2017-2018 Class Syllabus


        World Geography Syllabus


Ted Dydalewicz Jr dydalewicz@wimberleyisd.net

Room 209         Contact Number 512-633-3933 Cell


Course Description:

In addition to exposing students to geographical content, this World Geography course will also train students to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of geographical, historical, cultural, and current events. Students will learn to take notes from both printed materials and lectures or discussions, write essay examinations, and write analytical and research papers. They will be able to express themselves with clarity, precision, know how to cite sources, and finally, credit the phrases and ideas of others.

  1. Analyze the nature of geography in geographic terms
  2. Differentiate between physical and cultural geography
  3. Examine the interactions and locations of a global society
  4. Utilize map reading skills and identify significant places on the earth’s surface
  5. Analyze the human impact on the earth’s physical environment
  6. Describe geographic influences on cultural adaptation, assimilation, and diffusion
  7. Explain the impact of geography on the economic and political systems globally


Major Learner Outcomes:

Students will analyze the major landforms, climates, and ecosystems of Earth and the interrelated processes that produce them. (4a, 4b, 4c)


Students will demonstrate a knowledge of geographical information and present this knowledge in a variety of assessment formats which include essay composition, document analysis, project based research, written test and quizzes, cooperative grouping and decision-making simulations and other performance based activities. (22a, 22b, 22c, 22d, 21b)


Students will be able to assess the role of important individuals, places, and environments by demonstrating their relationships to each other. (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d)


Students will be able to detect the role of cause and effect in understanding historical events and examine their effect on the development of our modern government. (21a, 2a, 2b, 2c)


Students will demonstrate knowledge of current social problems, global economic interdependence, governmental processes, and the characteristics of culture. (13a, 14a, 16a, 17a)


Scope and Sequence

World Geography

1st 6 Weeks

Chapter 1 Looking at the Earth

Chapter 2 A Living Planet

Chapter 3 Climate and Vegetation

Chapter 4 People and Place (culture-population-government-economics)


2nd 6 Weeks

Chapter 27-32 Southeast Asia & Oceania/Buddhism

Chapter 15-17 Russia and the Republics


3rd 6 Weeks

Chapter 15-17 Russia and the Republics

Chapter 18-20 Africa

Midterm Project- Africa Country PowerPoint


4th 6 Weeks

Chapter 5-8 United States and Canada

Chapter 12-14 Europe


5th 6 Weeks

Chapter 9-11 Latin America

Chapter 21-23 Southwest Asia & Middle East (Christianity-Judaism-      



6th 6 Weeks

Chapter 21-23 Southwest Asia & Middle East (Christianity-Judaism-


Chapter 24-26 South Asia (Hinduism)

Final Project- Creating and Plotting the World Map










Current Events:

            This is a social studies class. The news is filled with relevant matters at the international, national, state and local levels. You need to make an effort to be conversant with what is going on and how it relates to the subject we are studying. Please watch one of the news channels on television, listen to a radio news station or read a newspaper or magazine to keep in touch with the events that unfold daily. We will have class discussions and articles periodically given to assess this part of the class.





Grading Criteria:

            Major Assessments:  Tests, Essays and Projects                            60%

            Daily Work:               Class work, Homework and Quizzes           40%


Late Work Policy:

            Work not turned in by the due date will receive a maximum grade of 70 if turned in One class period late; work turned in TWO class periods late will receive a maximum grade of 50, and late work will not be accepted after two class periods.


Make-up Policy:

            Make-up work, due to student absences, is the responsibility of the student. This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining assignments and completing missed class work, as well as scheduling missed projects and tests. Make-up work must be submitted in the appropriate amount of time agreed upon by the instructor.


Retesting Policy:

             World Geography classes has a one retest policy, a student must come in within 3 days of receiving their score to make test corrections. The max grade on a retest is a 70.


Homework Standards:

            All assigned reading and projects are to be done outside of class time. There will be time given in class to work on daily assignments, but if the assignment is not completed in class the work will need to be finished outside of class.