Required Essays

Due by Tuesday, OCTOBER 30, 2018 but may be handed in at any time prior to the that date without penalty. A lateness penalty as stated below will be assessed. TWO essays from the following 3 topics are to be submitted:

  1. From Chapter 1, you will discuss the contribution to the field of geography or to our knowledge of the world of a noted geographer, earth scientist or explorer not mentioned in class or in the textbook. 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.”
  2. From Chapter 2, you will discuss the relationship of climate change to ONE of the following current events topics:  the spread of disease OR the occurrence of severe weather phenomena OR 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 government agencies and insurance companies. Focus on “people interacting with nature.”
IMPORTANT: 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. Short and long essays will be returned ungraded, as will hand-written essays. Essays handed in late will be penalized with a grade reduction.

Geographic 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 chapters 4-12. Just one discussion point may be selected from each TG box for the chapter selected. 

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

NOTE: You may substitute a third essay from Section 2 above for one TG essay.


No Extra Credit Essays will be accepted after Dec. 11th.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.
Last updated August 24, 2018 .