Mr. White's Western Hemisphere Class

I used to think that "those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it." Now, I realize only the people who learn from history avoid repeating it. I hope that this year you will not only study history, but learn from it.

We will be studying the Western Hemisphere which includes North America, The Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Geography and culture will be our main objective, but the study of history will play an important role.

Because our subject is so vast, this year will be a taste of the many interesting events, places and cultures that can teach you important lessons.

The first quarter will be about Geography and the tools used to organize and study the world around us.

The second quarter will be the Geography, Culture and History of Canada, our neighbor to the north.

The third quarter will be an overview of latin America including Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

The fourth quarter will be a more in depth study of specific countries in latin America.

Each day the homework will be posted in the class news section of ParentConnect. Some worksheets and the ISN table of Contents will  be on the website.

Table of Contents Unit one : Chapter 1&2

P.1 Pre: Lost, Lat and Long worksheets

P.2 Notes: Five themes; 1.1 key terms

P.3 Pre: Distortion; GVOC test

P.4 Notes: Projections and Key terms; MM Rose, Grids

P.5 Pre: Sketch, Pro: DOGSTAILS MAP


P.7 Pre: Favorite Season; Pro: What are the tropics

P.8 Notes: Illustrated Vocabulary; 1.2 questions, Key terms

P.9 Pre: BK Earth's Layers

P.10 Notes: Earth's Layers Illustrated Vocabulary

P.11 Pre: Landforms

P.12 Notes: P.35-39 Miniprojects

P.13 Pre: Favorite Weather

P.14 Notes: Key Terms/Vegetation Map

Bonus Point Excursion

 To earn bonus points that will be applied to the Homework&Participation category of the grade, you can complete one Bonus Excursion per quarter. The purpose of this is to reward you for learning on your own by doing something new.

All you need to do is participate in an activity new to you for at least 30 minutes. You can do just about anything, but you might want to check with Mr. White before you spend any money or too much time.

When you have completed the activity you will need to RAP these questions:

1. What was your activity and how would you describe it?

2. What difficulties did you experience while trying to complete this activity?

3. What did you learn from this activity?

4. Why would you recommend or not recommend others to complete this activity


Possible Activities:

  • Listen to classical music on the radio
  • Eat at a privately owned ethnic restaurant (no chains or franchises)
  • Visit a museum, gallery, or historical building
  • Interview a person over the age of 80 (ask at least 5 questions)
  • Hike a new trail
  • Try a new Sport
  • Try a new instrument
  • Ask Mr. White