Essential Questions
Course Name: World Affairs Geography (WAFF’s)                                                 Course Number: 921                              
Revision Date: Sept., 2011                     Grade/level: 12
Course Length: .05 Credit/Qtr. (90min.)

Course Description:
This course reviews and fosters cultural and economic understanding of societies. The students will examine the geographical “Environment” (physical, cultural, and economic) of the different regions within the Western Hemisphere.  Students will use the 5 Themes of Geography, concepts and skills obtained through their course work using current technology to complete a common essay and present a final project and a final exam.  

Suggested Instructional Strategies:
Instructional strategies will include a variety of primary and secondary source readings, geo/political adaptations of videos, current periodicals, maps, national geographic journals; media center research, class lectures, US Dept of Interior materials and Global Information Systems Data(GIS).  Class discussions, small cooperative learning groups and outside learning opportunities will be implemented.

Familiar with  
Demonstrate how the “5 Themes of Geography” as it impacts people’s life decisions. Apply the 5 Themes of Geography by being able to apply them to everyday examples. Characteristics of Urban & Rural Areas, Global Warming and Human Economic Development.Define the terms of Location, Place, Region, Movement, Human Interaction/Environment
Utilization of maps and data as it applies to the 5 Themes.
Choosing the right map to show specific data.Know the various categories of maps and their projections.
Predict the various physical and environmental changes that impact human development.

Assess the historical impact of human/environmental interaction with/on the earth. (Industrial & Agricultural Revolution, Global Warming)Identify landforms/water features and processes such as climate, weather, internal/external forces (plate tectonics), erosion, earth-sun relationships and water cycle.
Demonstrate/Illustrate spatial relationships of humans on the environment.Analyze data maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and describe the impact of humans on the World. Compare Demographic Information to Data Maps (i.e. Environmental, Climate, Topographical, Economy, etc.)Computerized and published data maps. Population density and topographic relationships.
Map Symbols, Grid Patterns, compass & various key styles
Determine “Why Do People Live Where They Live and What their Cultural Elements are?”Describe the interaction of various cultural groups on the environment.
Inuit, Aboriginal, Modern Urban Peoples etc. (Human Spatial Impact).
Define cultural traits such as religion, government, economics, language, technology, family and food.

Students will be able to identify and apply the Five Themes of Geography to the real world.

Students will be able to identify and use the proper maps and projections as it relates to navigation, topography, and landform distortion.

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