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Honors World Geography

Students will focus on first the United States, then the remaining global regions and study their; location, regions, natural resources, climates and weather patterns and God’s ecological balance, human interaction, as well as cartography . Students will also learn about the geographic circumstances of the various nations, including how these geographical traits affect their economies, social structures, and interaction with other nations.  Students will examine how other people live and interact with their environment – as we are ALL made in His image – considering how we all are so very inter-connected and similar and, yet, very different.

  Honors World Geography    $10/class minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Ed Moody                                                                    edmoody@questforeducationsandarts.com

Honors World Geography    $10/class minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Ed Moody                                                                   
edmoody@questforeducationsandarts.com

September 11, 2017

God bless our time together. 

Remember, for NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.

We talked about...

  • World or regional population
  • 1rst World (Industrialized) v. 3rd World (Developing) Nations
  • Geodemography
  • Population centers
  • Factors increasing or decreasing the NATURAL rate of population growth

     -economic development
     -education
     -gender "empowerment"
     -healthcare
     -cultural traditions
     -public policy

  • Factors which influence the NATURAL rate (P, B, D, I, E, M, T, I2)
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There have been several of you who have inquired as what is and is not a viable and credible news source, here is list for your reference.  Next to each site, I have noted whether or not they tend to be more liberal, middle of the road, or conservative (right).

 

REPORTING:
(L=leans Left, C=Centrist/ Moderate leaning, R=leans Right)
Fox News (R)
CNN (C/L)
ABC (C/L)
CBS (C/L)
NBC/ MSNBC (C/L)
Wall Street Journal (C/R)
New York Times (L)
National Public Radio (L)
Washington Post (L)
Los Angeles Times (L)
USA Today (C)
The Nation (L)
Atlantic Monthly (L)
The Progressive (L)
Capitol Hill Blue (L)
Christian Science Monitor (C)
Washington Monthly (C)
Cook Political Report (C)
World Press Review (C)
National Review (R)
Weekly Standard (R)
Right Wing News (R, duh)
The New Republic (R)
Politico (R)
Drudge Report (R)
Associated Press (C)
Gallup Polling
Rasmussen Polling
Zogby Polling
Talking Points daily memo

September 18, 2017

For NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.

We talked about...

  • Aspects of population fluctuation (Economics, Education, Gender, Healthcare, Public Policy, Cultural Traditions, Immigration, Emigration)
  • Indicators of population growth or decline (GNI, birthrate, mortality, healthcare concerns)
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Equator
  • Global projections (Mercator, Fuller, Robison, Peters, Azimuthal)
  • Map types (Scale, Referencial, Thematic, Isoline)

 

Feel free to look ahead to: Topographic maps, Proportional symbol maps, location chart maps, dot maps, choropleth maps, and cartograms.

Power Point

September 25, 2017

For NEXT CLASS, 

1. CURRENT EVENT:

You are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.

*If you find an article that utilizes a different kind of map

1) Identify what kid of map it is, what it helps you understand, and how it does that.

Please include a copy of the map AND THE LINK OR CITATION.

*If you find a story that is only understandable if you have an understanding of North American (US and Canadian) describe the story and how an understanding of North American geography bettered your understanding of the story. MAKE CERTAIN TO CITE YOUR STORY.

 

We talked about:

Global projections:

  • Mercator Projections
  • Fuller Projections
  • Robinson Projections
  • Peters Projections
  • Azimuthal Projections

Map types:

  • Scale
  • Reference
  • Thematic
  • Isoline
  • Topographic
  • Proportional
  • Location
  • Dot
  • Choropleth
  • Cartogram

2. Make certain to make an acronym for:

  • the Great Lakes
  • the Canadian provinces

3. Study and prepare for a quiz on 50 States.

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October 2, 2017

For NEXT CLASS, you are to find another current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to the specific concepts of:

  • Populations centers near water
  • River systems
  • Great Lakes
  • Topographical issues of the U.S.
  • Anything where understanding a map (scale, referencial, thematic, isoline, topographic, Proportional symbol, location chart, dot, choropleth, and cartograms) helped your understanding of what was going on and HOW.

Also, be prepared to fill in the following features on a map

  • All 50 States
  • All Provinces and regions of Canada
  • U.S. Great Lakes
  • River Systems of the U.S. (St. Lawrence, Hudson, Potomac, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Rio Grande, Columbia, Colorado, Ohio)
  • Bodies of Static Water (Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Lake Okeechobee, Great Salt Lake)
  • Initial Topographical anomalies (Rocky Mountains, Central Plains)
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October 9, 2017

Keep working on Current events.  I promise, we will present these.  I have already randomly chosen the person who will present next week.  It... might... be... YOU.  Topics may include past topical lists (see previous yellow boxes) or what we talked about today:

  • States
  • Waterways
  • Mountains
  • Parks
  • Plateaus
  • Plains
  • Plate Techtonics & creation of mountains

***Make certain to explain in your current event HOW something geographic impacted the story or HOW an understanding of a geographic concept helped you better understand the story.

