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 beyond learning countries and capitals. It goes beyond the physical or political maps that draw borders around plots of land. Our world is so much richer and more complex than that!
Learning about the geographical landscapes of our planet teaches us about the uniqueness of people and their rich culture. In addition, geography helps to demonstrate the differences in resources and landscapes that drive prosperity or fuel poverty. 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 32 week, 90 min 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. We will use a multi-media approach by watching videos, reading literature excerpts, hearing from real people from around the world, and researching topics online. Outside of class, students will be responsible for reading and reviewing material to be able to participate in class discussion and activities.
Required Materials: there is no required textbook but students will need to access notes, videos, and online reading material.
Homework Requirements: Short weekly assignments (30mins-1hr)
Class Fee: $350 for full year class
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Jamie Reed
COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, 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.