World geography syllabus


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World geography syllabus

  1. 1. Social Sciences Department SyllabusCourse: World GeographyInstructor: Mr. H. WatsonOffice Hours: M – Th. 9:55 – 10:50 (Period 2 – Planning)Seventh period enrichment: T/Th. 3:30 – 4:30 (By mutual consent or assignment)Telephone: 678-904-5091E-mail: hwatson@techhighschool.orgText: World Geography Today (Holt, Rinehart and Winston 2000). The cost of thetextbook is approximately $65.00. If for any reason the book is lost or damaged, studentswill have to pay restitution to Tech High School.Course DescriptionWorld Geography is a one semester college preparatory course. This course fulfills one ofthe graduation requirements for Social Studies established by the Georgia StateDepartment of Education. The World Geography course provides students with anintroduction to both physical and cultural geography. After an introduction to geography,students study each major region of the world. For each region, students learn about theimportance of the physical geography and its impact on the region’s development.Students study cultural aspects of each region and examine the influence of geography onthe cultural development of each region.Student Expectations 1. RESPECT FOR SELF, OTHERS, AND ENVIRONMENT 2. PUNCTUALITY (To be early IS to be ON time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to your detriment.) 3. PREPAREDNESS – Students must bring all necessary materials (i.e. textbook, notebook, pen/pencil, and paper) for success daily. 4. A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE – (Do the best that you can do in all that you do.) 1
  2. 2. ConsequencesA. Verbal warning and documentationB. Before or after school detention, parent call, and documentationC. Referral to administrationD. Severe Clause*Required Materials • Notebook (spiral, composition, or three ring binder) • Pen/pencil *NOTE – Blue or Black ink ONLY • High-lighter • Textbook (DAILY unless otherwise notedGrading PolicyGrade Determination Weights Grading StandardProjects 25% A 100-90 (Exceeds Standards)Tests 25% B 89-80 (Meets Standards)Quizzes 20% C 79-70 (Needs Improvement)HW/CW 10% F 69-0 (Does Not Meet Standards)Final Exam 20%POLICY ADDEMDUM AND CLARIFICATION1. Progress Reports – Progress Reports will be given to students on the 1st and 15th ofeach month (or closest school-day thereto). They are to be signed by the parent/guardianand returned the next school-day as a homework assignment. These reports serve as acommunication between home and school. One report will randomly be kept by theinstructor for signature verification during parent conferences. Parents are encouraged tomonitor their student’s progress on-line via Infinite Campus or contact me via email atthe aforementioned address.2. Late/Missing Assignments – Students will have twenty (20) days from the due dateto submit any late or missing assignments. ANY assignment NOT submitted within 20days of the due date WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and A GRADE OF ZERO WILLBE RECORDED. (NOTE: No assignments will be accepted two (2) days prior to thefinal exam.) 2
  3. 3. I, the undersigned, have read, understood, and agreed to the aforementioned._____________________________________________________________Student Name (Print) Date______________________________________________________________Student Signature Date_______________________________________________________________Parent Signature Date_____________________________________________________Parent Daytime Phone Number or Cell_____________________________________________________Parent Email AddressMy child has access at home to (check all that apply):___ computer___ printer___ Internet*Please review this syllabus with your parent/guardian and return this page to Mr.Watson. This is your first homework assignment.*Please circle the appropriate class period which you are enrolled. 1 3 4 3