• World Geography 2019-2020

    Coach Barger

     

     

    School Phone Number:  281-641-7128                         Test Make-Ups & ReTest:  Lunch “A” MON, TUES, & THUR

    Email address: robert.barger@humbleisd.net                Tutoring TimesLunch “A” MON, TUES, & THUR

    Website: http://www.humbleisd.net//domain/3489           Remind codes: text @a288778dfh or @h4bkag8 to 81010

     

    Course Description:  World Geography provides students the opportunity to study the interactions of people and their physical environments in the major areas of the world.  Content introduces the students to the world of geographers, their unique vocabulary, tools and methodologies.  Students acquire an understanding of the physical setting of the earth, locate and study different landforms and regions of the world, and learn how people and geography impact each other.  Content offers students the opportunity to put into practice the geographical concepts and skills through critical thinking and applications about the world.  It builds upon what the students have accumulated throughout the social studies program beginning in elementary grade in the Texas and United States history courses. 

     

    Textbooks:

    I have a classroom set of textbooks.  Your student will access the online textbook through my website with their HISD Login. Your student may also request their own personal textbook through our book room.

     

    Materials needed:

    1. Paper
    2. Pens & Pencils
    3. Notebook
    4. Map Pencils (Option to leave in my class all year)
    5. Markers (Optional)

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    Grading Policy:

    1. Test (summative) Grades are 60% of your average.
    2. Daily (formative) Grades are 40% of your average.  

     

    Students will be given 5 scheduled quizzes per unit. These quizzes will align specifically with an assignment the students are given over that unit. The quiz will be 10 questions worth 50 points of a daily work grade, The remaining 50 points will be made up from the corresponding assignment. The students will turn in the corresponding assignment with the quiz on the quiz date.

     

    Example: Students are assigned a map over East Asia on Monday. The quiz over that map is on Wednesday. We will use class time to work on that map assignment on Monday & Tuesday. This allows students time to work on the map for homework if needed. First thing on Wednesday, we will take the map quiz. Once the quiz is completed, the students will turn in the quiz answer sheet and their map assignment. The quiz is worth 50% of the daily work grade and the map assignment is worth the other half of the daily work grade.

     

    Furthermore, students will be allowed to make one 3’x5’ index card with any information from the corresponding assignment to be used as a quiz aide during the quiz. Students will have to evaluate what information they think is relevant from the assignment. Also, these index cards will be turned in for 1 bonus point on that unit’s test. Since there will be 5 quizzes each unit, the student has the ability to earn up to 5 bonus points for each test. Please note that index cards for test bonus points are only accepted if the card was previously turned in to be used on a quiz.

     

    Reassessments of failed tests:

    Once a 9-week grading period, a failed test is eligible for reassessment for no more than a grade of 70.  No reassessments will be administered during class time.  Reassessments will be given in my classroom (Room 2111) during tutoring periods (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday “A” lunch). Students can come view their failed test in a tutoring session before taking the retake to go over the questions they previously missed and then come retake the test in another tutoring session. Students will have THREE lunch tutoring times to make up their failed test. Students will be given their original test grade until the reassessment is completed.  If the student does not complete the reassessment before the week-long period expires, the student will keep their original test grade.  If the student scores lower on the reassessment than the original failed test, they will keep the higher grade.

     

    Late Assignments: 

    Late assignments will be accepted and administered in accordance with the guidelines set by the campus (1 day = minus 20%; 2 days = minus 40%; 3 days = minus 60%; 4 days = minus 80%; 5 days = not accepted).  Most assignments will be turned in at the time of a quiz. If an assignment is not turned in on the due date/quiz date, it will be assessed as a late grade.  If a student is absent, the assignment is due on the day during the tutoring time when the quiz is made up  and will not receive any point deductions.  Please note that a student’s assignment that is late will still be graded for accuracy with the late point deduction.  Example: The student turns in an assignment one day late. The assignment is graded for accuracy and is scored as an 83.  Then, the 20 points are deducted for the late penalty making the grade a 63.

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    Make up Policies:

     

    Make-up tests:

    No make-up tests will be given during class time. All make-up tests will be given in my classroom (Room 2111) during tutoring periods (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday “A” lunch). Students will have SIX lunch tutoring times to make up their missed test upon their arrival back at school. Students will be given the grade of “0” if they do not make up their missed test within the two-week period that encompasses 6 tutoring periods.

     

    Make-up quizzes:

    No make-up quizzes will be given during class time. All make-up quizzes will be given in my classroom (Room 2111) during tutoring periods (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday “A” lunch). Students will have THREE lunch tutoring times to make up their missed quiz upon their arrival back at school. Students will turn in the assignment that goes with that quiz at the time the make-up the quiz is completed. Students will be given the grade of “0” if they do not make up their missed test within the three tutoring periods.

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    Tutoring:

    Tutoring is during the A – Block of the lunch period in my classroom on Mondays & Tuesdays. 

     

    E-mails and communication:

    I e-mail parents of students whom fail tests, miss tests, miss quizzes, & make 100% on tests.  I use the provided e-mail address for the parents/guardians provided to the teachers.  If the wrong e-mail address is in E-School for you, to make sure that I have the proper e-mail address for your family, please send an e-mail to my e-mail address (robert.barger@humbleisd.net).  Please include your student’s name in the e-mail.

     

    I also utilize the website Remind as a notification system for the students of upcoming assignment due dates and tests.  The Remind websites allows me to blind contact groups of students.  It cannot be used to contact your student directly.  I will be notifying all parents through e-mail or at the KHS Open House of how to sign up for this service.

     

    The Remind signup procedure for 1st & 3rd periods is:

     

    Text @bargergeo to number 81010 to receive messages via your cell phone or send a blank e-mail to bargergeo@mail.remind.com to receive message via e-mail.

     

    The Remind signup procedure for 2nd, 4th, & 6th periods is:

     

    Text @bargergeog  to number 81010 to receive messages via your cell phone or send a blank e-mail to bargergeog@mail.remind.com to receive message via e-mail.

     

     

    Course Outline:

     

    1st 9 Weeks                               Unit 1: Introduction to Geography

                                                    Units 2 & 3: Forces of Change, Climate, & Biomes

                                                    Unit 4: Population, Culture, Politics, and Economics

     

    2nd 9 Weeks                              Unit 5: U. S. & Canada

                                                    Unit 6: Latin America & the Caribbean

                                                    Unit 7a: Western, Northern, & Southern Europe

     

    3rd 9 Weeks                              Unit 7b: Eastern Europe & Russia

                                                    Unit 8: Africa South of the Sahara

                                                    Unit 9: Southwest Asia, North Africa, & Central Asia

     

    4th 9 Weeks                               Unit 10: South Asia

                                                    Unit 11: East Asia

                                                    Unit 12: Southeast Asia, Australia, & Oceaniaa