By Tuesday, March 27, 2018, TWO topical essays from the following three 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 discussed 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.”

Use footnotes and create a bibliography.

Do not use Wikipedia as your only source of information. Always check other verified sources to confirm information. This is basic academic research. List them in your bibliography and footnotes.

Do not cut and paste from electronic sources (it is so evident to the reader). Use your own words and phrasing.

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 of text. Maps/illustrations and bibliographic entries 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.

Neatness counts. Presentation matters.


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.

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 15, 2018.

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 15.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.
Last updated January 29, 2018 .