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World Geography A

In World Geography Studies, students examine people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international scales from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography. Students describe the influence of geography on events of the past and present. A significant portion of the course centers around the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment; the characteristics of major landforms, climates, and ecosystems and their interrelationships; the political, economic, and social processes that shape cultural patterns of regions; types and patterns of settlement; the distribution and movement of the world population; relationships among people, places, and environments; and the concept of region. Students analyze how location affects economic activities in different economic systems throughout the world. Students identify the processes that influence political divisions of the planet and analyze how different points of view affect the development of public policies. Students compare how components of culture shape the characteristics of regions and analyze the impact of technology and human modifications on the physical environment. Students use problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and answer geographic questions.

  • Lesson 1: The Basics of Geography: In this lesson, you will learn about the basic studies of geography by examining and creating maps.  You will also learn how the Five Themes of Geography help to explain how the many different aspects of geography are intertwined.

  • Lesson 2: The Physical Geography of the United States and Canada: In this lesson, you will learn about the physical features, climates, and natural resources that make up the North American continent. 

  • Lesson 3: The History and Culture of the United States and Canada: In this lesson, you will learn how the history of the United States and Canada has affected the development of the cultures of the two countries.

  • Lesson 4: The Geography of Latin America: In this lesson, you will learn about the physical and human geography of Latin America.  You will learn how the landforms, climates, vegetation, and natural resources have created a way of life for the people of the region.