Ultimate Vacation Project
So for our final exam, I basically wanted to have a time where everyone was presenting to each other about interesting things and getting to eat interesting good food. To achieve this, every student will create an Ultimate Vacation Plan around a theme of their own choosing (can be anything, from skydiving to Drake). See the Rubric below for specific details, but the presentation needs to be completed and in each student's shared folder by the date of their Final Exam (either May 23 or 24)--this presentation/project will be the final exam grade.
It's Finally Time...
That Countdown clock is running out, and before long you will be in the Gym taking your test. Per some student requests, I have put up all the practice questions from all seven units on Mastering Geography, if you wanted to look those over. My biggest recommendation, however, would just be re-read your notes tonight, and get a good night of sleep. Do prepare and continue to study and ready yourself tonight, but do not be afraid. You are ready. You have prepared. You can, and will, do well on this test. Best of luck.
AP Exam Review--Join our Quizlet AP Human Geography Class Group
Click HERE to join Quizlet.com class group--this will be very useful to you as you review for the AP Exam. Together, as a class, we will build a comprehensive terms list (with definitions) for each unit. Then, all of our class members will be able to individually use those terms lists to review for the test, and we can also use them in class for review games as well.
AP Exam Review--Unit by Unit Vocab Lists
Ok, we've finally done it--we completed the study of the AP's 7 Units of Human Geography. Now it's time to review so that we are well prepared for the test on Friday, May 13th. For the Multiple Choice part of the test, it is essentially a really big Vocab Test. To that end, here are our Vocab Lists for each of the Units we studied this year. If you know all of these terms, their meanings and their importance in the world of Geography, chances are you will be well prepared for the AP Exam. See the Unit by Unit Vocab Lists below (in both Word and PDF formats):
Substitute Plans--Wednesday, April 13: Project, Read, Study, Quizlet
So sorry I can't be there again--I hate missing time like this (especially when it messes with all my other plans). For now we'll still say the Random Map Quiz is on for Thursday, but the FRQ Quiz will likely be postponed.
For today in class, you can continue to use the time productively to work on your City Profile Project (Due in Shared Folders to be presented on Monday), or catch up on reading, or prepare for the Map Quiz. BUT... if you feel you already did that all that stuff yesterday, then I invite you to try a review method that I think you will find helpful as we head toward the AP Exam in May...
It's called Quizlet.com, and it's a really helpful review tool. If you don't already have a Quizlet Account, Click Here to Sign Up (and use a password you'll never ever forget). Once you're in, simply do a search (top part of the page) for "AP Human Geography Unit 7" and you will get hundreds of results of people who have used Quizlet to create terms lists, and you can use any one of them! Once you find one you like, you can select it and choose from a bunch of different review options, from straight up flashcards to various games.
Some of the created terms lists are better than others, so you should examine them a bit. Many will include terms we have not learned (no worries, I've structured my lessons off of the AP's Course Outline, so we should be covered), but hey; it's just a chance to learn something new! And who knows, maybe the AP will get sneaky and put some of the weirdo terms on there and you will be prepared because you went through these card sets! So enjoy, and I hope to see you for a Random Map Quiz on Thursday!
Unit 6 Project: Kiva Microloans
Now that you've researched your developing country and hopefully know a few things about it, you will now get the chance to help advocate for a real world entrepreneur living and working in that country right now! Kiva.org is a Microfinance organization that helps connect borrowers in the developing world to lenders all over the planet. In this way, borrowers gain access to capital that will help them grow their businesses.
First you will create a short presentation (or video) about your developing country according to the rubric (listed below). Later in the week, you will choose a potential borrower from your country and try and help advocate for them by introducing them and explaining about their background and why they are seeking a loan in your presentation. We will eventually present these presentations to others who will vote on which potential borrower they think should receive the loan. Each class period will have $100 that they will really loan to one of our borrowers!
European Map Quiz--Friday, January 22
We'll be having our Unit Map Quiz on Friday Jan. 22, so make sure you are ready for Europe! All those little landlocked countries with anthropographic boarders can get confusing, so make sure you review and have plenty of practice in advance. Here is just one online game that would help you practice, try it or find another you like more, but don't forget to be ready for Friday's quiz!
Fantasy Geopolitics--Country Update 1
In this extension of our Fantasy Geopolitics game, students will also be profiling one of their countries and reading an article about something that's happening there right now.
As a team, decide who will do the update for each country. Then each group member should use the Google Template linked below (make a copy of it in Google Docs so you can edit your own) to complete the assignment. When completed, they should turn in the assignment through Canvas by Monday, January 18th.
Level of Development Link:
"Crossing the Line" G.I.S. Assignment
In this assignment you will get to use real Geographic Information System software to analyze boundaries around the world, why they exist where they exist, etc. There are very clear instructions for you to follow, and all answers should be written in on the answer sheet. The paper answer sheets will be collected on Monday, January 11 at the start of class.
