World Geography Syllabus (2018-2019)

Course Description:

World Geography is a course designed with emphasis placed on providing the student with an understanding of the major world regions and their relationship with the modern world. The course will follow the standards established by the state of South Carolina. The course will have a regional focus with emphasis on physical geography, historical events, human geography, and human-environment interaction. Each unit will involve exploring the political, cultural, and physical make-up of each of the world’s major regions including North America, Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australia. Students will use information to discern position, opinion and bias, recognize cause and effect, make generalizations and inferences, evaluate relevance, identify differences and similarities, evaluate decisions and course of action, think critically, and recognize problems and solutions. The ultimate goal is to stimulate interest in world events while fostering an attitude of tolerance.

Units Covered in Class:

Unit I: The World
Unit II: North America (U.S. and Canada)
Unit III: Latin America (Central and S. America)
Unit IV: Europe
Unit V: North Africa and the Middle East
Unit VI: Sub-Saharan Africa
Unit VII: South Asia
Unit VIII: East Asia
Unit IX: SE Asia, Australia, and Oceania

 South Carolina State Standards:

Current Social Studies Standards

2020 Social Studies Standards

Lesson Plans:

World Geography Lesson Plans

Textbook and Materials:

• Geography, The Human and Physical World; By: Glencoe
• Chrome Book (Google classroom) (ConnectED)
• Binder


Curriculum/Instructional goals and objectives are consistent with the South Carolina Social Studies State Standards. Each student is expected to:
• Complete reading assignments
• Complete Homework assignments
• Participate in class discussions
• Be on time to class
• Come to class prepared
• Give 100% effort
• Respect everyone!

Make-Up Work:

Make up work is the responsibility of the student and is required within 5 days of an excused absence unless extenuating circumstances deem more time is necessary. All missed assignments will be keyed into the grade book with a 0 until the work is made up.

Grading Weights:

Daily Classwork 10%

Homework 10%

Binder Check 10%

Quizzes 20%

Test/Projects 30%

Final Exam 20%

Students will hand in ALL of their Cornell Notes at end of the Semester for Final Project Grade

Grades will be maintained in PowerTeacher and can be accessed through the Parent Portal on the CCSD website at If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please feel free to contact me directly via email as soon as the concern arises.

Class Rules:

• Sit in ASSIGNED seat BEFORE the bell rings.
• Eliminate ALL side comments and conversations.
• Use RESPECTFUL language.
• Electronics  Turn them OFF and put them AWAY.
• Only have food and drink when ALLOWED by the TEACHER.


1st offense verbal warning
2nd offense student/teacher conference
3rd offense parent contact
Additional offenses will be handled with an administrative referral.

Tardy Policy:

A student that is not inside his/her classroom when the bell rings, is considered tardy. A student is expected to be in class and ready to begin work at the beginning of each instructional period. Refer to Early College tardy policy.


Approved devices can be used in schools as a technology tool, but must be in the “off” position and not be displayed for use during class, unless otherwise specifically allowed by a staff member for a specific instructional purpose. Student devices are allowed under the direct supervision of school faculty and staff for guided instructional purposes.

Cheating Policy:

Each offense will result in an administrative referral. The first offense, the student will be retaught expectations and will re-do the work, with the maximum grade being a 60%.
Any further offenses result in a 0 for the assignment/assessment.


Chapters Covered in Class:

The pacing guide is subject to change at individual teacher discretion.

Chapters Unit Essential Question Tentative Assessment(s) Tentative Dates
Chapter 1: How Geographers Look at the World How does geography help us interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future? (Homework: Review Questions  1.1 , 1.2) 1/22 - 1/23
Chapter 2: The Physical World How do physical processes shape Earth’s Surface? Quiz on (Chapter 1  + 2) 1/29

Review Questions  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 

Desalination Writing Assignment

1/24 – 1/28
Chapter 3: Climates of the Earth Why is climate important to life on Earth? Review Questions: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


 1/30 - 2/1
Chapter 4: The Human World How do characteristics and distribution of human populations affect human and physical systems? Review Questions: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3,  4.4, 4.5

Chapter 3 and 4 Test (2/11)

Hong Kong Writing Assignment 

Country Report Project due on 2/22

 2/2 -  2/8
Chapter 5: The United States How do physical systems and human systems shape a place? Review Questions: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Writing Assignment: Seal Island and North Rock

 2/11 - 2/15
Chapter 6: Canada How did British and French cultures influence Canada’s history? Review Questions: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3


 2/18 -2/19
Chapter 7: Mexico How does Mexican society and culture reflect the country’s colonial past? Review Questions: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3

