Course Overview:

Teacher: Mrs. Sorensen

World History and Geography 30 option consists of 4 projects. Two History projects, or Geography projects can be completed for 3 credits, or the entire course completed for 6. Your average must be over 50% to earn either 3 credits, or the full 6 credits.

Each project is scored out of 100, with 10% awarded for plans. Students must use the Template provided for their plan, and submit it before the finished project for feedback.

This World History/Geography 30 Course is structured around a series of online assignments which will encourage the student to develop:
-greater understanding of historical and Geographical  processes, terms, strategies and happenings
-an increased awareness of how geography and history are significant in your life and form the foundation of who we are as a people, what we have done and where we have done it
-increased skills and understanding of geographical/historical facts and processes
-increased understanding of how interrelated we all are and how what we do on this earth effects us all
-increased comfort with technology

Time Line:

  One semester
Course Objectives: Students will:
Develop understanding and experience in the refinement of basic historical/geographical happenings, processes and circumstances
Develop understanding of historical happenings, the people, circumstances and context
Analyze the factors that contribute to a historical happenings
Develop a greater appreciation of history and
geography and related skills and knowledge
Apply computer skills and processes to communicating their understanding on-line


The understanding of, and value of creative understanding in the human condition cannot be overstated. 
Human societies' survival has depended on the creative solutions of its' members in all aspects of life. 
In today's city based society, almost literally everything we encounter in our day has been created by someone. 
The study of the history and
geography and the creative and innovative solutions this makes possible is essential to a well rounded functioning member of society. 
It is those members of society who can learn from history and apply creativity in their life solutions who will be leaders and a basic historical and
geographical background helps promote that way of thinking. 
Understanding history is as essential as any of the disciplines to success in life


Students must submit  their projects in drop box in Moodle, in the appropriate spot OR submit in hard copy to the office with my permission. Individual projects will be graded and totaled towards the final mark. 
Each project is worth a set amount of marks towards the 100% possible in the course. 
Each project is worth the same percentage other than the introductory lesson.

A student must get over 50% to pass the course, so if only one project is turned in for either course, it is highly unlikely you will pass.
A zero (0) is the absence of an assignment turned in.

Originals must be your own. No plagiarism please, or you will receive a ZERO.  

Late Policy: 

I expect students to make a schedule and make every attempt to stick to it.
Unexpected circumstances may prevent that for some students at some time during the semester. so please
email me if you start to fall behind.

Textbooks and Reference Materials:

Much of the information needed for this course is contained in the course material, or can be obtained on the internet
As it is an internet based course and revolves around an assignment based curriculum, most of what is needed is in the form of time and internet access to do the assignments. 


Level of Difficulty:

I do NOT recommend this option for students who are not self-motivated, and organized.

I do not consider this to be a difficult course and anyone putting in a consistent effort should be successful with the assignments.
Anything less than that will show in your marks. 
Students usually only fail this course if they do not do the work or do it below the expectations of the assignment or their grade level.

Workload Expectations:

Requirements must be followed
Don't submit shoddy work
because you won't get much for it. Remember, you're in the course to learn and  I'll help along the way, but when it's due IT MUST BE YOUR BEST.  
If you have learned and improved you will do OK, but you are marked on how well you understand, and complete the assignments, so if you want a good mark, you will have to earn it.
Best of luck this semester!  


Project Plan Template ( I have provided an example at the bottom in case you need it)


Main Sections or Themes: What are the main things you will be covering? (Be sure to give detail about the person, event, cause, result, etc.)




Sources to be used (Internet: give web sites you have visited so far, and search key words you plan to use). If you plan to use anything other than the Internet, please include the name and author of the book, magazine, etc.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT use Wikipedia as your only main source.

How I will set up and present the project (be as organized as possible): (power point with approximately how many slides, maps, word documents, etc.) Best marks will be given for greater detail


How I will get the project to my teacher: (dropbox, email, in person, fax, web site, etc.)


Estimated date of completion:




Project Plan Template

Course: Geography 30

Project: 1 Country of Origin (Germany)

Main Sections or Themes: What are the main things you will be covering? (Be sure to give detail about the person, event, cause, result, etc.)

1. main history of the country (re-unification of Germany under Bismarck, Germany's involvement in WWI, WWII, and how it has evolved after WWII).

