StoryMaps Revision


Estuaries (areas where freshwater and tidal water meet) are historically important across periods. The diversity of flora and fauna resulting from the meetings of different water types has supported human communities for thousands of years and many major world cities remain centered on estuaries. At the same time, estuaries are often less-noticed than rivers or lakes as they do not have clear boundaries nor are they symbolically used in world culture literature.

Learning Goals Students will be able to:

  1. Navigate the ESRI Estuary map to identify historical population centers centered on estuaries.
  2. Locate a historical object or article focused on the correct period from a region with an estuary.
    • World History 1 (1101)- Years 0 to 500 CE
    • World History 2 (1102)- Years 1600–1800 CE
  3. Place spatial data in a StoryMap for your historical object or article.
  4. Cite your historical object or article in StoryMap.
  5. Explain why, if Public Television were doing a documentary on the period (0–500 CE for 1101 or 1600–1800 CE for 1102), your article should be included in the documentary in a paragraph on your StoryMap.

1. Navigate to

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Navigate to

2. Sign in or Create a Public Accont

You must create an ArcGIS Public Account. If you use the landing page, it defaults to whatever your IP address is, which can be Normandale, a high school, or a private IP.

I encourage you NOT to use an existing account, unless you are familiar without privacy policies of your third-party account, such as Facebook, Google, or Apple.

You can use whatever username and email you wish.

Some students have encountered an error message at this point that too many people are attempting to sign up. This was likely only an issue as an entire in-person class tried at once, but please give yourself time to get an account before you need to work on it.
Sign in or Create a Public Account

3. Create a new story.

You can “Start from Scratch,” or use one of the other formats (Sidecar, Guided Map Tour, Explorer Map Tour). All students have the same requirements (Image, map, citation, text) so the formatting is up to you.

Most students chose to Start from scratch. (1)

If you want to see example of other StoryMaps, you can “Explore Stories” (2)

Tutorials on using StoryMaps are also available (3)
Create a new story.

4. Starting from Scratch

This is your title page.

To add elements, click the plus sign “+”