WORLD GEOGRAPHY
SYLLABUS
SPRING 2009

Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated more frequently.  Be sure to check the date on each page.
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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.

Evaluation:

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

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! 

Rules:

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  
 
2009 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.

Directions for research presentations

JAN  5    NO SCHOOL
JAN  6    Welcome
JAN  7    Globes, Maps, and Map Skills

JAN  8    Geology and Landforms (slides)
JAN  9    Water Systems

JAN 12    Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)

JAN 13    Wind, Weather, and Climate
JAN 14    Human Geography

JAN 15    Review
JAN 16    Test 1

JAN 19    NO SCHOOL
JAN 20    SNOW DAY

JAN 21    Make-Up Day
JAN 22    Introduction to Anglo-America
JAN 23    Physical Geography of the USA and Canada

JAN 26    History of North America
JAN 27    The States and Provinces of the USA and Canada (Map Quiz)

JAN 28    Regional Geography of North America
JAN 29    Regional Geography of North America (Capitals Quiz)
JAN 30    Regional Geography of North America

FEB  2   
Urban Geography
FEB  3    Urban Geography
FEB  4    SNOW DAY 
FEB  5    Economics of North America
FEB  6    Review

FEB  9    Test 2:  USA and Canada

FEB 10    Introduction to Latin America
FEB 11    Physical Geography of Latin America
FEB 12    History of Latin America
FEB 13    Nations of South America

FEB 16   
Politics and Economics of Latin America (Map Quiz)
FEB 17    People and Cultures of Latin America
FEB 18    The Rain Forest and other Ecology (Capitals Quiz)
FEB 19    Review
FEB 20    Test 3:  Latin America

FEB 23   
Introduction to Europe
FEB 24    Physical Geography of Europe
FEB 25    Ancient History of Europe

FEB 26    Mediæval History of Europe
FEB 27    World War I

MAR  2    All Quiet on the Western Front

MAR  3    All Quiet on the Western Front
MAR  4    The Cold War (Map Quiz)
MAR  5    Night Crossing
MAR  6    Night Crossing

MAR  9    The European Union

MAR 10    People and Cultures of Europe
MAR 11    Economics and Urban Geography of Europe (Capitals Quiz)
MAR 12    Review
MAR 13    Test 4:  Europe


SPRING BREAK



MAR 23    Introduction to the Middle East *
MAR 24    Physical Geography of the Middle East *
MAR 25    History of the Middle East *
MAR 26    Middle Eastern Nations
MAR 27    Not Without My Daughter

MAR 30    People and Cultures of the Middle East (Map Quiz)

MAR 31    Nations of the Middle East *
APR  1    The War on Terror *
APR  2    Review (Capitals Quiz)
APR  3    Test 5:  Middle East

APR  6   
Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa *
APR  7    Physical Geography of Africa *
APR  8    History of Africa *
APR  9    Nations of Post-Colonial Africa *
APR 10    NO SCHOOL

APR 13    People and Cultures of Africa

APR 14    Economics and Politics of Africa *
APR 15    Warfare in Africa (Map Quiz)
APR 16    The Land and Wildlife of Africa
APR 17    Review (Capitals Quiz)

APR 20    Test 6:  Africa

APR 21    Introduction to Asia *
APR 22    Physical Geography of Asia *
APR 23    South Asia *
APR 24    East Asia *

APR 27    World War II *

APR 28    The Korean War *
APR 29    Southeast Asia
APR 30    The War in Vietnam (Map Quiz)
MAY  1    Dear America

MAY  4    Economics and Politics of Asia (Capitals Quiz)

MAY  5    Two Chinas, Two Koreas, Japan and the USA
MAY  6    Wildlife and Ecology of Asia
MAY  7    Review
MAY  8    Test 7:  Asia

MAY 11    Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
*
MAY 12    Austral Physical Geography & Ecology *
MAY 13    History and Culture of Australia and Oceania *
MAY 14    Review (Map Quiz)
MAY 15    Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica

MAY 17    Traveling the World: 
Project Guidelines
MAY 18    Traveling the World
MAY 19    Traveling the World
MAY 20    Traveling the World
MAY 21    Review

MAY 24    NO SCHOOL
MAY 25    Review
MAY 26    Review
MAY 27    EXAMS
MAY 28    SUMMER BREAK




This page last updated 22 March, 2009.