Would you like to travel to many countries and see the world while enjoying the comforts of your own home? If so, you have come to the right course! This course is structured in such a way to introduce the general principles of geographic study while regularly diving deep into various cultures. This is illustrated by the weekly outline:
- Week 1 – Geography and World Overview
- Week 2 – Asia Overview
- Week 3 – East Asia Focus: Korea
- Week 4 – South Asia Focus: India
- Week 5 – West Asia Focus: Israel
- Week 6 – Africa Overview
- Week 7 – Africa Focus: Tanzania
- Week 8 – Europe Overview
- Week 9 – Europe Focus: Ireland
- Week 10 – South America Overview
- Week 11 – South America Focus: Peru
- Week 12 – North America Overview
- Week 13 – North America Focus: Panama
- Week 14 – Oceania Overview
- Week 15 – Oceania Focus: Papua New Guinea
- Week 16 – Review of World Geography
In this class, students will learn about the physical world, human interactions with their surroundings, and systems that humans have developed in various regions. Of course, time will be allotted to the study and understanding of maps (one of a geographer’s primary tools). The course is centered around the six essential elements of the National Geographic Standards that were created by the National Council for Geographic Education. These elements are:
- The World in Spatial Terms
- Places and Regions
- Physical Systems
- Human Systems
- Environment and Society
- The Uses of Geography
So, as we move from region to region, students will gain an understanding of key physical characteristics (like landforms and climate) while also exploring the cultures and histories that make people groups unique.
Note: Assignments have been updated to include more cultural studies and a wider variety of interesting content.
The course includes a weekly live class that will be engaging, with group discussions and plenty of pictures from around the world. Students will have a quiz and various homework assignments to complete during the week, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions.
Students will complete a final project in which they will do a focused study of a country and create a presentation displaying their research (with optional sharing in class). Others assignments examples include the following: studying the flora and fauna found in different climate zones, creating unique maps, watching videos about various cultures, and reading about various types of African masks. There is an estimated 2-3 hours of work per week outside of the live class. Recordings are soon available after each class for review or catch-up work. There is one quiz to be completed after the final live class session.
Who should enroll?
This class is recommended for the 7th grade level (or higher). The maximum class size is 16 students to encourage student engagement.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Since there will be map activities, students may be asked to scan or take pictures of certain assignments for submission.
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments via Canvas. Work will be graded and student questions will be addressed in a timely manner.
Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class. I will confirm registration and provide a welcome email to students. All parents should join Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parents’ questions. Parents and students can contact me during the course via e-mail. I will try to respond to any questions within 24 hours. Work will be graded, and student questions will be addressed in a timely manner. Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments.