World Geography explores the relationship between human beings and the physical environments to which they are exposed. There are three major elements to this course.

1. SPACIAL GEOGRAPHY
World Geography studies the relationship between people, places, and environments by mapping information about them into spacial context.

The student will:

Use maps and other geographical representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spacial perspective.

Use mental maps to organize information about people, places and environments in a spacial context.

Analyze the spacial organization of people, places and environments on the Earth's surface.

2. PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

Physical processes shape the Earth's surface and interact with plant and animal life to create, sustain, and modify ecosystems.

The student will:

Understand how physical processes shape the patterns of the Earth's surface.

Understand the characteristics and spacial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.

3. REGIONALISM

The identities and lives of individuals are rooted in particular places and humans construct areas called regions.

The student will:

Understand the physical and cultural characteristics of place.

Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth's complexities

Understand how culture and experience influences people's perceptions of places and regions.


Essential Learner Outcomes
1. Mapping: That all students need to identify countries, cities, and major physical features in order to understand patterns of population, regions, settlement patterns, cultural group migration. Common assessments by way of quiz and mapping final.

2. Religion: That all students will demonstrate knowledge of world religions by understanding their history, illustrating their spread, examining their conflicts and distinguishing the unique elements of the major belief systems of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam.

3. The student will analyze, discuss and evaluate current world and local issues (events) through discussion, readings, presentations and/or written work to make connections and reinforce course content.

4. The student will demonstrate knowledge of development leading to the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe by identifying the individuals and analyzing the artistic, literary , philosophical, and political contributions of this period and analyzing the short and long term effects that emerged during the Renaissance and Reformation.

5. The student will read, interpret, and create maps, charts, graphs and tables.

6. Students will understand patterns of colonialism and how its legacy effects the emergence of independent states and conflicts in India, Africa, Latin America, Middle East and S. E. Asia.

7. Students will demonstrate the impact of global trade which led to the integration of large territories under regional and global empires after 1500 C. E.