• Mr. Walker

    Advanced World Geography

    Fort Defiance High School

     

    Course Description:

    The knowledge, skills and perspectives of the course are centered on the world’s population, cultural characteristics, physical regions, history, and economics of each region.  Spatial and political concepts of geography will be linked to chronological concepts of history to set a framework for studying human interactions.  The course will emphasize how people influence and are influenced by their physical and ecological environments. 

     

    Standards of Learning and Course Objectives:

    The curriculum and framework for this class will follow and strictly adhere to the Virginia Standards of Learning.  In addition to the in-class work, additional SOL practice work will be provided and strongly recommended to assure each student prepares himself or herself for the SOL test.

     

    Overview of Topics Covered:

    The focus of this course is the study of the world’s people, places and environment with historical emphasis on Latin America; Southwest Asia and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Russia and Central Asia; Europe; North America; Australia and the Pacific Islands.

     

    Textbook and Materials Used:

    Using our World Geography text book, maps, globes, graphs, pictures, stories, diagrams, charts and a variety of geographic, inquiry/research and technology skills, students consider the relationships between people and places while asking and answering geographic questions.  All students are required to have his or her text book in class, a notebook with paper, writing utensil, and high lighter. Colored pencils are strongly encouraged.

     

    Grading Requirements:

    Major Assignments (normally tests, quizzes, extended projects)                                                       50%

     

    Minor Assignments (normally classwork, homework, bellwork, and Geography Connection)         40%

     

    Participation                                                                                                                                        10%

     

    Grading Scale:

    98-100   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     4.33        =       A+

    92-97   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     4.00        =       A

    90-91   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     3.67        =       A-

    88-89   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     3.33        =       B+

    82-87   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     3.00        =       B

    80-81   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     2.67        =       B-

    78-79   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     2.33        =       C+

    72-77   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     2.00        =       C

    70-71   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     1.67        =       C-

    68-69   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     1.33        =       D+

    62-67   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     1.00        =       D

    60-61   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     0.67        =       D-

    Below 60  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    0.00        =       F

     

     

    Homework Policies/Expectations:

    The objective of homework is to assist and improve student learning, and to strengthen skills and understandings gained in the classroom. Homework will be assigned every night and it should rarely exceed 45 minutes in any one given night. If multiple days are given to complete a homework assignment, it is up to the individual student to not procrastinate and try to accomplish the homework all in one night.

     

    Posting Grades:

    Mr. Walker will do his best to post the previous week’s grades in a timely manner. There will be times when extenuating circumstances might prevent this and in these moments Mr. Walker will do his best to post the grades as early as possible following that Tuesday.

     

    Many assignments will be graded within three days and many assignments will take longer than three days to grade. And many assignments will be posted once a week and many assignments may not be posted once a week.

     

    Assessments:

    Quizzes will often be reviewed in class in order for the student to gain a better understanding of the content and/or skills. Furthermore, this review is designed to help the assessment serve as a formative tool in increasing student knowledge.

     

    Students will have the opportunity to re-take one test or quiz for full credit, ONCE a nine weeks. Students are accountable for arranging a time before or after school and this must be completed prior to the final day of the nine weeks.

     

    Tests and quizzes will often be cumulative and students will be expected to maintain and improve their knowledge of the materials and understandings over the entire course of the semester.

     

    Tests will be designed to help strengthen and improve the students’ ability to improve on their End-of-Course Virginia World Geography Standards of Learning Test.

     

    Communication:

    If a student or parent wishes to reach Mr. Walker the recommended method of communication is email.

    Parents and students are encouraged to review Infinite Campus for access to the student’s grades. PLEASE SEE Posting Grades above for more details.

     

    Missing Work and Incompletes:

    For a complete understanding of missing and/or late work, please refer to the accompanying PROCEDURES document (given on first day of school.)

     

    Classroom Behavior:

    All school rules are to be followed in class.  In addition, all of Mr. Walker’s rules are also to be followed, which will be discussed in depth during the first few days of school.  A discipline plan will be signed by the student and the student’s parent(s) and will be taken for a participation grade.