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World Geography Part 1
LI.SOC.301713.1.HO
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

World Geography Part 1 begins by introducing students to basic principles and tools of geography, which students will use to examine the world as a geographer. Students will explore the physical and human geographical aspects of the United States and Canada in order to analyze cultures based on their surroundings. From there, they will explore the geography of Latin America. This course will then take students on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean to survey the land and people of Europe. Part 1 concludes with a study of Russia and the Republics surrounding the country by detailing various geographical aspects of this land.

Available Sept. 1, 2013


Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define geography and list the tools and methods geographers use to study the world.
  • Identify, label, and describe the main components of Earth's interior.
  • Explain how Earth's tilt and revolution influence seasonal change.
  • Describe how geographers determine and define climate regions by identifying the traits they use.
  • List some of the positive and negative ways humans have altered the soil, vegetation, and environment as a whole across the world.
  • Describe the causes and effects of cultural change over time and space.  
  • Identify causes for the world's population growth, and describe statistical population.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe key geographic features of the United States and Canada, noting especially the wide variety of physical characteristics found in each country.
  • Identify key events that shaped the development of the United States from early settlement to present day.
  • Analyze American culture and its unique characteristics by comparing, interpreting, and creating maps showing ethnic minority, language, and religion distribution across the country.
  • Describe, in detail, Canadian sub-regions including the Atlantic, Core, and Prairie provinces, as well as Canada’s territories and Pacific Province.
  • Evaluate the recent state of the War on Terror by examining and documenting current news stories and identifying other countries that have been targets of terrorist attacks.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the key physical geographic features found in Latin America and their importance to its population's livelihood.
  • Identify and describe the varied climate zones of Latin America.
  • Recognize key events that shaped Mexico's development, from Aztec inhabitation and Spanish conquest to modern day.
  • Explain how South America has come to be described as a "cultural mosaic," and describe key components of its societies' cultures, including literature, music, and arts and crafts.
  • Determine the variety of human uses for rainforest land and resources and analyze how these motives have impacted its biodiversity.
  • Examine Latin America’s change in government and control.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify, describe, and locate the landforms found in Europe.
  • Recognize key components of Europe’s history by interpreting maps of the region and events highlighting the importance of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Italian city-states, and Spain.
  • Explore specific examples of artwork produced in this region.
  • Identify and describe key events that led to the Balkan conflict.
  • Distinguish, describe, and locate the landforms and bodies of water found in the northern two-thirds of Europe, the southern one-third of Russia, and the Republics.
  • Describe and identify reasons for the conflicts in the Caucasus since the Soviet Union's collapse.

Course Materials

  • Holt McDougal Geography (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved




Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define geography and list the tools and methods geographers use to study the world.
  • Identify, label, and describe the main components of Earth's interior.
  • Explain how Earth's tilt and revolution influence seasonal change.
  • Describe how geographers determine and define climate regions by identifying the traits they use.
  • List some of the positive and negative ways humans have altered the soil, vegetation, and environment as a whole across the world.
  • Describe the causes and effects of cultural change over time and space.  
  • Identify causes for the world's population growth, and describe statistical population.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe key geographic features of the United States and Canada, noting especially the wide variety of physical characteristics found in each country.
  • Identify key events that shaped the development of the United States from early settlement to present day.
  • Analyze American culture and its unique characteristics by comparing, interpreting, and creating maps showing ethnic minority, language, and religion distribution across the country.
  • Describe, in detail, Canadian sub-regions including the Atlantic, Core, and Prairie provinces, as well as Canada’s territories and Pacific Province.
  • Evaluate the recent state of the War on Terror by examining and documenting current news stories and identifying other countries that have been targets of terrorist attacks.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the key physical geographic features found in Latin America and their importance to its population's livelihood.
  • Identify and describe the varied climate zones of Latin America.
  • Recognize key events that shaped Mexico's development, from Aztec inhabitation and Spanish conquest to modern day.
  • Explain how South America has come to be described as a "cultural mosaic," and describe key components of its societies' cultures, including literature, music, and arts and crafts.
  • Determine the variety of human uses for rainforest land and resources and analyze how these motives have impacted its biodiversity.
  • Examine Latin America’s change in government and control.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify, describe, and locate the landforms found in Europe.
  • Recognize key components of Europe’s history by interpreting maps of the region and events highlighting the importance of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Italian city-states, and Spain.
  • Explore specific examples of artwork produced in this region.
  • Identify and describe key events that led to the Balkan conflict.
  • Distinguish, describe, and locate the landforms and bodies of water found in the northern two-thirds of Europe, the southern one-third of Russia, and the Republics.
  • Describe and identify reasons for the conflicts in the Caucasus since the Soviet Union's collapse.

Course Materials

  • Holt McDougal Geography (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved