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Welcome to Middle School Geography of the World - Have Fun With That!

Modern Geopolitics 1: Read & Discuss "Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall

Darby Kennedy, MA
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(115)
In this 12-week, homeschool-friendly course, students will learn about the role that geography plays in modern geopolitics using the award winning book, "Prisoners of Geography."

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
Students will develop historical interpretation skills, refine critical thinking skills, and gain a deeper understanding of why it is important to study the way the world works. Guided reading of non-fiction encourages study skills that can lead to greater reading comprehension. Class discussion promotes good communication skills, and encourages mutual respect for people with different opinions. 
I have a BA in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education and a MA in American Studies. I have over 10 years of experience teaching high school and college students social studies and critical thinking skills, and have been developing curriculum for homeschooled students for the last 7 years. I am currently serving as an Education Ambassador for the Council on Foreign Relations. My expertise in teaching is in helping students see the many ways that history, geography, politics, and economics intersect. 
Homework Offered
Homework will include reading a chapter of the book, plus an additional 1-2 articles and/or short videos. Students can access the materials through print, ebook, audiobook, text-to-voice reader, or having someone read aloud to them. Book chapters range between 25-35 pages long. Additionally, students are expected to answer assigned comprehension and opinion questions to prepare for class discussion.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
All students will be provided with a summary of topics covered and skills practiced. A student can be assigned a grade if desired. Grades will be based on the quality and depth of class discussion and written answers to comprehension and opinion questions.
Grades Offered
0Students must have their own copy of "Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall, widely available in multiple formats online for $3-$20.
The study of geopolitics is full of potential controversy. In my classes, I welcome civil, informed discussion based on non-biased sources. 
Some of the sources used to inform this class include:

Al Jazeera,
Council on Foreign Relations,
Haass, Richard. The World: A Brief Introduction, Penguin Books, New York, 2021. 
Marshall, Tim, et al. Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps. The Experiment, 2021. 
Marshall, Tim. The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World. Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2022. 
“News- Latest International News.” Euronews, 
“Our World, Explained.” Vox,
“The Associated Press.” Associated Press, 
“World News | Latest Top Stories.” Reuters,

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(115)
Hello! I am a longtime teacher and a lifelong learner. I am passionate about helping middle and high school students find meaningful connections within the social studies. I strongly believe that learning happens more easily when students see how... 
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for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
55 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-18
2-9 learners per class

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