GEOG406 (explained on pages xxx-xxxi) 

“Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not...I am the earth in the palm of your hand."  Beryl Markham

"What good are forty freedoms without a blank space on the map?"  -Aldo Leopold

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.  You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water."  -James Michener

"All about us we saw cities and villages built in the water, their great towers and buildings of masonry rising out of it…When I beheld the scenes around me I thought within myself, this was the garden of the world."   
Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Spanish conquistador

"To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French."  -Madeleine Albright

27-28 November: Introduction to the major themes and geography of the unit.  From our regional perspective – we will consider the question - What is "Western Europe?"  Complete unit regional organizer.  Text pages 288-303.  HW 

November: Mapwork – physical/ political.

November:  Listening/Reading in class – European Union – “Europe’s Big Gamble.”  Questions and writing related to regional themes.  Some other media considered in addition to the variety of readings.    Consider this website:

1, 4 December:
British Isles section (pages 305-309) As class begins, we will consider how well we know some of the most famous landmarks of this area (“Look kids…”) and the language we call "English."  Complete reading guide. HW

5-6 December
Discuss the two Irelands, pages 315-317.   We will always consider the themes of geography at work.  Conflict will also be a topic of discussion in class.  Complete reading guide. HW

Discuss the Nordic nations, pages 318-321, theme of region, and the characteristics of a place. Complete reading guide.

France section will be covered with guided reading/working with maps.  (pages 325-330.)    

11-12 December:
Discuss Germany on pages 331-335.  We will consider the German Reunification, physical regions of Germany, and global economic power.  Watch portion of video segment regarding the two “Berlins” outside of class.  Power of Place video.

December:  Unit Four Map Quiz (3 parts.)  Maps due – project grade. Q, P  Map practice.

14 December:  Western Europe Test T

You must:  

  1. Recall these terms in the context of the unit:  

     Industrial Revolution, North European Plain, euro, Loch Ness, peat, blight, moor, fjord, geothermal energy, mixed economy, dialect, reparation,  Impressionism,  nationalize, recession, European Union (Top Four producers), tertiary economic activity, marine west coast climate, Mediterranean climate, North Atlantic Drift, Thames River, Rhine River, Importance of years:  1961, 1989, 1990

  2. Recall and recognize specific locations in Western Europe like landforms, bodies of water, capitals, and nations. Mountain ranges, types of islands – formation, map reading. 

  3. Describe the physical characteristics of the region (main mountains, climate regions, islands, island groupings, differences between the northern ranges and southern ranges, impact on the climate of the region)

  4. Explain how the physical geography has affected the human geography of  Western Europe (The continent of Europe is sometimes called “a peninsula of peninsulas” – how has this impacted the history and settlement patterns?  How might the location of these nations be connected to their conquest of overseas empires? How has it influenced the climate of the region?)
  5. Demonstrate the Five Themes by providing lengthy illustrations or examples from Western Europe. (Describe significant events and developments in the history of Western
  6. Europe; compare climate regions in Western Europe. What are the ways in which Scotland and Wales have kept their cultural identities somewhat distinct from English culture?)
  7. Apply geographic generalizations and conclusions to actual social problems (What are sources of conflict in Ireland? Have peace efforts been successful? What are some of the challenges regarding Turkey becoming part of the European Union?  What are some of the demographic changes occurring in Western Europe?  How will this possibly impact the region? )
  8. Identify the major physical characteristics of England; explain why London became one of the world’s greatest commercial and shipping centers.
  9. Describe the physical and cultural characteristics that define the Nordic nations; explain how the Nordic people have used natural resources to pursue a variety of economic activities.
  10. How did coal deposits help make Germany an important industrial power – and change the role of the U.K. in the region and world? Describe how Germany achieved unification in the 1800s and 1900s; Explain how physical characteristics affect Germany’s economy and its pattern of settlement; list the challenges that Germany faces today.
  11. Identify the physical and economic regions of France; explain how changes in government have affected the extent of French territory; explain how language is related to culture in France; describe how economic and social uncertainties affect life in France.
  12. The test will be composed of 50 multiple choice questions - including 10 key terms.  Questions to consider in preparation: How has the E.U. transformed Europe? What challenges still remain in this process? What is Europe? 

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