In this class we will concentrate on the countries that make up the Western Hemisphere. Throughout the first semester of this course, we learn about: tools of Geography, the Earth’s physical and human geography, cultures of the world, and the world’s political and economic systems. In the second semester, we will apply knowledge gained from the first semester to help us focus on the countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
First Nine Weeks
Foundations of Geography:
Tools of Geography, Mapping
Skills, Elements of Physical & Human Geography
Second Nine Weeks
United States and Canada:
Five Themes of Geography,
Seven Essential Elements of Culture, Physical & Human Characteristics of
United States & Canada, Diversity & Exchange, United States &
Canada past & present.
Third Nine Weeks
Mexico, Central America, and
Physical & Human characteristics of Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean, Countries’ Past & Present, Diversity of these Countries.
Fourth Nine Weeks
Physical & Human Characteristics of South America, Countries’ Past & Present.
Expectations & Procedures
Be responsible: Come
to class on time and with all your supplies (paper, pencil and homework).
Be on-track: Go to the bathroom during the appropriate times, be in your seat working on bell work when the bell rings, use your time wisely, and complete and turn in your assignments on time.
Be considerate: Respect all rules, others and
Be kind: Have a good attitude
**All school-wide rules stated
the student handbook will be observed in this classroom. Likewise,
discipline procedures will follow those stated in the student handbook.**
you are absent from a class, it is your responsibility to get your make up
work. Extra copies of assignments will be made available to you in the Makeup
Work Files. You are responsible for asking a classmate for the bell work
that you missed. For an explanation of a missed assignment, schedule a time
with me outside of class.
- Daily Work/Homework- 100 points
- Quizzes – 100 points
- Exams - 200 points
- Projects- 200 points
Students will be given the opportunity to redo tests, quizzes and assignments below a 70%.
- First day late:
-20% (Highest grade is an 80%)
receive full credit on one day late if completes it during Finish Line during
- Up to one week late: -30% (Highest grade is a 70%)
**After one week late:
the only way to receive a grade is in the Last
Chance Study Hall at end of 9 weeks. This will take place during the
school-wide intramural tournament.**
not accept an assignment once I have posted 9 weeks grades.***