Diego Rivera Mini Research Project

Chapter 5, 6, 7 Test on 2/27

 2/21 - 2/25
Chapter 8: Central America and the Caribbean Why are the majority of Central America’s people concentrated in the Central Highlands? Review Questions: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3  2/28 - 3/4
Chapter 9: South America How has South America’s rugged landscape both attracted and isolated people? Review Questions: 9.1, 9.2, 9.3

Quiz on Chapter 8 and 9 

2nd SLO 

 3/5 - 3/11
Chapter 10: Northern Europe  How did the last ice age impact the landforms of Northern Europe ?  Review Questions: 10.1, 10.2, 10.3

Test on Chapter 10 

 3/12 - 3/15
Chapter 11: Northwestern Europe  How have new ideas influenced the development of governments and economies in Northwestern Europe?  Review Questions: 11.1, 11.2, 11.3

Test on Chapters 9, 10,11 on 3/21/19

 3/18 - 3/20
Chapter 12: Southern Europe  How have migration and aging populations affected Southern Europe’s population patterns?  Review Questions: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3

Writing Assignment: City Design 

 3/22 - 4/2
Chapter 13: Eastern Europe  How do mountains and plains define Eastern Europe?  Review Questions: 13.1, 13.2, 13.3

Writing Assignment: Racism and Prejudice

Eastern Europe Map 

 4/3 - 4/5
Chapter 14: The Russian Core  What impact did Soviet-era ideas and actions have on the environment of the Russian Core?  Review Questions: 14.1, 14.2, 14.3

Russian Timeline

Test on Chapters 12, 13, 14 on April 11th 

 4/8 - 4/10
Chapter 15: North Africa  How has the Nile River been the lifeblood of North Africa?   Review Questions: 15.1, 15.2, 15.3

Writing Assignment: Social Media

 4/12 -4/16
Chapter 16: The Eastern Mediterranean  How have migrations, claims to ancestral homes, and boundary disputes affected population patterns in the Eastern Mediterranean?   Review Questions: 16.1, 16.2, 16.3  4/17- 4/24
Chapter 17: The Northeast  How have ancient civilizations and the discovery of oil impacted the Northeast?   Review Questions: 17.1, 17.2, 17.3

Writing Assignment: Travel Article  

Map Check for Quiz Grade

 4/25 - 4/29
Chapter 18: The Arabian Peninsula  How does Islam affect life on the Arabian Peninsula?  Review Questions: 18.2

Mini Research Project: Pilgrimage to Mecca

Test on Chapters 16-17 on May 1st 

Chapter 19: Central Asia  How has the Taliban governed Afghanistan?    Review Questions: 19.2

Writing Assignment: Afghanistan

Chapter 20: The Transition Zone  What is the lasting impact that violence and forced relocation can have on the  culture of a civilization?  Review Questions: 20.2

World Map Project: Africa

Chapter 21: East Africa  What environmental challenges does East Africa face today and what are they doing to combat it?  Review Questions: 21.3

Writing Activity: Poaching Elephants

Test on Chapter 18, 19, 20, 21,  

Chapter 22: West Africa  Why has it been difficult to stop the flow of conflict diamonds?  Review Questions: 22.2  5/7
Chapter 23: Equatorial Africa  What is life like living under colonial rule?   Review Questions: 23.2

ABC Country Google Slide Project

Writing Assignment: Letter

Chapter 24: Southern Africa  How did Apartheid come to in end in South Africa?   Review Questions: 24.2

Writing Assignment: Letter

Chapter 25: India  How have Hinduism and Buddhism affected the development of culture in India?  Review Questions: 25.2  5/14
Chapter 26: Pakistan and Bangladesh  How did contemporary Pakistan and Bangladesh form?  Review Questions: 26.2  5/16
Chapter 27: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka  What factors influenced the present-day governments of Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka?  Review Questions: 27.2

Google Slide Project Instructions

Chapter 28: China and Mongolia  China’s one-child policy: Was it a good idea?  3rd SLO  5/20
Chapter 29: Japan  How do ancient and modern traditions influence life in Japan?  Review Questions: 29.2

Writing Assignment 

Chapter 30: North Korea and South Korea How has the decision to divide the Korean Peninsula into North and South Korea affected the development of each country?  Review Questions: 30.2

Writing Assignment 

Chapter 31: Southeast Asia  What are the major physical characteristics of Southeast Asia?  Review Questions: 31.2  5/23
Chapter 32: Australia and New Zealand    Review Question 32.2  5/28
   Test on Ch 19-32  5/29
Cumulative Review What have we learned? Final Exam and ABC Country Book (Final Project)  Period 2 (6/3/19)

Period 4 (6/4/19)