M/J Geography: Europe and The Americas
M/J Geography: Europe and the Americas takes students on a journey in which they will learn about the physical and human geography of various regions. They will study the history of each region and examine the cultural characteristics of the world in which we live. Students will also learn about the tools and technologies of geography such as globes, maps, charts, and global information systems. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents.
Students will also gain practice in writing and note-taking. They will be asked to create maps, graphic organizers, conduct research, analyze information, and write essays on topics such as current events and national parks.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- Select and use geographic tools to get information and make predictions.
- Compare places based upon their similarities and differences.
- Identify geographic factors that influenced historic events.
- Evaluate the interrelatedness and interdependence of physical and human systems and their impact on our earth.
- Analyze the role played by culture in the spatial organization of the earth.
- Analyze a key geographic concern facing the world, examining both sides of the argument and strategize methods to deal with this issue in the future.
The primary content for this course pertains to the usage of geographic concepts, tools, and skills to draw conclusions about historical physical and human patterns in the regions of Europe and the Americas. The social studies curriculum for this course consists of the following content area strands: World History, American History, Geography, and Economics.