The Anthony School

Mrs. Lori McKay
Telephone: 501-351-0001

Course Description:
This class is the study of human interaction with their cultural and physical environments. We will focus on understanding population, political structures, customs, lifestyles, and economics. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, as well as use new technology to uncover the vast and interesting world around us. Physical geography will play a minor, yet important role in this course. In addition, students will be called to problem solve through the use of high-order thinking skills.

Objectives and Knowledge Base:

By the end of the school year, students will be able to:

·      Analyze information about people, places, and their environment by using maps and technology.

·      Analyze information about people and world population

·      Understand the role of culture and customs in the human experience.

·      Understand the role of geography in economic development.

·      Analyze human interaction with their physical environment and one another.

·      Understand local, regional, and global policies from a geographic perspective.

Please note that these objectives may seem broad on paper, but involve a great deal of time and work to study and master all of the components properly and thoroughly. 


Boehm, Richard G., David G. Armstrong, and Francis P. Hunkins.Exploring Our World: People Places and

                  Cultures.Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill, 2010. Print.

The textbooks are a class set and are to NEVER be removed from Mrs. McKay's room without permission.

 Requirements and Grading:

Students will be asked to fully participate in each day’s activities and lessons. Our time will be spent wisely and effectively. Therefore, in order to make the most out of every minute, each student must be present, engaged, and willing to work. Points for assignments, tests, and projects will be noted well in advance and scoring rubrics will be used when applicable. Late work will result in a 10% deduction for each day it is late up to 5 days. After 5 days, the assignment will not be accepted. In the event of an excused absence, a student will be given an equal amount of time to make up their missed work without any penalties (i.e. if a student is sick for 2 days, they have 2 days after returning to complete missed work. Please note these are DAYS, not class meetings). This late work policy is subject to change as the year progresses.

We will do a weekly assignment of current events that will be explained further as the class unfolds.

Attendance and Classroom Etiquette:

Attendance in class is essential to doing well in this course. Students are expected to arrive on time with all materials needed. If an absence is known prior, please let me know. In the event of an unknown absence, the student is responsible for obtaining missed work and notes by checking with peers, TAS website and the class website. Tardiness will result in poor learning. Please make every effort to get to class before it starts. Detention is assigned to those students who are tardy a total of five times, as denoted in The Anthony School student handbook.

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. All sources, including information gathered on the Internet, must be correctly cited. All work must reflect your own ideas, opinions, and efforts. Plagiarism is considered any violation of this.Anyone who is involved with cheating or plagiarism will not be given credit for that assignment and proper disciplinary actions will be taken. DO NOT CHEAT OR PLAGIARIZE!

Classroom Rules:

My rules are very basic, yet cover all that needs to be done. Following these rules will ensure a safe, productive learning environment for everyone. Disobeying these rules will result in proper disciplinary actions.

1.           RESPECT all people and property.

2.          COME to class on time and ready to learn.

3.         BE PREPARED with all materials.

4.         BE ATTENTIVE to the class and lesson at hand (i.e. NO cell phone use).

5.        OBEY all school policies and rules.


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