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World Geography

The World Geography course familiarizes students with the world using the five geographic themes and essential elements. Students should develop skills and knowledge about location, place, human/environmental interaction, movement, and regions. The course will compare and contrast these themes across the continents. The course will focus on geographic habits of mind to promote higher level thinking and problem solving, and will require students to apply skills and knowledge to content information involving different regions of the world. At the end of class students are able to apply their geographic knowledge to their community, state, nation, world, and themselves. 

Five Geographic Themes:
1. Location
2. Place
3. Human/Environment Interaction
4. Movement
5. Region

Units:
1. Population
2. Human Environment
3. Conflict

Class Requirements:

  1. Exams: The exams will cover material from lectures, videos, class discussions, and the readings. These exams are not open-book and you are not allowed to bring notes. There will be two exams, and the two combined will be worth 30% of your grade. 
  2. Final: The final exam will be worth 25% of your grade. This exam will include multiple choice questions, short-answer questions, and essay questions. 
  3. In-class Activities and Take-home Assignments:  Class participation includes attending class and being an active participant by listening carefully and joining discussion. Throughout the course, there will be group activities held in class, and these will be graded. In-class activities also include occasional pop-quizzes. Additionally, I will occasionally assign work to be completed outside of class. These activities and assignments will be worth 45% of your grade. 
  4. Because final grades are meant to reflect what a student knows and can demonstrate, if a student is missing work at the end of any six week grading period their grade will be reported as an incomplete and students will have two weeks to complete the missing work.



Assignment

Percent of Grade

Activities/Assignments

45%

Exam 1

15%

Exam 2

15%

Final Exam

25%

Total Points

100%



Grading scale for class


90-100%

A

80-89%

B

70-79%

C

60-69%

D

59% or below

Failing