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Bryan Phillips » World Geography / Civics (9th Grade), Current Events (7th Grade)

World Geography / Civics (9th Grade), Current Events (7th Grade)

My name is Mr. Phillips and I will be the instructor this year for both Civics / World Geography (9th Grade) and Current Events (7th Grade). I received my undergraduate degree in secondary education with a major in history from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. I have taught in this district for many years, and I am very familiar with the challenges that are present in being a military family. You are welcome to contact me at anytime, as I consider my job in educating your children to be of the utmost importance.
 
 

9th Grade -

Civics (Course Description) -

Civics covers several aspects of government.  It will explore the origins of the American democratic system while looking at how the constitution embodies the values and purposes set up by the founding fathers. The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated. This will launch the class into discussing how constitutional values relate to other nations and world affairs. Throughout the course we will focus on how the people play an active role in government and the importance each citizen contributes to society. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.

Civics (Textbook): Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics. S.l.: Glencoe/Mcgraw-Hill School, 2013.

World Geography (Course Description) -

This course is designed to acquaint the student with fundamental knowledge concerning World Geography. The student will gain understanding of countries, cultures, and political / historical events that have shaped modern geography, cartography, and human interaction with the environment through the movement of people, products, information, and ideas. In addition, the student will learn to utilize geographic technology to map the world around them. Geography technology includes GPS (global positioning system), GIS software (geographic information system), and remote sensing images. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.

World Geography (Textbook)- Boehm, Richard G., and Dinah Zike. Glencoe World Geography and Cultures. New York: McGraw-Hill/Glencoe, 2012. 

7th Grade -

Current Events (Course Description) -

This course is designed to explore topics that are not necessarily part of the regular curriculum and to increase the student's ability to analyze and critically think about the world we live in today. To understand our world, it is vital to understand the people of today's world and their thought processes, which are both based on their prior experiences. Hence, studying, reading, and discussion of history will be an integral part of our daily routine in class. We will use periodicals (newspapers and magazines), documentaries, film studies, and the internet to explore today's world.

The class will be a forum for discussion and an open exchange of ideas and perspectives. Students are encouraged to express themselves in a clam, safe, and open environment. There are many controversial issues in today's world and you may not agree with everything, but students will show empathy towards others and gain a deeper  understanding of those topics.

 

Classes

Recent Posts

Week at a Glance (Feb. 18-22)

Week of Feb. 18th – Feb. 22nd

World Geography

Monday

 

No School

Tuesday

·       Sojourner Essay – “Why I am proud to be an American?”

o   Research

o   Thesis Statement

·        

Wednesday

·       Continue Sojourner Essay – “Why I am proud to be an American?”

o   Thesis Statement

Outline / Rough Draft

Thursday

·       Continue Sojourner Essay – “Why I am proud to be an American?”

o   Outline / Rough Draft

·       Final Draft

Friday

Finish and Submit Sojourner Essay – “Why I am proud to be an American?”

Week of Feb. 18th – Feb. 22nd

Current Events

Monday

 

No School

Tuesday

·       Peer Review – Terrorism Pamphlets

·       Begin Presentations – Terrorism Pamphlet

Wednesday

·       Finish Presentations – Terrorism Pamphlet

 

 

 

Thursday

·       Socratic Seminar – Civil Liberties Versus Civil Rights

·       Assign 500 Word Essay: Does the School violate your civil liberties?

Friday

·       Begin Research for 500 Word Essay

 

World Geography - Week at a Glance (Feb. 11 - 15)

Week of Feb. 11th – Feb. 15th

Civics

Monday

·       Watch – Why religion? Video

·       Socratic Seminar – Religions role within society

·       Work on Country Project

Tuesday

·       Lecture / Discussion – Christianity

·       Begin working on Stain Glass that tells your story here at Patton Jr. High School.

Wednesday

·       Finish work on Stain Glass Story

·       Work on Country Project

Thursday

·       Begin Investigation of Hinduism / Buddhism

·       Video – Celebrations / Holidays

·       Compare / Contrast the two major religions

Friday

·       Finish Compare / Contrast of Hindusim and Buddhism

Week at a Glance - Current Events (Feb. 11-1t)

Week of Feb. 11th – Feb. 15th

Current Events

Monday

·       Finish Terrorism Scenarios w/ Partner

Tuesday

·       Discuss Terrorism Scenario findings

·       Socratic Seminar on Differences between Terrorists and Freedom Fighters

·       Begin Pamphlet of Terrorism Event

Wednesday

·       Research suspected Terrorism Event w/ Partner

Thursday

·       Transfer researched information to Pamphlet Template Provided

Friday

·       Peer Review Templates for further Guidance

·       ***Pamphlet Due Monday***

World Geography - Week at a Glance (Feb. 4 - Feb. 8)

Week of Feb. 4  – Feb. 8

World Geography

Monday

-        Continue Global Warming Video – An Inconvenient Truth

o   Guided Notes

 

Tuesday

-        World Geography Assessment

o   Basic Geography

o   Map Projections

o   Climate Regions

-        Work on Country Project – Human / Environment Interaction

 

Wednesday

-        Finish Global Warming Video – An Inconvenient Truth

-        Finish Global Warming / Greenhouse Effect Worksheet

 

Thursday

-        Pre-test World Religions

-        Introduce World Religions

o   Guided Notes Worksheet

 

Friday

-        Status Check – Human / Environment Interaction (Country Project)

-        Begin Investigation of Christianity

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Feb. 4 - Feb. 8)

Week of Feb. 4  – Feb. 8

Current Events

Monday

-        Begin Presentations for “War on Poverty”

 

Tuesday

-        Finish Presentations for “War on Poverty”

Wednesday

-        Introduction to Terrorism

o   Define the term individually.

o   Define the term in small groups.

o   Define the term as a class.

