Required Essays

Due no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019 but they may be handed in at any time prior to the due date. A lateness penalty as stated below will be assessed.

Just TWO 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 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.” Do not use Columbus, Magellan, or Da Gama. Consult the “Geography” and “Geographers” entry of any encyclopedia.
  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 governmental agencies and insurance companies. Focus on “people interacting with nature.”

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.


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.

ESSAYS FOR EXTRA CREDIT

Geographic Essays. 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. Only one discussion point may be selected from each TG box for the chapter selected. 

Neatness counts. Presentation matters.

No Extra Credit Essays will be accepted after May 14.
None will be accepted on the day of the final exam.
Last updated January 15, 2019 .