Course Description/ Outline: “The focus of this course is the study of the world’s peoples, places, and environments, with an emphasis on world regions. The knowledge, skills, and perspectives of the course are centered on the world’s peoples and their cultural characteristics, landforms and climates, economic development, and migration and settlement patterns. Spatial concepts of geography will be used as a framework for studying interactions between humans and their environments.”
(History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools – March 2015)
Topics of Study in World Geography:
- 1- 3, and 18 Introduction to Geography (Basic Skills, Physical and Regional geography)
- 4 and 14-17 Population and Global Economics
- 5 and 16 United States and Canada
- 6 and 16 Latin America and the Caribbean
- 7 and 16 Europe
- 8 and 16 Russia and Central Asia
- 9 and 16 Sub – Saharan Africa
- 10 and 16 North Africa and Southwest Asia (Middle East)
- 11, 12 and 16 South, Southeast, and East Asia
- 13 and 16 Australia, Pacific Islands, and Antarctica
Textbooks and Assignment information: Textbook: Geography: The Human and Physical World. Additional resources will be provided by the instructor throughout the course. This will include paper handouts, as well as online and/or computer resources. Assignments: Are posted along with notes in google classroom. If parents want to see when assignments are posted- email me and I can add you to the class!
Class Materials: Please bring materials to class every day
- At least a 1 ½ inch, 3-ring binder
- Notebook Paper
- Pencils or Pens
- Optional: Color Pencils/Markers
Grading: You will be graded based on the following (Per Augusta County Policy):
- Major Assessments (tests, quizzes, large projects/presentations) 50%
- Minor Assessments (classwork, small projects/presentations) 40%
- Practice/Participation (warm-ups, homework, practice activities) 10%
*There is an end of course SOL exam for this class.
Late/ Makeup Work:
In ALL cases, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate make up work. For a pre-arranged absence on a quiz/test day, students may take the quiz/test prior to the absence or within three days of the student’s return to school. All other assignments assigned during absences must be completed within three days upon return to school. In cases of extended excused absences, students and teacher will work out a schedule for makeup work.
Unexcused late assignments will be accepted a maximum of 3 days late. Late assignments turned in 1 day late will receive a maximum grade of 85%. Assignments 2 days late receive a maximum of 70%. Assignments 3 days late receive a maximum of 60%. After 3 days any unexcused late assignments are a zero.
**If a student is present at school for any amount of time on a day an assignment is due, the assignment must be submitted, even if unable to attend class. This includes an excused tardy, early dismissal, field trips, and sporting events. This is a school- wide policy**
Unless specifically assigned a partner or group, all assignments and assessments will be completed by the student as an individual. Cheating, copying, or plagiarism on any assignment will result in a 0 for that assignment. Please read the student handbook if you have any questions about what constitutes cheating or plagiarism.
Students are expected to take care of personal needs before each class period. In case of an emergency, students will need to get a pass from the teacher. Students may not leave the classroom for the first or last 10 minutes of a class block.
If a student requires extra help on an assignment, makeup work, aid in studying for quizzes and tests, they may make an appointment to stay after with the teacher before or after school Monday – Thursday. Never be afraid to ask for help!