World Geography

  • Course Requirements:

    Course Description:

    In this ½ credit course students will gain knowledge of geography that will enable them to analyze both physical features and the cultural aspects of our world. Through the use of various geographic concepts, students will identify and located major places, cultures, settlements, and physical features.

    Purpose of Course:

    This course will provide a basic understanding of geography and will help students understand the interconnections of geographic concepts. The skills learned will allow students to access information concerning local, national and global issues that will help them in their daily lives.

    Recommended Materials:

    Three ring binder with dividers for the following (suggested) sections Warm Ups, Notes, Classwork/Homework, Tests/Quizzes/Projects. Paper. Pens/Pencils.

    Grading Policies:

    Students will receive grades for class work assignments, homework assignments, quizzes, projects, and class participation. Unless otherwise specified class work and homework assignments will be worth 15-20 points. Quizzes and projects will be worth anywhere from 35-70 points. Class participation will be tracked and students will receive a 25 point grade at midquarter and then a separate 25 point grade at the end of the marking period. Both classwork grades and test/project grades will be worth 35% of your grade apiece. Homework will count as 15% of your grade. Participation will count for the final 15% of your grade.

    All assignments are expected to be completed by the assigned due date. It is the student’s responsibility to make up work due to absence from class in a timely manner before school or after school by appointment or during homeroom periods.

    Course Content:

    • - Unit 1: Introducing Geography: Basic Theories & Concepts (~4 Weeks)
    • - Unit 2: Physical Geography: A Focus (~4 Weeks)
    • - Unit 3: Human Geography: A Focus (~4 Weeks)
    • Unit 4: Accessibility Case Study: Food Desert Project (~3 Weeks)
    • Unit 5: Regional Inequality: Guns, Germs, and Steel (~3 Weeks)

    Student Expectations:

    • Arrive to class on time and prepared with your notebook, paper, a writing utensil, and your (CHARGED) iPad.
    • Be seated and working on the day’s warm up when the bell rings.
    • Raise your hand to be acknowledged during class.
    • Participate in classroom discussions/activities.
    • Keep all assignments, handouts, tests, and quizzes in your notebook.
    • Engage in academic honesty at all times.
    • Use passes to designated areas for emergencies only. Abuse of the pass system will result in loss of pass privileges.
    • Treat your classmates with respect.
    • Treat the classroom with respect.

    Rules & Procedures:

    Discipline Procedures

    • Verbal Warning
    • Hallway Conversation
    • Parent Notification
    • Office Referral