2. geography (regions, climate, populated areas, mountain ranges, Autobahn, proximity to other European countries)

3. cultural, language and religious groups (minority groups within Germany, immigration patterns, main languages spoken, foods, fashion, main religious affiliations)

4. Political system of Germany - main leaders, voting system, style of government, etc.

5. Famous Germans - Bismarck, Hitler, famous composers

Sources to be used: I will mainly search the Internet, using key words such as German history, German political system, famous Germans, German foods, German religions, etc. Sources I have already found that appear to be userful are:

How I will set up and present the project: I will present most of the project as a power point, but will also have a fake interview in Word, and a brochure in Word.

How I will get the project to my teacher: I will place the three parts in the drop box.

Estimated date of completion: September 30th.






Other Resources


Power Point Instructions


1.  Their (possessive)                            Their problem, their car
     There                                              There is a problem, Over there
     They’re (contraction)                       They’re going, too.  (they are going, too)

2.  To (prep.)                                       I am going to the store.
     Two (number)                                 There were two stories told.
     Too                                                 I have too many samples.  I am going too (also).

3.  Proper nouns need capitals!           China, Liberal Party, Fred Flintstone

4.  Definitely, not defiantly!                    I definitely believe that cars are great.

  1. Use periods, not commas, to end sentences.  Don’t make run-on sentences that go on forever. 
  2. Use commas, not periods, to put thoughts together with “joiners” like however, but, and, while, etc.

Bibliography Format

When assembling a final bibliography, list all sources (texts, articles, interviews, videotapes, and so on) in alphabetical order by authors' last names.
Here are suggested citation formats:


                     Online Resources

                     World Wide Web:
                     URL (Uniform Resource Locator or WWW address): author (or item's name,
                     if mentioned), date.

                     EXAMPLE: (Boston Globe's www address)                      
                    Today's News, August 1, 1996.

                     Author of message. (Date) Subject of message. Electronic conference or
                     bulletin board (Online). Available e-mail: LISTSERV@ e-mail address

                     EXAMPLE: Ellen Block, (September 15, 1995). New Winners. Teen Booklist
                     (Online). Helen


         For a book:
                     Author (last name first), Title of the book. City: Publisher, Date of publication.
         EXAMPLE: Dahl, Roald. The BFG. New York. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982.


                     For an encyclopedia:
                     Encyclopedia Title, Edition Date. Volume Number. Article Title in Quotations,
                     page numbers.
                     EXAMPLE: The Encyclopedia Brittanica, Volume 7, "Gorillas," pages 50-51.

                     For a magazine:
                     Author (last name first), "Article Title." Name of magazine. Volume number,
                     (Date): page numbers.
                     EXAMPLE: Jordan, Jennifer, "Filming at the Top of the World." Museum of
                     Science Magazine. Volume 47, No. 1, (Winter 1998): page 11.


                     For a newspaper:
                     Author (last name first), "Article Title." Name of newspaper, city and state of
                     publication. (date): edition if available, section and page number(s).

                     EXAMPLE: Powers, Ann, "New Tune for the Material Girl." The New York
                     Times, New York, NY. (3/1/98): Atlantic Region, Section 2, page 34.


                     For a person:
                     Full name (last name first), Occupation, Date of interview.

                     EXAMPLE: Smeckleburg, Sweets. Bus driver. April 1, 1996.


                     For a film:
                     Title, Director, Distributor, Year.

                     EXAMPLE: Braveheart, Dir. Mel Gibson, Icon Productions, 1995


                     Disc title: Version, Date. "Article title," pages if given. Publisher.

                     EXAMPLE: Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia: Macintosh version, 1995.
                     "Civil rights movement," p.3. Compton's Newsmedia.


                     Magazine article:
                     Author (last name first). "Article title," Name of magazine (type of medium).
                     Volume number, (Date): page numbers. If available: publisher of medium,
                     version, date of issue.

                     EXAMPLE: Rollins, Fred. "Snowboard Madness." Sports Stuff (CD-ROM).
                     Number 15, (February 1997); pp. 15-19. If available: SIRS, Mac,. version,
                     Winter 1997.


                     Newspaper article:
                     Author (last name first). "Article title." Name of newspaper (Type of
                     medium), city and state of publication. (Date): Edition if available, section
                     and page number(s). Available: publisher of medium, version, date of issue.

                     EXAMPLE: Stevenson, Rhoda. "Nerve Sells." Community News, (CD-ROM),
                     Nassau, NY. (Feb 1996): pp. A4-5. Available: SIRS, Mac. version, Spring