Brief Course Description:

This course covers the World Geography Today textbook in as much detail as time allows. The course spends one unit exploring the earth in space, weather and climate, landforms, water, natural resources, human geography and human systems in a general way. Then it spans nine units which cover the United States and Canada, Middle and South America, Europe, Russia and Northern Eurasia, Southwest Asia, Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific World in a detailed way. Each chapter is divided into sections on Natural Environments, History and Culture, and The Region Today to give students a broad view of each area of the world. The course is supplemented with outside resources including videos, maps, guest speakers, etc. The course utilizes daily or frequent quizzes at the beginning of class on their homework assignments to ensure students have internalized information. Students also participate in frequent discussions, projects, small research assignments, and are given tests on single or multiple chapters throughout the semester .

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

  1. Equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of geographical concepts.
  2. Give students a thorough understanding of the various countries, peoples, and cultures of the world.
  3. Encourage students to explore and appreciate cultures and ideas that are foreign to them.
  4. Instill in students a general knowledge of the physical geography of the various areas of the world.

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to give students a foundational knowledge of world geography that will assist them in their future classes including History, English, Math, etc. By learning about different types of climates, countries, and cultures, students will have a broader understanding of the world they live in. They will understand the weather and climate, landforms, the solar system and many things about the earth that will enrich their lives and feed their desire to learn more about this wonderful planet as they continue on in school and in life.

Key Assignments:

The first assignment, called My Geography and History, is be a project that tells about who you are, where you are from, etc. Extra credit is given for family artifacts, cultural food, and guest relatives. Parents and relatives are encouraged to participate as guest speakers for this project and any time. Other projects include Exploring the United States, where students do research and present information on specific states and areas of the country, and Exploring Africa where students do extensive research about African countries and bring in outside resources including music, pictures, videos, food, etc. Other smaller projects are assigned occasionally.


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