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Grade 9 Honors Geography



Ms. Lussier    Room 312 email:  612-668-1963


School’s Mission Statement:  The Patrick Henry Community is committed to providing academically challenging programs which teach students to act responsibly, reason effectively, and contribute to a changing society.

Course Description

Geography has become an increasingly important topic in our ever shrinking world. Just as we must know and understand our own culture and nation, we must also have an unbiased understanding of other nations and cultures to function in a multicultural, global environment.


This year in Social Studies 9th grade students will be studying Geography.  We will be using the Textbook, Geography Alive! Regions and People. (Teachers’ Curriculum Institute) 


IB Mission Statement/IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate offers challenging programs that develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

This is an international program that aims to encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The Learner Profile is addressed in all IB classes, and is integral to the program philosophy of developing the whole student. IB programs promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.


IB learners strive to be:

Ø      Inquirers

Ø      Knowledgeable

Ø      Thinkers

Ø      Communicators     

Ø      Principled  

Ø      Open-minded        

Ø      Caring

Ø      Risk-takers

Ø      Balanced   

Ø      Reflective


If you would like more information on the IB Learner Profile, please visit the IBO website at




Course Calendar


Quarter I:  Introduction to Geography and North America

  1. Introduction to Geography and Geography Skills
  2. Canada and the United States Mapping Lab
  3. Settlement Patterns and Way of Life in Canada
  4. Urban Sprawl in North America
  5. Migration to the United States: the Impact on People and Places
  6. Resource Consumption in the USA: The Cost of Living Well

Quarter II:  Latin America and Europe

  1. Mapping Lab: Latin America
  2. Spatial Inequality in Mexico City: From Castles to Cardboard
  3. Dealing with Extreme Weather: Hurricanes in the Caribbean
  4. Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest
  5. Life in the Central Andes: Adapting to a Mountainous Region
  6. Mapping Lab: Europe and Russia
  7. Supranational Cooperation in the European Union
  8. Population Dilemmas in Europe
  9. Invisible Borders: Transboundary Pollution in Europe

Quarter III:  Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia

  1. Mapping Lab: Africa
  2. The Nile: A Journey from Source to Mouth
  3. Life in the Sahara: Adapting to a Desert Region
  4. Nigeria: A Country of Many Cultures
  5. Mapping Lab: Southwest and Central Asia
  6. Oil in Southwest Asia: Impacts of a Valuable Resource

Quarter IV:  Monsoon Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica

  1. Monsoon Asia
  2. Bangalore: India’s Silicon Valley
  3. Population Density in Japan: life in a Crowded Country
  4. The Athletic Shoe Industry in Indonesia: What does it Cost to Make a Sneaker?
  5. Oceania and Antarctica


Grading Scale – The total points you earn in a quarter are divided by the total points available in a quarter to determine your final percentage.

Ø      100-93 = A

Ø        92-90 = A-

Ø        89-87 = B+

Ø        86-84 = B

Ø        83-80 = B-

Ø        79-77 = C+

Ø        76-74 = C

Ø        73-70 = C-

Ø        69-67 = D+

Ø        66-64 = D

Ø        63-60 = D-

Ø        59-0   = F


Ø      Extra Credit is available and student generated extra credit opportunities are encouraged. Credit is determined on a case by case basis.


Class Policies/Expectations

Ø      We will follow the attendance and tardy policies as outlined in the student planner.

Ø      Follow all school rules.

Ø      School-wide behavior expectation regarding language, cell phones, electronics, dress code, food and academic honesty will be enforced in this class. We will follow the policies set out in your planner.

Ø      Students are allotted three passes per quarter.

Ø      Come to class on time everyday.  Late students must have a late pass in order to enter the classroom.

Ø      Bring all necessary materials to class every day:  Textbook, notebook, pen/pencil, warm-up folder.

Ø      Come to class prepared to learn and ready to work hard.   Be your best and always do your best.

Ø      Turn in assignments on time.

Ø      Your work should be your work and not copied or completed by someone else.

Falsified work will not be accepted and result in zero points for that assignment.

Ø      Be respectful towards yourself, others and property.  Clean up after yourself.


Each student will check out a Geography textbook from the Media Center that s/he will use for the entire school year.  Each student will also have a student notebook that contains activities related to the different chapters in the textbook.  It is absolutely essential that if a student takes a book home s/he bring it back to class everyday for use in the classroom.  Each student is responsible for the return of the book at the end of the year or before he or she leaves our school.  It is the responsibility of the family to replace or cover the cost for replacement if the book is lost or stolen.




Be in class on time with all materials and sharpen your pencil before class starts.

Every day you will have a warm-up on the board or overhead.  I expect you to start on this assignment at the beginning of class each day.  All of the warm-ups must be kept together in a folder.  It is extremely important that you keep these together and complete them every day.  You will have a quiz based on your warm-ups every two weeks.


Missed Work Due to Absence:            

Make up work due to an absence is your responsibility as a student.  Please come to me to collect missed work.  I will not track you down to give you assignments. 

An assignment due on the day a student is absent will be due the day the student returns to school.


Late Homework:

Late homework will receive a grade reduction if turned in after the due date.  

Late assignments will not be accepted after 1 week from the due date. 

Late homework may not be corrected as promptly as homework turned in on time.

Late homework might be lost since it is not with the rest of the homework assignments.







Please cut off bottom portion,  sign and return to Ms. Lussier ASAP


I have read the syllabus for Geography and agree to support my child to be successful in this course.   ______________________________________________        __________________________________________  

(parent/guardian signature)                                                                     (student’s first and last name) 

 Date:  _____________________                                           Class Period:  _________


(By signing and returning the bottom portion of this syllabus your child will earn 10 points to start the school year)