Geography and History of the World
2009-2010 Syllabus, Semester 2
Course Title: Geography and History of the World
Credit: ½ unit of credit in Social Studies is awarded for successful completion of each semester in this
Instructor: Mrs. Christina VanOrden, Class Room #16
Course Prerequisites: Must be in 9th grade or higher
Required Text: Geography and History of the World
3 Ring Course Notebook: I require that each student maintain a binder that will contain all returned
homework assignments, written reports, quizzes, tests, and handouts. This notebook will be extremely
valuable to you when preparing for tests and final exams. Occasionally I will check these notebooks and
you will be graded on the content of them.
Course Description: Geography and History of the World provides an opportunity to study the
interaction of humans and their environment in space and time. This course helps students to
understand global patterns of physical and cultural characteristics including (1) The world in spatial
terms, (2) places and regions, (3) physical systems, (4) human systems, (5) environment and society, (6)
and uses for Geography. World Geography provides the opportunity to study the five basic geographic
themes of (1) Location, (2) Place, (3) Regions, (4) Movement, and (5) Human-Environment Interaction as
they apply to selected areas of the world. These studies focus upon the relationships among regions
and exemplify important geographic concepts and problems. This course is also designed to give
students a survey of the history of the world, including the development of the social, economic,
religious, cultural, and military history on the major continents.
You will study the following general areas of all parts of the world in addition to other themes that may
Physical Geography (maps, landforms, physical features, etc.)
Political Geography (maps, political boundaries, names of places, etc.)
Human Geography (maps, religions, languages, customs, beliefs, ideas)
Economic Geography (maps, monetary systems, world trade, and economies)
Historical Geography (maps, how places have changed including all of the above)
Skills of Geography (cartography, directions, themes in which to study Geography, etc.)
1. Students will be able to discuss other places and cultures in an objective manner.
2. Students will learn how to analyze, create, compare, evaluate, and utilize maps.
3. Students will build knowledge and understanding of the world.
4. Students will be able to explain and build on their understanding of the world.
5. Students will be able to make connections about spatial aspects of the world.
6. Students will be become Geographers with an ability to look at the world with an objective eye
and better understand how the world “works” and themes utilized in the analysis of the spatial
aspects of the world.
7. Students will have a basic knowledge of human history.
8. Students will become aware of the similarities and differences of people around the world.
9. Students will learn how the problems of the present have roots in the past.
10. Students will become aware of their own heritage.
11. Students will develop more understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of those from different
12. Students will be able to articulate in more detail their own ideas and concepts both orally and in
Avenues for Reaching Objectives:
Extra Credit Projects
1. All written work will be in the cadet’s own handwriting and must be legible.
2. All typed assignments will be double-spaced with 1 inch margins.
3. All assignments will have student’s name and class period.
4. All work will be your own, unless a group project or you are given permission to work with a
5. If you have a question, ask. There are no dumb questions.
6. This is your classroom, be respectful of visitors, the teacher, and one another. Others are
expected to do the same for you.
7. Your best behavior, discipline, respect, and courtesy are expected at all times.
General Classroom Rules: Rules are created to ensure that every student can have the best
environment to learn and is treated fairly. Not following the rules will hurt your grade for this course.
General rules to obey in the classroom:
No cell phones or iPods are allowed in classrooms in this academic building.
No gum chewing or use of profane language.
Stay seated unless given permission to get up.
Raise your hand if you have something to contribute to a discussion or a question.
Do not interrupt others in classroom conversation. Everyone will get a turn.
Come prepared for class. This means textbook, workbook, pencil, and homework, as well as
other classroom materials that you need for that day. Failure to bring the proper classroom
materials will result in a reduction in your participation/preparation/behavior grade.
I do not go to your room in the barracks and touch your belongings, please do not touch my
belongings in the classroom. If you really want to see something just ask- I will probably say yes.
You are not allowed to put your head down in class unless I have specifically instructed you to
Method of Evaluation: Your performance in this program will be evaluated on the quality of work,
participation in class, and growth as a student. The grades that you earn in this course are based on
your cumulative average for each six-week grade period. Each six weeks starts a new grade cycle. With
this system of evaluation, each six-week grade counts for 25% of your semester grade. Prior to taking
the final exam you will have completed 75% of your semester grade. The final exam counts as 25% of
your grade. All evaluations are graded on a 100-point scale.
Grade policy and Method: See handbook for the grade scale- it is as published in the Howe Military
School Rules and Regulations.
Grade Calculations: Although I am careful and am unlikely to make a mistake with recording grades, I
am human. Therefore I recommend you keep all your returned work and record your scores in your
daily planner. I will not likely give your grades to you upon request although I may tell individuals in
class their grades at times if it does not interfere with learning time. It is your responsibility to keep
track of your grades from the beginning! Please bring grade concerns or errors to my attention
promptly. You can calculate your grade average at any time using the following simple formula.
Points you earned/total points possible
This formula works for the three weeks grades, six weeks grades, and semester grades.
Policy on Late Assignments and Incomplete Grades:
When an assignment (homework, project, etc) is due on a certain date, I mean at the beginning of class
of the due date. You are solely responsible for missing a deadline, and following are the penalties for
1 day late = 10% off the total possible score
2 days late = 50% off the total possible score
3 days late= required to be at extra help. If not available during extra help, you are required to be in my
classroom after extra help.
If you do not show up for the required extra help or do not finish your work at that time, your score for
that assignment is a “0.”
Grades of incomplete will not be given for this course if a student has been in attendance for the entire
grading period. Extended illness or absence from campus may be grounds for an incomplete grade if
sufficient time was not available to make up missed work. It is your responsibility to inquire about
make-up work if you miss.
1. Extra Credit: Extra Credit is available for students. You will have several opportunities to
complete extra credit work. Each opportunity will have a deadline and must be completed by
that deadline to receive the extra points. In addition, you will earn 1 extra credit point for each
day an assignment is turned in early. Only students with all regular work turned in will be
eligible for extra credit points.
Tests will include matching, vocabulary, fill in the blank, essay, skills, and critical thinking. Each test will
be worth 100 points and will be announced in advance. Count on having a test every Tuesday unless it
is announced differently and posted accordingly.
Quizzes will be 5-10 points each and may be unannounced.