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World Geography Syllabus

Course Description:

The study of World Geography focuses on the relationships among people, places, and environments that result in geographic patterns on the earth. The students will use geographic methods to compare and analyze landforms, climates, and natural resources, as well as cultural, political, economic, and religious characteristics of the world regions. Students will use a variety of interdisciplinary sources, both primary and secondary, such as maps, pictures, and documents to learn about the geography of different world regions.              


Major Learner Outcomes:


Students will analyze the major landforms, climates, and ecosystems of earth and the interrelated processes that produce them.


Students will demonstrate knowledge of geographical information and present this knowledge in a variety of assessment formats, which include essay composition, document analysis, project-based research, written tests and quizzes, cooperative grouping and decision-making simulations, and other performance based activities.


Students will be able to assess the role of important individuals, places, and environments by demonstrating their relationships to  each other.


Students will be able to detect the role of cause and effect in understanding historical events and examine their effects on the development of our modern government.


Students will demonstrate knowledge of current social problems, global economic interdependence, governmental processes, and the characteristics of culture. 


Students will demonstrate technological competency by producing and presenting a PowerPoint project that reflects mastery of basic computer skills. Access to the Internet will also be utilized to enrich available governmental information.


Sequence and Theme:

1. Physical Geography                   

2. Human Geography                    

3. United States & Canada                          

4. Latin America

5. Europe                            

6. Russia and the Republics                         

7. Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia                                                             

8. Sub Saharan Africa

9. South Asia                                                     

10. East Asia                                      

11. Southeast Asia                          

12. Oceania



Students will need to bring to class everyday:  a notebook or folder (Geography specific), geography textbook, pens (red, blue, black), pencils, COLORED PENCILS, paper.  


Current Events:

This is a social studies class. The news is filled with relevant matters at the international, national, state, and local levels. You should make an effort to keep conversant with what is going on and how it relates to the subject we are studying. Please watch one of the news channels on television, listen to a radio news station, or read a newspaper or magazine to keep in touch with the events that unfold daily. We will have class discussions and articles periodically given to assess this part of the class.


Grading Criteria:

Major Assessments, Tests, and Major Projects                                    50%

Daily Work and Homework                                                                   50%


Course Policies:

  Late Work

  Late work, not due to student absences, will not be accepted per department policy.


Make-Up Work

Make-up work, due to student absences, is the responsibility of the student. This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining assignments and completing missed class work, as well as scheduling missed projects and tests. Make-up work must be submitted in the appropriate amount of time, as described in the Student Handbook.


 Cell Phones and Electronics

Unauthorized use of cell phones and electronic devices is strictly prohibited in the classroom. Text messaging, gaming, use of camera, video, or voicemail will result in immediate disciplinary action.  Per the LTHS Student Handbook, you will incur a fee of $15 to retrieve your device at the end of the school day. If such use should occur during testing, the student will also be held responsible for academic dishonesty, regardless of the messages being sent or received. Use of portable music devices are at the discretion of the teacher.