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Geography 8

Ms. Donahue

Room 106

Phone (507) 545-2631 ext. 210

E-mail tinedonahue@deschools.org


Welcome to Geography 8 where we will examine the five themes of geography: Location, Place, Movement, Region, and Human/Environment Interaction. Using the five themes of geography we will learn how to Identify and characterize the different realms and regions of the world; identify differences between a developing country and a developed country; use maps to identify location, climate, vegetation, landforms, and population; and to express an understanding of past and current global issues.


“If you do not know where you are, how will you know how to get to your destination?”

For this class you will need the following supplies:

·         Textbook - this will be supplied.

·         2 Poster boards and 1 trifold poster board

·         Black fine line marker for maps

·         Pen/pencils

·         3 ring binder

·         Dividers for binder

·         Colored pencils

·         Box of Kleenex


All written papers will be turned in using the website Turnitin.com. The Class ID for this site is: ____________________

Enrollment Password: geo8

Classroom Economy

To encourage the study of economics and how it affects our daily lives, we will be using a program called “Classroom Economy” throughout the semester. This will include having jobs, paying bills, and how to responsibly manage your economy within the classroom setting. We will have auctions at the end of each month and welcome donations of small items that the students can bid on.


Your grade will be based on total points earned on tests, quizzes, projects, and assignments. These are the percentages:

A = 100-96%

B = 86-83%

C = 76-73%

D = 66-63%

A- = 95-90%

B- = 82-80%

C- = 72-70%

D- = 62-60%

B+ = 89-87%

C+ = 79-77%

D+ = 69-67%

59% and below = F


The date provided on the assignment is the due date of the assignment. Within 5 days of the due date, a grade or one of the following codes will be entered into the grade book. Until then, the field will be blank. If a project/test has not been completed, an I (Incomplete) will appear instead of a grade until project/test has been completed.

X = Exempt - Indicates that either the student was exempt from the doing the assignment or the student did the assignment but score is not being counted. This will not affect overall grade.

HI = Handed In - The assignment was handed in but is not graded yet. This might appear for larger projects taking longer to grade. This will be replaced with a score once assignment has been graded.

MI = Missing Included - The assignment has not been handed in by the student and is included in the grade as a zero. Once assignment has been has been received, it will be entered in the gradebook. If assignment is not received by the end of the following unit from when it was assigned, it will be changed to a zero.

M = Missing - The assignment has not been handed in yet due to student absence, illness, or other agreement with teacher. Grade is not affected by entry. Once received, appropriate grade will be entered.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date.

The assignments should be placed in the “IN” box for your class.

One “Late Assignment Pass” for semester is provided.  This must be handed in with the late assignment.

Final Exam

A final exam will be given at the end of the course.

·         You will be required to take the final exam if your final grade in the class is C+ or below, and you have incomplete work.

·         If your final grade is a B- or better and all work is completed you do not have to take the final.  For work to be complete, it will have to be handed in at the time of each unit test. You can choose to take the final to improve your final grade.

Excused Absences

You will have two days following the absence to make up missing work for each day absent (for work assigned on day of absence). Assignments that were due when absent, are due upon your return. You are responsible for finding out what you missed and making it up. Check the website for the daily assignment, check the “absent work” box, or ask a friend. Tests must be made up within two days of the absence or an incomplete will be marked until test has been taken. It is your responsibility to arrange to take the missing test before the end of the next unit.


If you are not in class or late to class you will miss out on key information that will affect your grade.  You will be marked tardy if you are not in your seat at the start of the bell.


Inappropriate use of technology will result in a verbal warning the first time technology is not used for school purposes. After the first offense school internet policies and consequences will take effect.

Cell Phones

Should be in your locker and turned off. If you have it in class, it will be taken to the office.


Plagiarism is when you use the work of someone else as your own, whether copying from friends, the internet, or any printed material. You are cheating if you copy someone’s work, or if you are letting someone copy your work. All written papers will be turned in using turnitin.com.

Students found to have cheated on assignments, exams, and/or other course requirements will receive no credit for that assignment or exam.  Reductions or loss of credit due to cheating or plagiarism could result in a failing grade for the course and will be considered a violation of the “Good Standing” eligibility clause (Bylaw 206) of the MSHSL Code of Conduct.

Rules for success:

1.       Be Responsible

·         You and only you are responsible for your actions and the consequences created by your actions.

2.       Be Respectful

·         Respect yourself, your classmates, your teacher, and your classroom and its contents.

3.       Be Prepared

·         Bring pencil, paper, textbook, notebook, and folder to class daily.

4.       Work Hard

·         Be at your desk and ready to work when the bell rings.

·         Bring a positive attitude to class every day!

5.       Know and follow the Dover-Eyota school policies in your handbook.


Come to class and be ready to learn ˜ Do your best work ˜ Keep your mind open to new ideas

Tine Donahue,
Aug 29, 2017, 12:05 PM