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The Social Studies 7 Geography course introduces online students to major regions of the world. Special emphasis will be given to physical and human characteristics, as well as social and cultural features of selected countries (United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe). Introduction to mapping and other geography-related skills will be covered, as well as utilization of the national geography standards in practical applications. Participants will use maps and other geographical data to locate, analyze, interpret, and solve geographical problems of a physical nature. Students are required to become involved in geographic education, computer mapping, multimedia presentations and special interest projects throughout semester A. The course is designed to meet and exceed the Pennsylvania state standards. All Pennsylvania Geography standards have been utilized in this course and can be accessed by reviewing the following link: http://www.pde.state.pa.us/stateboard_ed/lib/stateboard_ed/pdfgeography.pdf

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By the end of this course you will be able to:
1. Geographers find relationships between the past and present events, as well as the connections between people and the places that they live. The following questions can be fully answered at the close of this course.
    • Why do geographers study the earth?
    • How do geographers study the earth?
    • How can studying the earth help the environment?
    • How can examining the land help us understand relationships between places, people, and events?
2. Geographers recognize how and why places change over time.
    • Why should we understand how places change over time?
    • How does technology help us to recognize this change?
    • How have people changed over time?
3. Geographers study and compare/contrast people and places to have a better understanding of the world.
    • Why should we compare and contrast the people and land located on Earth?
    • How are people and place similar?
    • How are people and places different?
    • How does the use of technology help us to examine different people and places?
    • What tools are used by geographers to help with examining people and places?
    • Are there patterns between people and places?
4. Geographers use tool to help them analyze certain land areas.
    • What evidence do geographers collect to aid in conclusion making?
    • How do geographers determine if the evidence is accurate?
    • What types of issues do geographers face as they draw artifacts?
    • What do we learn from this evidence?
5. Geographers make conclusions and generalizations about the information they have gained.
    • Why are making generalizations important in understanding the world around us?
    • How can we use a plethora of sources to make conclusions about an area?
    • Why should we use a plethora of information/tools/artifacts in order to make a conclusion?
6. Geographers gather and interpret information in order to see how people and places shape the world.
    • Why do geographers gather an interpret data to learn about people and places?
    • How do geographers gather and interpret date to learn about people and places?
    • How does technology aid in gathering and interpreting data?
    • Why types of information do geographers interpret?
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