“Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not...I am the earth in the palm of your hand."  — Beryl Markham

Calendar of Activities and Assignments:

16 August:  First day of class.  Go over class description, hand out text books and personal information sheet (collected on August 17th).  Introduction to what geography is.  

17-18 August:  Begin class with your definitions of geography.  Overall, class will discuss our perception of the world, geographically speaking (consider Erastathenes or Tom Van Sant).  Begin our discussion of the Five Themes in Geography.  Assignment:  Read pages 34-42 and take notes – using guide.  Concentrate on the Five Themes.  Provide at least three original examples for each of the themes on the reading guide.  I will check reading guides on August 21st. (HW) 

21 August:  Discuss the nuts and bolts of location (latitude, longitude,) and move forward into a small group activity using Illinois Road maps.  We will consider the significance of latitude, longitude, and relative location. (HW) 

22-23 August:  Place Geography Lesson dealing with how all places have special characteristics.  Poems, music, pictures, and group work is involved in class activities.  Project Assignment:  Write descriptive paragraph/poem that describes a place you know well (see worksheet).  We will read some in class.  (P) 

24-25 August:  Lecture/Discuss the geographer’s craft – pages 10-15.  Complete guide in class.  Look at remote sensing examples, map projections, globes, maps, and map components (TODALSIGS), and applying geography in your world (Geographic Information Systems).  (HW) 

28-29 August:  Class work with Project – Map-Making with Information.  Discussion of instructions and methods of accomplishing the task will follow.  Map Making with Information due September 11th.  Create ArcGIS Online account.  

30-31 August: GIS work relating to the Geographer’s Craft:  Map and Analyze Lava Flow Hazards on the Big Island. 30th is a half day of student attendance. 

1 September:  Quiz over Geographer’s Craft and Five Themes.  Refer back to all maps created and studied.  Assignment:  Read pages 44-51 concentrating on the geological changes taking place on earth.  How do we react?  Cultural links?  Complete guide as you read. (Q) 

5 September:  Lecture/Discuss/Activities related to material on pages 44-51.  Complete guide in class.  Earth’s layers - out into atmosphere, landforms, geological history (Alfred Wegener), Plate movements.  Gain more perspective of our role on earth.  Bring text.  Assignment:  Read pages 52-57 and take notes using guide, concentrating on External Forces that shape the earth.  (HW) 

6 September: Continue with Earth’s layers, view portions of BBC presentation, “Earth’s Story” DVD, complete guide.  (HW) 

7 September: Lecture/Discuss external forces.  Weather permitting, work outside to identify examples of each (chemical and mechanical weathering, erosion) Assignment:  Read pages 62-73, take notes using guide (Climate, Weather, Earth-Sun relationship).  (HW) 

8, 11 September: Climate-graph exercise in class.  The goal is to begin putting information together to explain situations or determine locations.  Project Assignment:  Complete assigned climate-graphs for class next day.  Continue Climate-graph activity. (P) 

12 September: Read pages 77-83 related to vegetation zones.  Work will be completed in class organizing information related to vegetation zone characteristics.  Assignment:  Read pages 77-83.  Concentrate on the four main biomes. Organize in notes.  (HW) 

13 September: Putting climate and vegetation in small group work (work with graphs and cities.)  Climate graphs/pictures will be used to demonstrate connections.  Assignment: Quiz related to Chapter Two content.  

14 September: Quiz over all of Chapter 2 information and part of Chapter One.  Quiz will take all hour.  Assignment:  Read pages 86-98 and complete guide. (Q) 

15, 18 September: Human Geography:  Lecture/Discuss demography, culture, population distribution, population density, and population growth, consider many graphic tools for interpretation. Assignment:  Read pages 100-105 and complete guide. (HW) 

19-20 September: Lecture/Discuss World Political and Economic Systems (Pages 100-105).  Concentration will be on vocabulary, especially Sovereignty.  Develop working definitions, examples using guide. Assignment:  Read pages 109-111 and complete guide. (HW) 

21-22 September: In class writing questions about renewable and nonrenewable resources (Pages 109-111) Class will consider location of resources, consumption /production issues.  Assignment:  Read page 112-113, pages 115-119, and complete guide. Assign “The World is Spiky” article. (HW) 

25 September: Lecture/Discuss/Activity pages 115-119 dealing with World Economic Activity.  Concentrate on the unequal distribution of resources and the influence on political stability.  (HW) 

26 September:  Using ESRI story maps to consider world economic activity and the Five Themes.  Work started in class. (HW) 

27-28-29 September: NOVA, “World in the Balance” DVD, shown.  Class activity with countries with characteristics, determining if each is developed or developing and why?  What do you look for as a geographer? 27th is a half day of student attendance. 

2-3 October:  Continue class work, “Developed or Developing?”  Work with internet resources to look for trends in the world regarding population, economics, and other developing /developed characteristics.  (P) Quiz grade – writing in class related to developing/developed characteristics. (Q) Chapter Quiz.  Several writing prompts regarding human geography.  Students will consider images, graphs, and short reading selections.  

4 October:  Review and organize for test.  

5 October: Unit One Test.  (100 points)  (T) One hour early dismissal.

As a geographer, during Unit One…you will 

-Recall key vocabulary in appropriate geographic context (see below). Words will be addressed in matching and multiple choice format.  

commercial farming, developed country, fossil fuels, non-renewable resources, subsistence farming, geothermal energy, monarchy, sovereignty, unitary government, democracy, federal government, socialism, capitalism, authoritarian, population density, plate tectonics, convection, erosion, climate, atmosphere, biome, weather, weathering, frost wedging, chemical weathering, loess, delta, geology, core, rifting-subducting-converging-faulting plates, hemisphere, distortion, grouping, orientation,  large scale vs. small scale, scale types, secondary economic activity, tertiary economic activity 

-Recall the explain the main components of a map (TODALSIGS)

-Explain the difference between large and small scale – and appropriate uses for each.

-Recall and recognize specific locations on a map using latitude and longitude.

-Recall the tilt of the earth.

-Recall/label the earth’s interior areas (crust, mantle, inner and outer core)

-Interpret the effect of the earth’s tilt on climate, length of days, seasons, and population distribution.

-Extrapolate the importance between resources and population, and the effect of ocean currents and land masses on climate.

-Apply geographic generalizations (Five Themes) and conclusions to actual social problems and situations.

-Interpret climate graphs (knowing what certain patterns mean, noting key climate influences)

-Demonstrate spatial literacy by reading a map and answering questions.

-Analyze critical factors in determining a country’s status as developed or developing.

-Interpret an image for its cultural aspects. 

The Unit Test will have 60 questions (multiple choice questions, matching definitions of key terms, map analysis, and climate graphs analysis.)  You may use your notes.


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