 

Thursday

-        Investigate Terrorism Scenario using the class definition to determine if terrorism occurred.

 

Friday

-        Finish Terrorism Scenario investigation and turn in.

Civics - Week at a Glance (Jan. 21st-25th)

Week of Jan. 21 – 25th

World Geography

Monday

-        No School

 

Tuesday

-        Map Projections – How do we view the world?

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Wednesday

-        Climates of the Earth

 

Thursday

-        The impact of people on the World

-        Socratic Seminar – Global Warming (Is it real or not?)

 

Friday

-        Begin Video – An Inconvenient Truth (Documentary)

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Jan. 21st - 25th)

Week of Jan 21 – 25th

Current Events

Monday

-        No School

Tuesday

-        Continue working on family budget form

Wednesday

-        Finish family budget form

- Discuss budget limitations based on income

Thursday

-        Begin solving poverty project

 

Friday

-        Continue solving poverty project

World Geography - Week at a Glance (Jan 14th-18th)

Week of Jan 14 – Jan. 18

World Geography

Monday

-        Pre-test World Geography

-        Present Dream Vacation Project

Tuesday

-        Finish Dream Vacation Presentations

-        Begin Basic Geography Notes

Wednesday

-        Finish Basic Geography Notes

-        Discuss Strengths / Weaknesses of Map Projections

 

Thursday

-        Socratic Seminar – Global Warming (Is it real or not?)

 

Friday

-        Begin Video – An Inconvienient Truth (Documentary)

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Jan.14th - 18th)

Week of Jan 14 – Jan. 18

Current Events

Monday

-        Continue working on Immigration Reform

o   Research criteria used for current system to determine if immigrant is admitted.

 

Tuesday

-        Develop practical immigration reform to current system and build google slide presentation for class

Wednesday

-        Begin Presentations on Immigration Reform

 

Thursday

-        Finish Presentations on Immigration Reform

 

Friday

-        Introduce Poverty – Watch Video / Socratic Discussion

World Geography - Week at a Glance (Jan. 7-11)

Week of Jan 7. – Jan. 11

World Geography

 

Monday

-        Introduction to Dream Vacation Project

-        Select Location / Destination

-        Begin PowerPoint / Budget Sheet

Tuesday

-        Create a plan of action of activities for Dream Vacation (Develop list)

-        Track mileage / develop maps of travel

 

Wednesday

-        Begin to establish PowerPoint / Google slide presentation of Itinerary

-        A budget should be close to finished

Thursday

-        Finish Itinerary Presentation and Budget sheet

-        Practice presentation for tomorrow

Friday

-        Present Dream Vacations

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Jan. 7-11)

Week of Jan 7. – Jan. 11

Current Events

Monday

-        Turn in Syllabus

-        Danger of a Single Story (Ted Talk)

-        Weekly News Story #2 Assigned

-        Weekly News Story #1 (Due)

Tuesday

-        Socratic Seminar (Immigration)

Wednesday

-        Virtual Tour Ellis Island

 

Thursday

-        Introduce Immigration Project (Review Current Immigration Policies)

 

Friday

-        Work in small groups to develop new policies / standards for immigration into the United States

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Nov. 26th - 30th)

Current Events

Week of November 26th - 30th

Classroom Activity

Assignment / Homework

Due This Day

Monday

No School

Tuesday

·       Select Event for Terrorism Pamphlet

·       Begin research of event to determine events, attacker, and victims

·       Weekly News Story #6

·       Weekly News Story #5

Wednesday

·       Continue work / Finish Pamphlet for Terrorism Event

 

 

Thursday

·       Begin Presentations for Pamphlet on Terrorism Event

 

Terrorism Pamphlet

Friday

·       Finish Presentations for Terrorism Pamphlet

 

 

Civics - Week at a Glance (Nov 26th-30th)

Civics

Week of November 26th - 30th

Classroom Activity

Assignment / Homework

Due This Day

Monday

No School (Snow Day)

Tuesday

·       Continue working on individual aspects of Political Party Project (Political Platform, Cartoon, Commercial Script, Brochure, Social Media platform, etc.)

 

 

·       Discussion Post #13

·       Discussion Post #12

Wednesday

·       Continue working on individual aspects of Political Party Project (Political Platform, Cartoon, Commercial Script, Brochure, etc.)

·       Debate Questions for Monday distributed for preparation

 

 

Thursday

·       Final Class day to work on project – Due on Tuesday

·       Develop plan of action for News Interview tomorrow

·       Answer Debate Questions

·       Begin Filming Commercial for Political Party

 

 

Friday

·       Conduct News Interview with party representative

·       Continue Preparation for Debate

·       Finish Political Commercial Ad

·       Finish individual assignments for project

 

 

Current Events - Week at a Glance (Nov. 19th - 23rd)

Current Events

Week of November 19th  - 23rd  

Classroom Activity

Assignment / Homework

Due This Day

Monday

·      Socratic Seminar “Terrorism”

– Define it

·      Finish working on Terrorism Scenarios

·      Terrorism Scenarios (If not finished)

·      Weekly News Story #5

Tuesday

·      Discussion – Terrorism Scenarios

·      Assign Terrorism Project – Pamphlet

 

 

Wednesday

No School

Thursday

No School

Friday

No School