 

Also, be ready for the dreaded quiz.

October 16, 2017

1. Continue to work on memorizing the states and provinces of the United States and Canada, as well as the water ways and physical features of North America.  Our study of geography will build upon everything we have already looked at. (List is added again as a attachment)

2. Add:

The Caribbean

Lake Nicaragua

Panama Canal

Mexico           Honduras         Cuba                         Puerto Rico

Belize             Nicaragua        Jamaica                    Bahamas

Guatemala    Costa Rica       Haiti                         Trinidad and Tobago

El Salvador   Panama          Dominican Repub.

3. To help you in looking at and remembering Central American countries, also FIND ANOTHER MAP OF CENTRAL AMERICA (for example, Reference, Thematic, Isoline, Topographic, Proportional, Location, Dot, Choropleth, Cartogram)

 

4. Do not forget to continue to look for articles that THE UNDERSTANDING OF GEOGRAPHY helps you better understand the information.  Make certain to articulate HOW understanding geography HELPS you.

 

Next week, we will be continuing our study, and will be adding the 5 OVERALL THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY (Location, Place, Human interaction, Movement, Region).  We will also start looking at capitols of States.

 

5. To get us ready for that, and to remind us of state placement, watch click on the link to the state capitol song.  What is wrong with the map presented for the United States?  If you go to the next link, you can look at what you WILL be able to do... naming all the countries of world.

 

October 23, 2017

It has been a pleasure looking at the attributes and character of North and Central America.  After our quiz white board challenge, it is clear that you are clear on the countries and primary water ways of North and Central America. 

1. Be prepared for a geographic quiz on the states/ provinces and physical elements (Mountains, Plains, Bays, Rivers, Oceans, Seas) of the United States and Canada, as well as Central America and the Caribbeans.

2. Make certain to look for a current event that deals with some aspect of the INTERACTION of people with geography as reflected in the 5 Themes of Geography: 

Location: Absolute position on the Earth's surface (latitude/ longitude, Directional location (N, S, E, W)

Place: Physical proximity and interactions of how and where we are in reaation to something else 

Human/ Environmental interaction: How people shape or change geography.

Movement: How people move and interact with one another based on their interaction with geography

Regions: The presence of regions, how they are formed and why they are formed.

 

Your current event should not only articulate what the story is but HOW an understanding of geography better helped you understand the story.

3. Next week we will start looking at South America as well as the capitals of U.S. States.

4. Only one letter in the alphabet is NOT in any US State.  What letter is it?

 

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October 30, 2017

Think of how much you have learned thus far...

Political geography of the United States and North America

Regions of the United States

American demographics and population specifics

Generic geographic features 

Specific topographical (physical and water) features of North America

5 themes of geography

Map varieties

 

For next week:

1. Continue to prepare for a quiz on 

a. the states and provinces of the United States and Canada

b. countries of Central America

c. Physical features of North America (mountains, plains, water, regions)

d. Generic geographic terms

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2. What U.S. state is the Eastern most state? Western most? Northern most? Southern most?

3. Make certain to look for a current event that deals with some aspect of the INTERACTION of people with geography.  How does geography influence the situation? 

4. Next week, we will begin to look at South America as well as the capitals of U.S. States.

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November 6, 2017

Well done, my charges, regarding the geography quiz today.

 

Remember, for next week, 2 things:

 

1. Make certain to look for a current event that deals with some aspect of the INTERACTION of people with geography.  How does geography influence the situation? Your current event MUST ALSO INCLUDE a different type map (Reference, Thematic, Isoline, Topographic, Proportional, Location, Dot, Choropleth, Cartogram)

 

2. Be prepared to identify (Yikes, we've gone over A LOT!!!)

•All 50 states AND THEIR CAPITALS

•Canada (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, NW Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario , Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ottawa)

•Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas)

•American Population density

•Regions: Northwest, New England, South, Midwest, Southeast, West, Rustbelt, Sunbelt, Bible Belt

•Plains: Great Plains, Great basin, Gulf Coastal Plains, Atlantic Coastal Plains

•Mountains: Sierra Nevadas, Cascades, Rockies, Appalachians, Adirondack, Alaskan, Mt. McKinley, Pike's Peak, Mt. Whitney, Continental Divide

