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Instructor:    Professor Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Textbook:    World Geography by Dr. Richard G. Boehm, et al.

Objective: The purpose of this course is to provide challenging instruction in World Geography, introducing students to people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international levels from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography.


1.    Objective and essy tests
2.    Projects
3.    Presentations
4.    Notebooks
5.    Maps, quizzes, and other daily grades (Each daily grade counts as 20% of a test grade.)

In recognition of the challenges posed by an honours course, three points will be added to each student’s final grade.

Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day.  Missed exams must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Exams may require an hour and a half, so always be present on exam day! 


1.    Be punctual.
2.    Respect the rights of others.
3.    Be honest.
4.    Be prepared:  bring materials to class each day.
5.    Keep the room clean.
6.    Stay awake and participate.  Sleeping or other inattention may result in a daily grade of zero.
7.    Quid pro quo  
2007 Spring Session

In case of inclement weather, all lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed.  Presentation dates will NOT change; if a presentation date is missed due to weather or illness, students should be prepared to give the presentation on the first day back in school.

Click here for the guidelines for research presentations

JAN  3    Welcome
JAN  4    Introduction and
Map Skills
JAN  5    Map Skills

JAN  8   
Making Maps
JAN  9    Making Maps
JAN 10   
Geology and Landforms (slides)
JAN 11    Water Systems
JAN 12    Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)

JAN 16    Wind, Weather, and Climate
JAN 17   
Human Geography
JAN 18    Review
JAN 19    Test 1

JAN 22   
Introduction to Anglo-America
JAN 23    Physical Geography of the USA and Canada
JAN 24    Early History of North America
JAN 25    History of North America
JAN 26    Modern History of North America

JAN 29    Regional Geography of North America "Nine Nations" response paper (Map Quiz)
JAN 30    The States and Provinces of the USA and Canada

JAN 31    Urban Geography
FEB  1    Politics and Economics of North America and Review
FEB  2    Test 2:  USA and Canada

FEB  5   
Introduction to Latin America
FEB  6    Physical Geography of Latin America
FEB  7    History of Latin America
FEB  8    Nations of South America
FEB  9    Regional Geography of Latin America

FEB 12   
Politics and Economics of Latin America(Map Quiz)
FEB 13   
People and Cultures of Latin America
FEB 14    The Rain Forest and other Ecology
FEB 15    Review
FEB 16    Test 3:  Latin America

FEB 19    Presidents Day (No School)
FEB 20    Map work in class

FEB 21    All Quiet on the Western Front
FEB 22    All Quiet on the Western Front
FEB 23    Introduction to Europe and Physical Geography of Europe

FEB 26   
Early European History
FEB 27    Modern European History
FEB 28    World War I(Map Quiz)
MAR  1    The Cold War
MAR  2    Night Crossing

MAR  5   
The European Union
MAR  6    People and Cultures of Europe
MAR  7   
Economics and Urban Geography of Europe
MAR  8    Review
MAR  9    Test 4:  Europe


MAR 19   
Introduction to the Middle East
MAR 20    Physical Geography of the Middle East
MAR 21    History of the Middle East
MAR 22    Middle Eastern Nations
MAR 23    Not Without My Daughter

MAR 26    People and Cultures of the Middle East (Map Quiz)
MAR 27   
Economics and Politics of the Middle East
MAR 28    The War on Terror
MAR 29    Review
MAR 30    Test 5:  Middle East

APR  2   
Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
APR  3    Physical Geography of Africa
APR  4    History of Africa
APR  5    Nations of Post-Colonial Africa

APR  9    People and Cultures of Africa 
(Map Quiz)
APR 10    Economics and Politics of Africa

APR 11    The Land and Wildlife of Africa
APR 12    Review
APR 13    Test 6:  Africa

APR 16   
Introduction to Asia *
APR 17    Physical Geography of Asia *
APR 18    History of South Asia *
APR 19    History of East Asia *
APR 20    World War II

APR 23   
APR 24    History of Southeast Asia *
APR 25    Dear America *
APR 26    People and Cultures of Asia
 (Map Quiz) *
APR 27    Economics and Politics of Asia *

APR 30   
Two Chinas, Two Koreas, Japan and the USA *
MAY  1    Monsoons, Tsunamis, and Endangered Species
MAY  2    Review
MAY  3    Test 7:  Asia
MAY  4   
Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica *

MAY  7    Video Visits to Antarctica and Australia 
MAY  8    Austral Physical Geography & Ecology *
MAY  9   
History and Culture of Australia and Oceania  (Map Quiz) *
MAY 10    Review
MAY 11    Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

MAY 14   
Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 15    Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 16    Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 17    Review
MAY 18    Review

MAY 21    Review
MAY 22    Review

This page last updated 6 May, 2007.