ESSAYS for FALL 2019


REQUIRED ESSAYS                                                                                                                            

  1. From Chapter 1, you will discuss the contribution to the field of geography or to our knowledge of the world of a noted modern-era geographer, earth/environmental scientist, researcher or explorer who was born after 1750. Focus on the person’s contribution, not the biography and don’t refer to the person by his/her first name - as “Christopher discovered America in 1492.” Consult the “Geography” and “Geographers” entry of any encyclopedia or search engine.
  2. From Chapter 2, you will discuss the relationship of climate change to ONE of the following current events topics: (1) the spread of disease OR (2) the occurrence of severe weather phenomena OR (3) the global food supply. Be specific discussing the example you select. Document facts and opinions of others.
  3. From Chapter 3, you will discuss any ONE natural process and how it is now deemed a “natural hazard” by governmental agencies and insurance companies.
  4. Focus on “people interacting with nature” and discuss a preventative measure espoused by governmental agencies and insurance companies.

Each essay must be typed and have a minimum length of one full page, not counting the restated question and bibliography (1.5 line spacing with 1" margins). Maximum length is two pages of text. Maps and illustrations are additional pages. The bibliography must have at least two sources (not including Wikipedia) to document your information. Footnotes may be added as needed. Short and long essays will be returned ungraded, as will hand-written essays. Essays handed in late will be penalized with a grade reduction.

REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

ESSAYS FOR EXTRA CREDIT                                                                                                                            

You have the option to submit for extra credit a maximum of five analytical essays from the “Thinking Geographically” (TG) section at the end of each chapter. Write on just one discussion point from each TG box for the chapter selected. 

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the “REVIEW & DISCUSSION” section at the end of the chapter.

>> You may substitute a third essay from Section 2 above for one TG essay. <<

Each essay must be typed and have a minimum length of one full page not counting the restated question (1.5 line spacing with 1" margins). Maximum length is two pages.

In the first sentence of each essay, you are to note the textbook edition and the chapter number and summarize the point being discussed.

While this is an opinion piece, you still need to document facts or opinions of others by using a bibliography or footnotes.

See GUIDELINES in the required essay section for focus. Include introductory and concluding paragraphs.

At the end of the semester, each essay deemed "Good for Extra Credit" will earn you one percentage point over and above your final term average of test scores with a maximum of 5 percentage points added to your final term average. For example, if you hand in four acceptable essays, you will increase your final average by 4 points; if you hand in 2 essays you will increase your final average by 2 points.
NOTE DEADLINE: Extra credit essays may be handed in at any time up to May 12, 2020.

It is best to write and submit an essay after you have read the chapter, rather than waiting for the last week of the semester to do prepare them.

Neatness counts. Presentation matters.

No Extra Credit Essays will be accepted after May 12.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.
Last updated March 24, 2020 .