•Deserts: Mohave, Sonoran, 

•Rivers and Waterways: Columbia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Rio Grande, Missouri, Potomac, Ohio, Hudson, St. Lawrence

•Lakes, Bays, Seas, and Oceans: Salt Lake, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Okeechobee, Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Hudson Bay

 

3. Be able to describe and identify

•5 themes of Geography (Location, Place, Human Interaction, Movement, Region)

•Geodemography

•Map projections (Mercatur, Fuller, Robinson, Peters, Aimuthal)

 

4. This next week, we will ONLY add: 

•Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

•Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn

 

5. As per our conversation, below is a map of Indian reservations in the United States.

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November 13, 2017

As we head into Thanksgiving week, remember to take time to be thankful for the opportunities you have, being able to serve your Lord, and for the family you have.

Over the break, take the opportunity to study what we have learned so far, CLEARLY (for some of you) beginning with U.S. State Capitals.

Attached is the study guide for what we have done thus far.  

God speed.

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November 27, 2017

We are nearing the end, folks, and as Rose pointed out today, we have been over and through a great deal.

 

Next week we will compete for points and prizes based on the topics on the review sheet.  Remember, it is NOT enough to simply know a definition, it is necessary to be able to use the information.

 

Review the review sheet (another attached) while you begin your review, review-ed-ly.

 

December 4, 2017

December 11, 2017

January 8, 2018

Welcome back to the second half of geography.

 

This semester we will be looking at the Eastern Hemisphere in some detail.  We will be looking at:

•Europe (physical geography)

•Europe (political geography) (including nations and the subdivisions of  NATO, the UN, language groups, and the EU)

•Africa (physical geography)

•Africa (population geography (aka tribes and people groups))

•Africa (political geography)

•The Middle East (population geography)

•The Middle East (political geography)

•Asia (physical geography)

•Asia (political geography)

•Oceania (political geography)

THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This week is a light week, study the European physical geography and be prepared for a quick quiz identifying the those items.... If you feel confident in your ability to identify these, begin looking at the political nations of Europe (there are 50 of them)

 

Fun Fact Question of the Week, for 2 extra points on you quiz (don't share)...

Only four countries are completely surrounded by another country and landlocked (not bordering water of any sort).  Three are in Europe and one is in Africa.  Name them.

 

January 15, 2017

Welcome back to another wonderful semester.  I look forward to geographically exploring the rest of the world with you.

For next week, you need to be able to:

1. Identify all of the major geographic features already known.

2. Be able to identify all the political countries in Western Europe (Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Iberian Peninsula, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)

3. Be able to articulate WHAT NATO is, why it was created, and its importance in the modern world. (Extra points for being able to identify the member nations)

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4. Be able to articulate WHAT the EU is, why it was created, and its importance in the modern world. (Extra points for being able to identify the member nations)

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5. Geography fact of the week...

Mount Chimborazo is closer to space than Mount Everest.... Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth (29,029 feet), so it would stand to reason that the top of the mountain would be the highest point on Earth (and therefore closest to space). But when you remember that Earth is slightly oval-shaped, things get interesting. Our planet is slightly inflated around the equator, meaning countries like Ecuador and Kenya have a bit of an edge. With this added elevation, the top of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo (which is only 20,564 feet tall) is closest to the stars.

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March 5, 2018

 

March 12, 2018

I was impressed with the depth and breadth of our geographic knowledge this week.  Remember, the beginning of next class will be a quiz on the geographic and political map of Asia.

To help with the geographic map, please refer to the quiz we utilized in class.  It can be linked here

Physical map list is here: Siberia, Mekong R., Gulf of Thailand, Gobi Desert, Yangtze R., Andaman Sea, Taklamaken Desert, Yellow (Huang He) R.,  Bay of Bengal, Korean Peninsula,  Amur R.,  Arabian Sea, Tibetan Plateau,  Ob R.,  Bering Sea, Malay Peninsula,  Indus R.,  East China Sea, Western Ghat Mtns,  Ganges R.,  Yellow Sea, EasternGhat Mtns,  Sea of Japan, Ural Mtns,  Arctic Ocean,  Caucus Mtns,  Sea of Okhotsk, Himalaya Mountains,  Pacific Ocean, Kamchatcka Peninsula,  Indian Ocean, Chukchi Peninsula,  South China Sea

Next week, we will also begin talking about Oceana and beginning to introduce some overall geographic concepts now that we have examples to refer to.  

Keep in mind, a large part of geography is perspective.  

 

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