You may have heard a lot on the news about Syrian Refugees recently. You might also wonder what refugees are, and why they are trying to get to other countries. We will go over that in class, and to hopefully go deeper in your understanding of who refugees are and what they go through, you and your group will complete the following Simulation together. Click on the link below, then hit "Present" on the presentation, and then read each slide and follow the directions. As you click your way through your journey, you will log what happens to you on the handout.
Don't Panic: The Truth About Population
Above is the documentary we will be watching in class this week. Incase you're not actually in class this week, you can watch it yourself, and complete the worksheet below, and you'll be right on pace with everyone else. The worksheet will be due to hand in on Monday, Nov. 30th. Happy Thanksgiving!
Asian Geography Quiz: Friday, Dec. 4
Don't forget to study for the map quiz--lots of great online games to help you review for it, and I've linked one below for you to try. Enjoy!
Water Campaign Project Reminder: Evidence/Artifacts and Reflection Assignments
Water Week is finally here (after having to be rescheduled a couple of times), so let's make it count! This could be a great week for you and your group to execute your campaign plans. Please talk it up with friends and family, give yourself, and make it a personal challenge to see how much you can raise for this important cause.
Also, don't forget about the rest of the assignment either. Back in September you pitched your campaign idea to the class, but there was still more to the project. You were also asked to execute the campaign, and then to submit some Evidence/Artifacts from your campaign and reflect on the experience and what you learned. See the rubric linked below. These two assignments will be due by Friday, Dec. 11 in Canvas (but feel free to turn them in earlier if you complete your campaign earlier).
Unit 3 Test Practice Questions Available
I hope everyone enjoys their Veteran's Day off. As you prepare for our Unit 3 Tests on Thursday and Friday, be sure to check out the Practice Questions available through the MasteringGeography (Pearson) site. The Practice Questions are listed as an assignment due on Nov. 10, but you should still be able to access it after that as well. There's about 80 questions covering topics from Culture (Popular & Folk), Language, Religion, and Ethnicity. Enjoy!
"First Person"/Penpal Project check in
We're about a week away from the due date, so I wanted to check in with everyone's progress. Ideally, everyone has now found a penpal, or person from another country they can communicate with to complete the project. You should be in the process now of contacting them, interviewing them, and building your presentation according to the rubric.
Fill out one of the two forms below--either informing me you have someone and what country they live in, or informing me you need help finding someone to complete this project:
African Geography is tough... don't forget to work on it...
There are lots of great websites that can help you study/review--here's one:
Unit 3 (Culture) Project: "First Person" Penpal Project
Seeing as our website resource did not pan out in terms of providing international penpals, we will be asking students to work their personal networks to find someone outside of our country to contact for this assignment. (If after asking family and friends for good contacts nothing is found, students can fill out this online form and I will do my best to help connect you with someone.)
Once a good contact (penpal) is found, you will very respectfully ask if you can interview them for a project you are doing on culture. You can tell them you main aim is to better understand their culture and the life they lead. Using the rubric below as your guide, you will ask them several questions about their life (Daily Schedule, Home, Language, Religion, Family, etc.), as well as for a few photos (family photo, photo of home, etc. Then you will use the information you learn to create a 4-6 minute presentation on "A Day in the Life" of your penpal. Presentations should be completed and in your Shared Folder by Monday, Nov. 9.
Religion Profiles Project
In class we will be researching certain religions using the rubric/guide listed below. As groups research, they will create a short PowerPoint/Slides Presentation highlighting what they found. They will then present their findings to the whole class for a small project grade. Completed Presentations will be due in Shared Folders on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Unit 3 (Culture) Project: International Penpals
I've never tried this before, but this looks like a good resource, so let's give it a try and hope it works! Follow the instructions below to sign up to be matched with an International Penpal. Once you are (hopefully) matched, you will follow a series of steps where you will get to know more about the region where you penpal comes from, and get to interact directly with them on a number of topics. Ideally, this project will culminate with you becoming something of an expert (or at least a lot more knowledgable than you were before the project) on your penpal's country, and giving our class a short presentation on the life of a typical teenager in that country.
But first thing is first--you need to sign up. We will be using PenpalSchools.com for this project. So feel free to visit their site and see how they work. For now, go to https://penpalschools.com/registration and complete sign-up process.
Unit 2 Test: Thursday & Friday, Oct. 8 & 9
Students should review all their notes from the unit, including their Reading Guides, and their various handouts. Students should also review the practice questions I have posted for them through our Mastering Geography (online textbook) site.
Just for Fun: Freerice.com
By all accounts this seems legit--play fairly simple online geography trivia and for every correct answer you give 10 grains of rice are donated to help feed families in the developing world. So play like crazy, play as much as you want, challenge your friends, etc.! You'll help others in need, and you might learn something too.
