Course Outline

7th Grade World Geography

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Geography is not merely the study of the Earth’s physical features and landscape; it also is the study of people, their culture, and how they vary from one place to the next.

 

This course will study the various aspects of world geography by focusing on Map Skills, the Branches of Geography (Physical, Human, Economic, Political, etc.) and the 5 Themes of Geography (Location, Place, Region, Movement, & Human-Environment Interaction) as we study the geography of the United States, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (a.k.a. the Middle East), South Asia, East & Southeast Asia.

 

All of my world geography classes will follow the same course outline, which is listed below. However, the honors-level class will examine each of the following topics in greater depth than the College Prep classes. The honors class will also be assigned enrichment activities each marking period in addition to having extra requirements on major projects to further their understanding of the topic being studied, and more challenging tests & quizzes.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

***Most Units Will Have an End-of-the-Unit TEST!***

***There will be a MIDTERM Test near the end of the 2nd Marking Period covering information from the 5 Themes, Map Skills, & United States Geography units***

***There will be a FINAL TEST near the end of the 4th Marking Period covering information from the Europe, Africa, & Asian Geography units***

 

5 Themes of Geography Unit (~5 Weeks)

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Introduction to World Geography
    • 5 Themes of Geography (Location, Place, Movement, Region, & Human-Environment Interaction)
    • Branches of Geography (Physical & Human)
    • Professions Requiring an Understanding of Geography

 

Map Skills Unit (~4 Weeks) 

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Making Maps & Map Projections
    • Map Skills Vocabulary
    • Legend, Compass Rose, & Map Scale (Distance)
    • Latitude & Longitude
    • Time Zones
    • Physical Features

 

United States Geography Unit (~5 Weeks)

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of all 50 U.S. States & Capitals (5 Map Quizzes)
    • American Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions of the U.S.
    • Landform Regions of the U.S.
    • Immigration to the U.S.
    • Economic Regions of the U.S.
    • Population Density

 

African Geography Unit (~5 Weeks)

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of African Countries (3 Map Quizzes)
    • African Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions of Africa
    • African Landforms
    • Colonization of Africa
    • African Independence Movements
    • Africa Post-Colonization
    • African Languages
    • African Cultures

  

Southwest Asia / Middle Eastern Geography (~4 Weeks) 

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of Southwest Asian Countries (1 Map Quiz)
    • Southwest Asian Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions of SW Asia
    • Landforms of SW Asia
    • Natural Resources of SW Asia
    • Judaism, Christianity, & Islam
    • Early Civilizations of SW Asia
    • Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

 

South Asian Geography Unit (~3 Weeks) 

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of South Asian Countries (1 Map Quiz)
    • South Asian Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions of South Asia
    • Landforms of South Asia
    • Hinduism & Sikhism
    • The Caste System
    • Colonization of South Asia
    • Independence Movement in South Asia
    • South Asian History Post-Colonization

 

East & Southeast Asian Geography (~3 Weeks) 

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of East & Southeast Asian Countries (1 Map Quiz)
    • East & Southeast Asian Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions of East & Southeast Asia
    • Landforms of East & Southeast Asia
    • Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, & Shinto
    • Monsoons in East & Southeast Asia
    • Colonization of East & Southeast Asia
    • Modern History of East & Southeast Asia

 

European Geography Unit (~5 Weeks)

  1. Topics Studied:
    • Map of European Countries (2 Map Quizzes)
    • European Geography Vocabulary
    • Climate Regions & Landform Regions of Europe
    • History & Culture of West-Central Europe
    • History & Culture of Southern Europe
    • History & Culture of Northern Europe
    • History & Culture of Eastern Europe
    • European Union