World Geography is a year-long course designed to provide students with a basic
understanding of and interrelationship between physical and human geography.
Major Topics Covered (Semester 1):
• The Six Elements of Geography
• Introduction to the basics of physical & human geography
• United States and Canada
• Latin America (includes Middle America and South America)
• Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Republics
Major Topics Covered (Semester 2):
• Southwest Asia (The Middle East)
• East and Southeast Asia
• South Asia, with a focus on India
• Australia and New Zealand
• Various geography-related topics will be covered, including modern geographical
concerns and their historical roots
Course Activities and Requirements:
• Note-taking from lecture, text, and video
• Map labeling, study, analysis and interpretation
• Current event assignments
• Group and individual projects
• Research reports and other various writing assignments
• Quizzes, tests, and alternative assessments
Student Expectations and Participation:
• Each student is expected to come to class prepared to learn. Being prepared
includes having their laptop, pencil/pen, notebook, and anything else required by the instructor
for a given assignment. Students are encouraged and expected to participate in class
discussions, activities, and projects.
• Students should expect homework for this class each weekday evening, except
Friday. Homework is due the next school day at the beginning of the class unless
noted otherwise by the instructor. It is important that homework be completed;
homework content will most always appear on quizzes and/or tests.• Tests, quizzes, homework, reports, and other assignments are assigned a point value:
Six week and semester grades are based on the following:
90%—100%=A 80%—89%= B 70%—79%= C 60%—69%= D
• It is my intention to maintain a positive classroom environment conducive to learning. No
student will be permitted to disrupt the classroom or the learning of other students.
Rules to be observed at all times:
• No writing or marking of any kind on student desks, in textbooks, or any other place where it
would be inappropriate to do so.
• No profanity, vulgarity, or any other offensive language.
• No eating, drinking (Including bottled water), or gum chewing inside the classroom.
• No student is to use the classroom telephone, cell phone or computer for PERSONAL use.
• Cell phones are not to be seen or heard for personal use—violations will result in immediate confiscation in
accordance with Lee High School policy.
• Class is dismissed by the instructor, not by the bell.
• Students should always be in their assigned seats during class unless permission to be
elsewhere has been granted by the instructor.
• Students should always conduct themselves appropriately during this and all other classes.
Appropriate behavior includes treating other students as well as the instructor with courtesy,
respect, and politeness.
*IPODS, MP3 players and other music players including phones will only be permitted for specific instructional purposes. These purposes will be determined by the teacher. Music players being used at any other time during the class period will be confiscated and turned in to the appropriate assistant principal.
→Failure to follow the above rules will be dealt with appropriately by the instructor. Penalties include,
but are not limited to, writing assignments, detention, parental contact, Saturday School, parental
conference, and referral to administration.
Attendance and Tardiness:
•Students are expected to attend class. Each day of class includes instruction and/or activities important
• During an absence I encourage you to contact a classmate or refer to the course website to obtain
information about class and/or homework assignments.
• Students are expected to be in their assigned seats before the bell rings. Tardiness is dealt with in a
manner deemed appropriate by the instructor as well as in accordance with the rules and regulations
set forth by Lee High School.
• It is the responsibility of the student to see me regarding assignments given and class work (including
quizzes and tests) that was administered during any absence.
• When a student returns from an EXCUSED absence, he or she will be given the number of days equal
to the absence to submit missed work or take a test/quiz.
• Any student with an UNEXCUSED absence is ineligible to submit missed work or make-up a quiz or
test. (This includes absences due to any suspension)
• Students absent from class due to participation in school-sponsored activities (athletics, performing arts,
etc…) should notify me in advance so we can discuss other arrangements should a quiz or test be
administered on that day.
Tests and Quizzes:
• Students should expect to take a test at the conclusion of each unit. In most cases tests will be
multiple-choice, open ended questions and may include one or more essay questions. Other forms of assessment may also be used. Students are given sufficient time to prepare for quizzes and tests.
• Students should expect to take quizzes daily, with an occasional “pop” quiz.
• Students are expected to sustain a level of integrity for this and all other classes. Maintain your
individuality by thinking and working independently, completing and submitting your own originalassignments. Take pride in your work!
• Because of its convenience, I encourage parents and students to contact me via my school e-mail. In
most cases I will respond to e-mail questions daily during a normal school week. My E-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
• In accordance with Lee’s schedule, an advisory session will occur 1 time per week (on Fridays) for 22 minutes. This advisory period was designed for students to get additional help, make-up quizzes and
tests, meet with teachers, and tend to any academic matters. My advisory period will occur in the same
room in which my classes are held, room 326. All classroom rules apply to advisory periods.