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Grade 8 World Geography

As global citizens, students will apply what they have learned in World Geography 7 to further study the lands, cultures, and political events of today. Their work will culminate in the celebration of the 8th Grade World Fair, empowering them with a better understanding of their personal power and responsibility in today’s increasingly interdependent world.

Throughout the year, students will explore the effect that environment has on lifestyle as well as the cultural and political stories found within Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Special emphasis will be placed on students thinking creatively and analytically about their roles as global citizens. The changing role of today’s governments will be explored. The course will begin with an exploration of prominent world issues (water shortages, climate change, income equity, equal rights, food distribution and others). Next, students will study the Holocaust, in order to prepare for a unit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The causes and effects of the Arab Spring, as well as its implications for the future, will be also discussed. The changing world of Asia will be looked at through a variety of lenses. Finally, before the start of World Fair, students will explore the landscapes, cultures, and areas of progress and struggle found throughout some of Africa. Broad topics will include:

  • Geographical features
  • Governments and militaries
  • Strategies for peace
  • Human rights
  • Economies
  • Impact of technology on social reform
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cultures
  • Environmental issues / solutions
  • National concerns
  • International relations

21st Century Skills

Students will strengthen their abilities and skills through:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communicating
  • Collaborating
  • Designing/creating
  • Questioning
  • Reading
  • Note-taking
  • Journal writing/exploring
  • Essay writing
  • Researching
  • Studying and test taking

They will learn through the use of technology, projects, music, role-plays, debates, artwork and much more.


Trimester grades will include evaluation of the following:

  • Homework
  • Participation
  • Group work
  • February mid-term exam (applies to Term 2 grade and final grade)
  • World Fair (Term 3)
  • Current event assignments
  • Projects
  • Tests and quizzes

Textbooks & Resources

The following resources are used throughout the year for this course:

  • Exploring Our World (Glencoe)
  • Classroom Atlas (Rand McNally)
  • Upfront Magazine (Scholastic)
  • A variety of on-line resources, primary sources and news articles.

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