriculum, assessment and learning. The UbD® framework encourages teachers to focus on careful planning with a focus on the long term goal of student understanding rather than the short term goal of content coverage/instruction. It is designed to foster a deep understanding by preparing students for what they can do without prompting or after the teacher is gone. Most importantly, the UbD® framework is focused on big ideas framed as Essential Questions. This methodology helps students find greater meaning in their learning by connecting content so students move away from discrete facts and skills and into a deeper level of understanding and knowledge about the subject at hand. In practice, the UbD® framework results in students that are more engaged in learning and better able to connect their learning to other areas and their own lives so they form a deeper understanding that sticks.

What is an Essential Question?

A provocative question designed to engage student interest and guide inquiry into the important ideas in a field of study.

What does it mean to learn for Enduring Understanding?

The important ideas or core processes that have lasting value beyond the classroom.

Where can I find more information about UbD®?

Please visit

Can I order sample materials?

Yes. If you know your local sales representative, contact him/her and give them the following information; 0-13-253017-1: MIDDLE GRADES SOCIAL STUDIES 2011 GEOGRAPHY SAMPLER KIT GRADE 6/8. If you are not sure who your local rep is, then please visit us at and following the prompts to find your rep.

How does myWorld Geography address activity-based/hands-on learning?

Activity-based/project-based learning is an essential piece of myWorld as research finds that middle school learners learn best by doing. Hands-on activities are embedded in the student materials, supported throughout the Teacher's Edition, and extended through an Activity Kit that consists of Activity Cards, Essential Question Posters, and Wall Maps. Download a free set of the Activity Cards when you sign up for a passport at

What is myWorld Gives Back?

Pearson donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of themyworld program to organizations that provide aid in the regions close to where the myworld "teen hosts" live. We collaborate with the Pearson Foundation to help identify where help is needed in these areas.


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