Thursday, December 1, 2011

Extra Credit...

For extra credit, watch a movie that is set in Europe.  It can be modern day or historical.  Any genre of movie is fine, but it can NOT be a rated R movie or an animated movie.

After watching the movie - you will write a paper describing the following aspects of the film:
Location - where is the setting for this film?
Climate - what is the climate like during this film?
Major Cities - what major cities are shown?
Bodies of Water / Rivers - are there any featured or shown?
Mountains - any shown or discussed?
Leaders - any leaders of countries discussed or shown?
Economy - what is the economic situation of the characters in the film?  Is it indicative of the time / place?
What is the premise of the film?
What is the resolution?
For fictional movies: describe the main characters and how their relationship impacts the plot.
For non-fiction movies: how does this event in history impact the continent?
***Due by Friday, December 16***

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011


Required Assignment for Honors World Geography students:
-Purchase and read the book A Walk Across America - by Peter Jenkins
Abe's Books
Amazon Used Books

-Bring your book or receipt of purchase to Coach Smith by Friday, November 18.
***Extra Credit***
Honors students can earn extra credit by creating a poster over a Latin American country.  They must first tell Coach Smith which country they would like to make a poster of - and then complete the poster by November 18.  Contents of the poster must include:
-Name of country
-Major religions
-GDP per capita
-Life Expectancy
-Literacy Percent
-3x5 drawing of flag (in color)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Assignment for 11/7/11 - 11/8/11

Complete the following assignment - bring to class on Wednesday, November 9.  We will take a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  You can look the words up online or borrow a book Tuesday night if necessary.

Vocabulary - Chapter 9, 10, 11
Andes Mountains
Orinoco River
Amazon River
Parana River
Rain Forest
Slash and Burn
Terraced Farming
Spanish Conquest

Informal Economy
Land Reform

Monday, October 31, 2011

Political Maps of Latin America...

South America
Central America

7 Billion...

Today the world recognizes the global population has exceeded 7 billion.  The following two videos from National Geographic give great information into statistics behind 7 billion and what it means for our world.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Extra Credit...

***The following assignment is for extra credit.  You can earn extra points on your final grade - ranging from 1-3 points - depending on the quality of work and depth of your study***

Research one of the following influential Latin American personalities.  Describe in your research paper how this leader transformed their country, culture, or political structure.  Why is this person important - and what is the lasting impact of their legacy?

You must have at least three sources (cited), minimum one page, maximum two pages, typed double spaced (12 font, 1" margins).  Due on Friday, November 4 by the end of 7th period.

Pick any one of the following:
Edison Arantes do Nascimento "Pelé" (1940 - )

Socratic Seminar...

***Honors Students - Required Assignment***
Photo by Randy Olson - National Geographic
Read the following article from National Geographic.  Be prepared to discuss this article in depth (for a test grade) on Friday, November 4.  You will present your questions and discuss the information in a socratic seminar.  Use the resources below to help build your opinion.

Extra Resources:
MNN Article

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Latin America Physical Map

Click here for the Physical Map
Sierra Madre
Guiana Highlands
Brazilian Highlands


Greater Antilles
Lesser Antilles

Bodies of Water:
Gulf of Mexico
Pacific Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea
Lake Titicaca
Gulf of California


Baja California

Rio Grande

Cape Horn
Gran Chaco

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Physical Geography of North America...

The following maps will help you study for the map assignment and quiz over the physical geography of North America:
Check back for more I find them I will post links.

50 States and Capitals...

***Extra Credit***Memorize and perform the 50 States and Capitals song below in class***
This will be due on Friday, October 14

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Socratic Seminar...

Honors World Geography students will participate in a socratic seminar on Friday, September 30.  Please read the following NY Times article and be prepared with your questions and opinions. (Read entire article - you must click on Read More... to get entire article.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


For extra credit, produce a prezi presentation over the landforms you drew on pg. 34-35 of your textbook.  This prezi must include a picture of each landform along with the definition of the word.  This assignment is due by September 16, 2011.  Email a link to your project to

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hubble Space Telescope...

Interesting information about the Hubble Space Telescope.  One of the tools geographers can use to tell us about our world and our universe.

**Extra Credit - Write a one page report on what the Hubble Space Telescope has seen in space, what discoveries we have found from the images captured from its lens.  Be sure to cite sources.**
**Due Friday, August 26, 2011**

Nations of the World...

Courtesy of YouTube / Warner Bros.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Supply List...

Supply list for Coach Smith's World Geography Class (sophomores)

3 ring binder (at least 2”)
Set of tabbed dividers (5)
Set of map pencils (12)
1 Ream of White Paper (500 Pages)
Pencils – Regular #2 graphite
Pen – Blue or Black Ink
Notebook paper (as needed for notes)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Projects...

Students anticipating acceptance into Honors World Geography classes need to finish their projects before the start of school.  Information regarding the project can be found at

The class syllabus and supply list will be posted on August 15.  Please check back for more information at that time.  Have a great summer!