Pre-AP World Geography The Pre-AP World Geography course is designed to present an overview of the human and physical geography of the earth with an emphasis on the five themes of geography—location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction. Contemporary world issues will be examined with more depth and rigor than a regular class. Students are expected to read nightly and complete research outside of class on a regular basis. In addition to the five themes, the major areas of the social studies (history, geography, government, economics, and culture) will be addressed. Different areas of the world will be used as examples of the recurring themes of geography. Major concepts of patterns, conflict, and change will be reflected in each area of study. Social studies skills of data collection and interpretation, mapping, and research will be used in many of the units of study. Current events as they apply to both social studies in general and geography in particular will be an ongoing part of the course. Other activities utilized in Pre-AP World Geography include Geography Alive! labs, case studies, document-based questioning (DBQs), Socratic Seminars, map memorization testing, as well as testing associated with classroom activities. The course will utilize the textbook World Geography from McDougal Littell Publishers and Geography Alive! Regions and People from the Teachers Curriculum Institute as resources, with much supplemental material from many outside sources. During the first semester introductory material about the study of geography will be presented before the students move to a regional approach to the themes of geography. Throughout the year, current events will be debated and discussed. With each new unit, students will find an article and complete a writing/journal assignment about the issue and be prepared to discuss in class in Socratic format. We strongly encourage parents, siblings, and extended family to watch the news with students on a regular basis and share your thoughts as students work to form their own opinions of the world. Students will complete major research assignments/Scratch projects related to each unit. Students are encouraged to download this free program from the MIT website and become familiar with it before we begin projects. Specific information about projects will be discussed in class and students will have plenty of notice before due dates. The Pre-AP World Geography teachers maintain websites which will be updated regularly and will have information about assignments, units of study, movies, and other pertinent information. Scope and Sequence Six weeks #1 – Discuss summer “Get Ahead” reading, complete assignments associated with Isaac’s Storm ***Project – Isaac’s Storm analysis paper/DBQ/Test Chapter 1: Physical Geography – Looking at the Earth Chapter 2: Physical Geography – A Living Planet Chapter 3: Physical Geography – Climate and Vegetation Chapter 4: Human Geography – People and Places ***Project – Intro to SCRATCH – My culture Six weeks #2 - Unit 2: US and Canada (Chapters 5-6) ***Project – Women of the World Projects Unit 2: US and Canada (Chapters 7-8) Unit 3: Latin America (Chapters 9-11) ***Project – SCRATCH Latin America Country Analysis ***Cultural Food Day – students will select and prepare Latin American dishes to share with classes Six weeks #3 - Unit 4: Europe (Chapters 12-14) ***Project – SCRATCH Europe Unit 5: Russia and the Republics (Chapters 15-17) End of 1st Semester Six weeks #4 - Unit 6: Africa (Chapters 18-20) Unit 7: Southwest Asia (Chapters 21-23) ***Project – Scratch Africa/Southwest Asia Six weeks #5 - Unit 8: South Asia (Chapters 24-26) Unit 9: East Asia (Chapters 27-29) Six weeks #6 - Unit 10: Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica (Chapters 30-32) ***Cultural Food Day – students will select and prepare dishes from any country studied in the 4th, 5th or 6th six weeks period STAAR - End of Course Exam – 15% of final grade *Pace subject to change in the 2011-12 school year due to new state assessment.
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