World Geography

How does the Amazon River influence the culture in its neighboring South American countries? How do the vast mountains of the Alps drive innovation and inter-country cooperation? How does the climate of West African nations promote social and political unrest? How could Holland, a nation below sea level, help the world combat rising sea levels? Understanding World Geography goes way beyond learning countries and capitals. Gaining a global perspective helps students grow into compassionate and knowledgeable adults who can be advocates and innovators seeking to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

In this 30-week course, students will take a deeper look at the world around them, dissecting the nations to discover the people that inhabit them. Our emphasis while in class will be to survey the regions of a continent, where students will discuss challenges and successes, government systems, topographical interests and other important features of each location.  Each region is also accompanied by a specific theme to help students dive deeper. For example, the Middle East is discussed with the theme of “movement” as we see civilization, religion, as well as modern resources all sprout from that rich cultural area. We will use hands-on activities, games, videos, food, and speakers to enjoy learning about our world.

Required Materials: there is no required textbook but students use tutor-provided notes, videos, and online reading material.

Homework Requirements: Short weekly assignments (30mins-1hr)


Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 9th-12th
Class Fee: $375
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Jamie Reed

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.