World Geography and Cultures (First Semester)

From: $110.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 6th-10th

Live class: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Course dates:August 27th – December 17th

Price: $299

Instructor: Nate Gilbert

Instructor email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

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Would you like to travel to many countries and see the world while enjoying the comforts of your own home? If so, you have come to the right course! This course is structured in such a way to introduce the general principles of geographic study while regularly diving deep into sundry cultures. This is illustrated by the weekly outline:

Week 1 – Geography and World Overview

Week 2 – Asia Overview

Week 3 – East Asia Focus: Korea

Week 4 – South Asia Focus: India

Week 5 – West Asia Focus: Israel

Week 6 – Africa Overview

Week 7 – Africa Focus: Tanzania

Week 8 – Europe Overview

Week 9 – Europe Focus: Ireland

Week 10 – South America Overview

Week 11 – South America Focus: Peru

Week 12 – North America Overview

Week 13 – North America Focus: Panama

Week 14 – Oceania and Antarctica Overview

Week 15 – Oceania Focus: Papua New Guinea

Week 16 – Review of World Geography

In this class students will learn about the physical world, human interactions with their surroundings, and systems that humans have developed in various regions. Of course, much time will be allotted to the study and understanding of maps (one of a geographer’s primary tools). The course is centered around the six essential elements of the National Geographic Standards that were created by the National Council for Geographic Education. These elements are 1) The World in Spatial Terms, 2) Places and Regions, 3) Physical Systems, 4) Human Systems, 5) Environment and Society, and 6) The Uses of Geography. So, as we move from region to region, students will gain an understanding of key physical characteristics (like landforms and climate) while also exploring the cultures and histories that make people groups unique.

Course Structure

The course includes a weekly live class that will be engaging, with group discussions and plenty of pictures from around the world. Students will have a quiz and various homework assignments to complete during the week, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions. Assignments will include map skills practice, geography activities, and culture studies. There is an estimated 2-3 hours of work per week outside of the live class. Recordings are soon available after each class for review or catch up work.

Who should enroll?

This course is designed to fulfill the typical requirements of a middle school / high school geography course.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Since there will be map activities, students may be asked to scan or take pictures of certain assignments for submission.

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive comments and individualized feedback on their assignments via Canvas. Work will be graded and student questions will be addressed in a timely manner.

Communication

Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class. I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email to students. All parents should join Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parental questions.

 

Required Texts

No textbook is required, but students should have access to a quality atlas, such as the Atlas of World Geography by Rand McNally (ISBN:0528017896).

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Instructor Bio

Nate Gilbert

Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history, government, and economics. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and at some local schools. He now focuses on utilizing his passion for social studies to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.

Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading philosophy books, playing with his children, and outside activities. As a family, the Gilberts are involved in their local community and church fellowship.

Email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

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