Accelerated Human Geography 10 Course Summary


  • Welcome to Ms. Kallestad's Accelerated Human Geography 10th grade class!

    Course Summary:

    In this one-year course, students will be introduced to the study of geography as a social science by emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems. This course uses a thematic approach and focuses on the following themes: introduction to geography, population and migration, agriculture, natural resource allocation and management, industry and economic development, political geography, cultural geography, and urbanization. Students will evaluate how geography influences decision-making by analyzing case studies and other examples emphasizing human interaction with the environment. Content will incorporate a variety of scales- from local to global.

    Students will also learn holistic learning, intercultural perspectives, and communication models to prepare them for future classes and success in life. Students will be expected to analyze and create maps, research in-depth geographical topics, complete projects, and create in-class presentations and essays. The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile will be followed. Throughout the year, students will work individually and as a group while engaging in real world problems, simulations, readings, document analysis, debates, and journals to help students become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, risk takers, balanced, caring, and reflective.


    Units of Study:

    Unit 1: Thinking Geographically (Introduction and Physical Geography) – Global Context: Orientation in Space and Time

    • How does geography help us to understand our world?


    Unit 2: Population and Migration – Global Context: Identities and Relationships

    • Why do people move?


    Unit 3: Agricultural and Land Use – Global Context: Globalization and Sustainability

    • How do we use land?


    Unit 4: Natural Resource Allocation and Management – Global Context: Fairness and Development

    • How are we responsible for the Earth’s resources?


    Unit 5: Industry and Economic Development – Global Context: Scientific and Technical Innovation

    • How do people solve problems?


    Unit 6: Political Geography – Global Context: Identities and Relationships

    • What happens when people organize space?


    Unit 7: Cultural Geography – Global Context: Personal and Cultural Expression

    • How do “new” ideas change us?


    Unit 8: Urbanization – Global Context: Orientation in Time and Space

    • What are the costs and benefits of living in a city?



    Please access Schoology for course syllabus and grades.