Humanities 8

Course Description

For this course students will be encountering and interacting with the world using spatial terms to better understand the human experience. Each unit lasts four weeks with each week of that unit focusing on a different region of the Earth. In order to successfully complete this course, students must be flexible, diligent, and hard working.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
  2. Understand how to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
  3. Understand how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface.
  4. Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
  5. Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.
  6. Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.
  7. Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface.
  8. Understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.
  9. Understand the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface.
  10. Understand the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics.
  11. Understand the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth’s surface.
  12. Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
  13. Understand how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth’s surface.
  14. Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  15. Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
  16. Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.
  17. Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
  18. Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

Course Requirements

In order for students to successfully complete this course students must adhere to and perform the following:

  1. Read all assigned reading prior to coming to class and be prepared to discuss and use what was read in the activities of the lesson for that day.
  2. Complete all assignments by the assigned due date. If a student will be absent from class on the day an assignment is due, it is their responsibility to turn in the assignment early or make other arrangements to get the assignment in. Student’s should consider this their one and only warning. Absolutely no late work will be accepted.
  3. If a student must miss a class session it is up to the student to meet with the instructor prior to that session to make arrangements for late work. If prior arrangements are not made, no late work will be accepted.
  4. Participate in the day’s lesson whether it is a class discussion, group work, or individual study.
  5. Complete all long term assignments by the date that they are due, according to the scoring guides that will be provided.


For this course assessment will be done through quizzes, test, and projects. While graded individually upon completion of each assignment, should a graded assignment be missing at the end of each quarter when final grading is done, that grade will be removed. It is each student’s responsibility to maintain their own portfolio.


In order to not interrupt the flow of the class, should a student do something requiring discipline such as lunch detention, after-school detention or some other form the student will be handed a standard “See me after class” card. If a student receives this card for any reason they should immediately correct their behavior and then stay after class to receive appropriate discipline.

Class Blog

Mr. Brammer maintains a class weblog (blog) at the following web address: Make sure not to put www before mrbrammer. Each day Mr. Brammer will post important information on the class blog under the title of the course name (English 8, Humanities 8, and English 10). Please check the blog regularly, if not daily, to have reminders for assignments, further instructions, or even extra-credit assignments found only on the blog.



Each day student’s must come prepared to learn by having completed the assignments that are due that day, but also by bringing the proper supplies with you, such as: paper, pencil, and a book for reading.


If a student does not participate, by joining in discussions, sharing their opinions and voicing their ideas, then that student is not truly a part of the class. As such, the student will not be learning as effectively as they can. Each day, all students must participate.


The world judges by what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. When a student comes to class, they must present themselves in a way that shows respect for themselves, their family, and their school. This is done by dressing, acting, and speaking appropriately. Cursing or crude talk will not be tolerated in this class. As well, improper wearing of the school’s uniform will result in immediate correction and further discipline.


The knowledge builds upon itself. Therefore, if a student is struggling with a certain area please come and speak with Mr. Brammer. His desire is for every student to succeed and I will do everything possible to help students to do so. However, first students must help themselves by giving their best each day.


Getting up and speaking in front of people is reportedly the number one fear that people have. To help combat that, students will be practicing this skill; constantly. This will allow everyone to learn from one another. If a student learns to effectively speak before others, they will not have much problem securing the job they later desire.


1 Response so far »

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    Wili 8B said,

    mr.B… this is my new comment for our humanities class…
    – I want to learn more about the countries, like knowing what it is inside the country, what’s the wounderful thing about it, or maybe about the culture….
    – I also want to have to use the google earth.. and search places i’ve never been to
    ok… is it enough????
    Sir, i would also like to suggest you please don’t make this class boring..thanks….GBU ^_^

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