Students will learn about the physical world and the people living in it. Emphasis at the beginning of the course will be on map skills and basic geographic features of the earth. We will then examine the different regions and cultures of the world.

    Students will be assigned a specific nation of the developing world to research during the semester. Each student will be responsible for gathering information and giving a presentation on the assigned nation. This project will represent the final exam grade.

          Each assignment will be given a point value. These will range from five points for small assignments such as one night’s homework, to forty or more points for major assignments such as tests or projects. Students earn points based on successful completion of each assignment. At the end of the six weeks grading period, grades are calculated by dividing points earned by points available.

         The Developing Nation Project will be worth 20% of  the final course grade and will represent the final exam score.


    World Geography Syllabus

    UNIT 1 - What is Geography? In this unit we will explore what geography is and why we study it. We will also cover the vocabulary and basic skills that are essential to understanding geography. Map skills will be a major emphasis of this unit.
    UNIT 2 - Physical and Regional Geography In this unit students will learn about the physical and ecological processes that shape the Earth’s surface which include climate and weather and human influence. We will get an overview of the cultural regions of the world and learn about the characteristics of people in each region.
    UNIT 3 - The United States & Canada In this unit we will discuss the countries and regions of North America. We will learn about both some history and the major landforms of the region.
    UNIT 4 - Central & South America In this unit we will cover the political geography of these while also examining the important landforms. These landforms include: Andes Mountains, Mexican Plateau and Amazon Basin. We will also discuss the history and people of the region.
    UNIT 5 - Europe In this unit we will discus the major landforms of Europe and a few of the historical events that shaped Europe.
    UNIT 6 - Russia & The Republics We will cover the major landforms of the former Soviet Union and today’s Russia. Students will also become familiar with the history of the region.
     UNIT 7 Africa & The Middle East Students will become familiar with Africa and the Middle East. Focus will be on the important landforms and regions including Sahara Desert, the Nile River, and the Arabian Peninsula. We will discuss the lifestyles and standards of living in some of Africa’s regions as well.
    UNIT 8 - South Asia In this unit we will discuss the landforms and resources of South Asia. Our focus will be on the Himalayas, Ganges River, and Khyber Pass. We will also discuss the major religions of the region and some of its history.
    UNIT 9 - East Asia In this unit we will again focus on the important landforms of the region These will include the Gobi Desert, the Yangtze River and the Tibetan Plateau. We will also discuss the role of Communism in the region.
    UNIT 10 - Southeast Asia, Oceania & Antarctica We will discuss the major landforms of Australia & Southeast Asia. Focus will be on the History of Vietnam and colonization of Australia.
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