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Instructor:    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.    Maps and other worksheets count as one grade each.
    2.    Quizzes count as two map grades each.
    3.    Notebooks checks count as four map grades each.
    4.    Projects and presentations count as five map grades each.
    5.    Tests (objective and essay) count as five map grades each.

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, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 


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  
2008 Spring Session

In case of inclement weather, 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.  If no school days are cancelled due to inclement weather, three days have been scheduled as vacation days in their place.  These days are marked in the syllabus, but will only be used if there are no school cancellations.

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JAN  2    Welcome
JAN  3    Introduction and
Map Skills
JAN  4    Map Skills

JAN  7   
Making Maps
JAN  8    Making Maps
JAN  9    Geology and Landforms (slides)
JAN 10    Water Systems
JAN 11    Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)

JAN 14   
Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)
JAN 16    Human Geography
JAN 17    Review
JAN 18    Test 1

JAN 21    NO SCHOOL   
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 28    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  4   
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 Latin America

FEB 11    Politics and Economics of Latin America
FEB 12   
People and Cultures of Latin America (Map Quiz)
FEB 13    The Rain Forest and other Ecology
FEB 14    Review
FEB 15    Test 3:  Latin America

FEB 18   
Introduction to Europe
FEB 19   
Physical Geography of Europe
FEB 20    Early History of Europe
FEB 21    The Beginning of Modern History
FEB 22    Modern European History

FEB 25   
World War I
FEB 26   
All Quiet on the Western Front
FEB 27    All Quiet on the Western Front (Map Quiz)
FEB 28    Night Crossing
FEB 29    Night Crossing

MAR  3   
The Cold War
MAR  4    The European Union *
MAR  5    Economics and Urban Geography of Europe
MAR  6    Review
MAR  7    Test 4:  Europe


MAR 17   
Introduction to the Middle East
MAR 18    Physical Geography of the Middle East
MAR 19    History of the Middle East
MAR 20    Middle Eastern Nations
MAR 21    Not Without My Daughter

MAR 24    People and Cultures of the Middle East (Map Quiz)
MAR 25   
Economics and Politics of the Middle East
MAR 26    The War on Terror
MAR 27    Review
MAR 28    Test 5:  Middle East

MAR 31   
Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
APR  1    Physical Geography of Africa
APR  2    History of Africa
APR  3    Nations of Post-Colonial Africa
APR  4    NO SCHOOL (if inclement weather days are unused)

APR  7    People and Cultures of Africa
APR  8   
Economics and Politics of Africa
APR  9    Warfare in Africa (Map Quiz)
APR 10    The Land and Wildlife of Africa
APR 11    Review

APR 14    Test 6:  Africa
APR 15   
Introduction to Asia
APR 16    Physical Geography of Asia
APR 17    History of South Asia
APR 18    History of East Asia

(if inclement weather days are unused)
APR 22    World War II
APR 23   
History of Southeast Asia (Map Quiz)
APR 24    The War in Vietnam
APR 25    Dear America

APR 28   
Economics and Politics of Asia
APR 29    Two Chinas, Two Koreas, Japan and the USA
APR 30    Wildlife and Ecology of Asia
MAY  1    Review
MAY  2    Test 7:  Asia

MAY  5   
Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
MAY  6    Austral Physical Geography & Ecology
MAY  7    History and Culture of Australia and Oceania
MAY  8    Review (Map Quiz)
MAY  9    Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica

MAY 12   
Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 13    Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 14    Traveling the World (Class presentations)
MAY 15    Review
MAY 16    Review

MAY 19    Review
MAY 20    Review


This page last updated 5 March, 2008.
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