ESSAYS for FALL 2019
- Both required essays must be submitted for grading. Missed essay(s) will earn zero (0) points and will be included as such in your term average.
- They are due no later than Friday, April 17, 2020 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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” 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:
- Use footnotes where appropriate and create a bibliography of source material at the end of each essay.
- 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. Never rely on just one source of information.
- A minimum of two sources are needed - NOT counting Wikipedia.
- Start with an introductory paragraph to tell the reader what you are doing and why you selected the topic.
- End with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the body of the essay and does not contain any new information.
- Do not cut and paste from electronic sources or retype without citation (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.