Water Campaign Project
For the rest of September (and the start of October) will will partner with Charity: Water to help build a clean water source (clean well, or clean water filtration system) somewhere in the developing world! Students will create their own campaigns doing things they are excited to do to raise money in support of our overall class campaigns. The first part of the project is "Pitching" their campaign idea: what they will do, how they will do it, and why they think it will be effective (See Rubric below). Pitches will be presented in class on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Visit & Share our Water Campaign Sites! (Click the photos below)
Students, click the "Join the Team" button on your class campaign site to make your own campaign site! Friends, family members and others, please click the "Donate to this Campaign" button to make a contribution. Any contributions made between now and the end of the year will be matched!
Agriculture & Food Photo Scavenger Hunt
For this Unit's project students will do some primary research on food and agriculture related topics based off of items they go and find locally. Students drafted the items they will need to find, document, research, and present on in class on Monday, Sept. 28th. The total list of items is linked below:
Incase you were out... Guns, Germs, & Steel Episode 1
Unit 2: Agriculture, Food, & Rural Land Use
In this unit we will look as far in the past as the very origins of civilization, and why it had a lot to do with food. We'll also at the most modern innovations in food production, and see why it's a lot more important than we are likely to think in our country. Below you will find our general unit resources: your reading schedule, reading guide/notes, and the Unit 2 terms list. Do your part to keep up with the reading, filling out your notes as you do so, paying special attention to the concepts on the terms list, and you'll be doing a good job to prepare yourself for the quizzes and tests.
Map Review Slideshow
A student suggested putting up some slides of the different kinds of maps so that everyone could practice with them, and I thought that was a great idea. So here it is! Hit "Present" on the slideshow, then try to guess each map, when you click in the slideshow again, it will present the answer. Enjoy!
As if you needed more incentive to do well on Friday's Map Quiz...
...help stop British talk show hosts who have TV shows in America from making so much fun of us...
Globalization: Good or Bad?
Read the articles below to find 5 arguments supporting the notion that Globalization is a good thing, and 5 arguments supporting the notion that Globalization is a not a good thing. For each argument, be sure to cite where you found it (Author, page number). This will be due to be handed in during class on paper on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Unit 1 Project: "My Top Places" Presentation
In this project you will think geographically about some of your top places: places in town, out-of-town places you’ve been, and places you want to visit. In analyzing each place’s absolute location, site, and situation, you will help communicate the “sense of place” for each.
You will create a presentation (Google Slides, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.) highlighting your top 2 local places, the top 2 non-local places you’ve been, and the top 2 places you want to visit. Be sure to include all the required elements discussed on rubric below, and also try to make your slides fun and interesting--really try to get across why each place is unique and why you think it’s great! Your completed project will be due in your shared folders on Monday, Aug. 31.
Unit 1 Reading: Rubenstein Ch. 1
The text for this unit is Ch. 1 from our textbook. I have included links below to a suggested pacing guide for the reading, as well as some guided questions students can complete as they read the text:
Registering your Online Textbook
Follow the steps below to register and gain access to your online textbook:
Setting Up a Shared Folder
In class today we will be setting up Shared Folders through your Google (Gmail) account. This will be the way you turn in electronic assignments this year. We'll try to do it together, but just incase you can't make it today, or if you forgot your computer and needed to do it later, the step by step instructions are listed below. Have this set up by Friday, Aug. 14 for a classwork grade.
1st Map Quiz: US & Canada
Physical Geography isn't the main focus of this course, but as far as the AP Readers and the College Board are concerned, it is background knowledge they expect you to have. So we will do a map quiz as a part of each of our units of study this year, and to start us off in Unit 1, we'll stay close to home with North America, focusing mainly on the US & Canada. Use the link below as a basis for your research on the States and Provinces of the US & Canada. Our first map quiz will be on Friday, Aug. 28th.
Student Introduction Email Assignment
Using what they have learned about proper Email Etiquette, students will write an email introducing themselves to me, and send it to my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The email will need to be received by Friday, Aug. 14.
Parent/Guardian Contact Info Form
Your first assignment is a very easy one. Take the Parent/Guardian Contact Info form home to your family and have them fill it out. Bring it back Wednesday, Aug. 12 for an easy homework grade. If you lose your paper copy, you can print out and extra copy for yourself as it's linked below. Also, if any Parents/Guardians are willing to fill out the form online (my preferred method), that form is linked here also:
Welcome! Please be sure to Bookmark this website (both Students and Parents) as it will be a frequently used resource in class this year.
Much for info to come, but for now a couple of things you can do to get ready for the start of school:
1 working Google (gmail) account that will function as their school email
1 set of working headphones
1 one-inch 3-ring notebook
2 packs of notebook dividers (at least 10 dividers)
1 journal/notepad/notebook to be a Homework/Assignments Journal/Notebook (will be used for all classes, not just this one)
I'm excited and looking forward to the year ahead of us. Thanks, and see you Monday!
My apologies, as my syllabus is lengthy, but my purpose is to ensure that both students and parents are fully aware of how I will run my class, procedures, expectations, rules, etc. If you have any questions please fell free to contact me.