World Studies Class Overview

  •      The History, Geography, Civics and Economics of the World's Eastern Hemisphere is covered in this course. The main units of the course are for the most part, broken up into different regions. They are as follows:

              The Middle East


              North, South, and Central Asia



              East Asia


         Students are given a daily warm-up challenge which they must solve by using a classroom atlas. The challenge has been created by the teacher, Mr. Koops. If a certain number of students (set each day by Mr. Koops - based on difficulty) have all parts of the challenge correct, the class earns the right to view a music video from the region of the world currently being studied. Additionally, students earn an extra credit bingo dot (stamped in their student planner) if they solve the challenge (This encourages daily student planner use).

         At the beginning of each unit, students are given two 11x17 size maps of the region (unit) to be studied.

         Map #1 records the countries of the region. There is a "Country of the Day" that is spotlighted with notes, pictures, discussion, and notes each day. The country is recorded on Map #1. At the end of the unit, students will use the map as a study guide. They will be assessed by naming and placing the correct countries (by memory) on the map.

         Map #2 records significant geographical features of the region. There is a "Feature of the Day" that is spotlighted with pictures and discussion each day. Students record the Feature of the Day on Map #2. At the end of the unit, students will turn in this map for a grade. The map is called the "Geographical Features Map". It has the following criteria for a good grade: Colored, Complete, Precise, and Neat. Students are encouraged to use Map #2 as their blueprint while obtaining a final copy blank map from Mr. Koops. They also can use their imagination and creativity to create their final map. The most impressive maps are displayed in the hallway (with extra credit). The most impressive map will be awarded through student vote (the winning map receives additional extra credit). To add depth of understanding to the map, a summative quiz on the contents of the Geographical Features Map will be given at the end of the unit.

         Students take notes on the "Country of the Day". At the end of the unit, there is a test on the notes. The test is open note. There is a set time to finish the test. Why is the test open note? My thinking is this: Student ability to take notes, hang on to notes, organize notes, and make use of notes is an important inter-disciplinary skill to master. I want to reinforce this skill and I want students to be accountable for the information. I look to minimize rote memorization and regurgitation of facts.

         A weekly homework packet is assigned every Thursday. It is due and graded in class on the following Monday. Students are responsible for making up work that was missed due to absences. They are encouraged to come and see Mr. Koops before or after class or during Academic Enrichment (2:00-2:35). Assignments turned in after the due date will be gladly accepted, but late points will be deducted 20% (50% if the assignment is over 4 weeks late). All assessments and assignments are collected after they are graded in class and returned to students once all students who were absent have taken the test. It is highly suggested that students have a dedicated World Studies notebook and folder.