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notebook will be turned in the day of the unit exam and graded. Unit exams will be divided into two class periods. Unit exams are a 35­45 minute timed multiple choice section, followed by a 45­minute free­response section which will involve answering two Free response type questions. Writing assignments will include practice on free response questions, 1­2 page opinion/response papers, and topics related to the current unit of study. In addition, students will complete various individual and group projects throughout the year which will be considered class work.

Teaching Methods: The instructional methods for this course will include: lecture, group work, student­led oral presentations, debates, case studies, independent study, and audio/visual resources.

Course Outline:

I. Unit 1: Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives C1: a systematic study of human geography. C2: instruction on the use of spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space. C3: instruction on spatial relationships at different scales ranging from the local to the global. C4: instruction on how to use and interpret maps, data sets, and geographic models. GIS, aerial photographs, and satellite images.

Required Reading: DeBlij, Chapter 1; Kuby, Chapter 1

  • A)

    What is Geography? Why study Geography?

    • 1.

      geography and globalization

    • 2.

      Human vs. Physical Geography

    • 3.

      Geographic questions­thinking Geographically

  • B)

    Maps and their use in Geography

    • 1.

      Historical development of map making

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