"As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit." ~ Seneca
Our focus in this 6th - 10th grade class is cultures of the world – including current events, religion, food/festivals, art/literature, and ideals held by groups in different regions. We will actually start our class with some physical/political geography before we move to the studies of countries and cultures. The our key word is foundational. Having a grasp of geography – knowing where countries are located – and knowing what is important to the people who make up those political areas will give your student a much better understanding of history and current events. (corresponds to either DOE course code 45.07110 or 45.x920)
In 1994, national standards were developed for Geography when it became apparent that our students were not competitive internationally in this subject. Geography studies the relationships between people, places, and environment by mapping information into a spatial context. There is also a human emphasis â€“ in looking at settlement patterns, global interdependence, economic development, multiculturalism, politics, conflict, and cooperation.
For the class, we will use the textbook: Geography: The World and Its People (isbn 0-02-821485-4 - you can find used copies on Amazon for about $15) published by the National Geographic Society and The Geography Coloring Book (isbn 0-13-101472-2 - you can find it on Amazon for less than $20) by Wynn Kapit.
This class requires much student involvement and participation. The students will choose the chapters that we cover - and the order that we will cover them. There are projects and current event works for each unit - and the students will also bring in food from the countries that we cover. There will also be a number of guest speakers over the year who will discuss with the students what it was like to grow up and live in another country.
This will be a traditional classroom setting with lecture, oral and written exercises, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects. Students should come prepared for class each week with pencil, paper, all homework/reading completed, and ready to discuss the week’s topic.