The test, “Intro to Human Geography” based on Chapter 4 of the textbook is scored and in the grade book for the 3rd six week marking period. This was an open ended test (no answer choices) and most students really stepped up to the challenge. They are climbing a tough hill, but the view from the top will be amazing. A re-test is available for that on Thursday the 17th at 3:45 or by appointment at “homework lunch” before that date. Your student must have completed the “post test analysis” form and bring that with them in order to be eligible to re-test.
We have finally come to the point that we are ready to take on Harm de Blij’s outstanding contemporary analysis of geographic systems and the meaning of globalization, The Power of Place. We will break the book down slowly in class, but my expectation is that students will have done the small chunks of active reading I have assigned on the class calendar. Each day will begin with a reading check. These do not test conceptual ideas, simply content knowledge they will have if they have diligently read and looked up words that they do not know. In class we will break down de Blij’s argument. All the reading checks will be in open ended format as will the culminating test on Chapter One just after Thanksgiving.
Please encourage your student to spend a few minutes with the book each evening and to take active study measures such as outlines, Cornell notes, webbing, reading out loud, flash cards, self quizzes and the like. 10 minutes each day should do the trick.