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Human Geography

Erin Lavonne Bennett
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This online course contains 20 weekly modules and takes a thematic approach to geography.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 11
Follows College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum
Aligned with National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
8 units//26 lessons//20 Weeks
Unit 1Unit 1: Thinking Geographically
1 lesson1 Week
Unit 1: Thinking Geographically
 Week 1
Lesson 1
🗺️ Maps & Geospatial Technologies
Understanding the world through the eyes of a geographer.
Unit 2Population & Migration Patterns and Processes
6 lessons3 Weeks
Population & Migration Patterns and Processes
 Week 2
Lesson 2
🌎 Population Part 1
Population Trends and Demographics
 Week 3
Lesson 3
📈 Population Part 2
The Demographic Transition Model
Lesson 4
👶🏼 Population Part 3
Population Theory
 Week 4
Lesson 5
✈️ Migration Part 1
The movement of people across geographical boundaries, involving factors such as push and pull factors, patterns, and impacts on both origin and destination areas.
Lesson 6
🗺️ Migration Part 2
Dive into Wilbur Zelinsky's Migration Transition Model, an insightful framework that links migration patterns to demographic changes.
Lesson 7
🌎 Migration Part 3
Urbanization takes center stage as we examine its role in shaping migration trends and demographic changes across the globe.
Unit 3Cultural Patterns and Processes
5 lessons4 Weeks
Cultural Patterns and Processes
 Week 5
Lesson 8
💛 Pop vs. Folk Culture
Examine the heart of communities, traditions, and the dynamic evolution of what we define as 'culture.' 
Lesson 9
🛍 Cultural Diffusion
See how elements of culture spread throughout the world and time.
 Week 6
Lesson 10
👄 Language
Uncover the intricate ways in which language shapes our understanding of the world and is shaped by it in turn.
 Week 7
Lesson 11
⛪️ Religion
Examine the intricate ways in which faith shapes identities, landscapes, and cultures across the globe.
 Week 8
Lesson 12
🌎 Ethnicity
Explore the definition of ethnicity, how it differs from race, and why understanding these concepts is key to comprehending the diverse tapestry of human society.
Unit 4Political Patterns & Processes
3 lessons2 Weeks
Political Patterns & Processes
 Week 9
Lesson 13
🏛️ Political Geography Part 1
Understand the principles of self-governance and the legal and political autonomy that define state sovereignty.
 Week 10
Lesson 14
🤝 Political Geography Part 2
Analyze the forces that shape nations and their relationships.
Lesson 15
🌐 Political Geography Part 3
An insightful exploration of the geopolitical landscape.
Unit 5Agriculture & Rural Land-Use Patterns & Processes
3 lessons2 Weeks
Agriculture & Rural Land-Use Patterns & Processes
 Week 11
Lesson 16
🌱 Agriculture Part 1
Dive into the rich history of agriculture, where we trace the roots of farming back to its earliest days.
 Week 12
Lesson 17
🚜 Agriculture Part 2
Explore the diverse methods of farming that sustain populations across the globe.
Lesson 18
🌾 Agriculture Part 3
Dive into the complex world of commercial agriculture and agribusiness.
Unit 6Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes
4 lessons4 Weeks
Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes
 Week 13
Lesson 19
📊 Development Part 1
Explore various measures of development and learn how these metrics provide a deeper insight into the well-being of populations around the globe.
 Week 14
Lesson 20
🚀 Development Part 2
Explore Wallerstein's World Systems Theory, which classifies countries into core, semi-periphery, and periphery categories, offering insights into the global economic structure.
 Week 15
Lesson 21
🏭 Industry
Examine the transformative era of the Industrial Revolution, uncovering how it reshaped societies and economies worldwide.
 Week 16
Lesson 22
🔥 Energy & Resources
Examine the pressing sustainability issues our planet faces, including pollution and climate change.
Unit 7Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns & Processes
3 lessons3 Weeks
Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns & Processes
 Week 17
Lesson 23
🏙️ Urban Geography Part 1
Dive into the study of cities and urban areas, examining how they develop, function, and influence the world around us.
 Week 18
Lesson 24
🛣️ Urban Geography Part 2
Confront the issue of sprawl, examining its effects on cities and their inhabitants.
 Week 19
Lesson 25
🚎 Urban Patterns & Processes Part 3
Dive into the heart of New Urbanism, exploring its principles aimed at creating walkable, mixed-use communities that foster a closer-knit urban life.
Unit 8Cumulative Review & Final Assessment
1 lesson1 Week
Cumulative Review & Final Assessment
 Week 20
Lesson 26
Cumulative Review & Final Exam
Review & summative assessment worth 20% of final grade in the class.
  • Students will understand the characteristics of urban areas and the factors that lead to urbanization. They will analyze the challenges and opportunities presented by urban living.
  • Students will learn about different factors that influence population growth and decline. They will explore reasons why people migrate and the impact of migration on societies.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe the major types of maps and their purposes. They will understand basic geographical terms and concepts such as location, place, scale, space, and region.
  • Students will investigate various cultural practices and how they shape human interaction with the environment.
  • Students will understand the concept of nation-states and the significance of borders. They will explore how political boundaries affect people and places.
  • Students will learn about different types of agriculture and how they vary by region. They will explore the impact of agriculture on the environment and human societies.
  • Students will explore how different regions of the world develop economically. They will understand the factors that contribute to economic disparities between regions.
  • Students will develop skills in reading and interpreting maps, graphs, and charts. They will practice using geographic tools and technologies to analyze data.
College Board official training and certification to teach AP Human Geography, 2015
Currently hold a professional NC teaching license/certificate for secondary social studies (grades 6-12)
Taught public high school AP Human Geography 2015-2018
ME in Educational Technology
BA in History
BA in Psychology
Homework Offered
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Unit quizzes (80% of class grade) that offer instant feedback and final scores. A final exam at the end of the course is worth 20% of the final letter grade.
Grades Offered
The final grade for the class is 80% the weekly quiz average and 20% the final exam. They will get a certificate of completion with a letter grade at the very end of the course.
 1 file available upon enrollment
All curriculum will be supplied by the instructor
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. Culture is firmly embedded into each chapter of the class. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. This will better prepare students to become productive citizens in a growing and complex society. Historical information serves to enrich the analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

The class will utilize the following third-party resources:
- Edpuzzle for interactive multimedia videos. (Note that students will need to create their own free account) https://edpuzzle.com/
- Instructional resources will be created and organized with Canva and Articulate 360 
https://www.canva.com/   https://rise.articulate.com/
The Cultural Landscape An Introduction to Human Geography 12th edition, James M. Rubenstein
AMSCO AP® Human Geography, 2nd Edition, David Palmer
Summer Institute AP Human Geography training by the College Board, 2015 
AP Central AP Human Geography Course Description, at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-human-geography
Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever, Harm de Blij
21st Century Power of Place Video Series, Annenberg Learner
Joined April, 2023
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Utah Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
Bachelor's Degree in History
Master's Degree in Education
NorthCarolina Teaching Certificate - Secondary Education
Experienced public high school teacher and online course creator | ME in Education Technology | Microcredential in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning | BA in Psychology | BA in History 

My professional experience includes six years as a... 
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26 pre-recorded lessons
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