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Using Exploring World Geography

How It Works

Exploring World GeographyExploring World Geography by Ray Notgrass is a one-year high school course that describes and explains the world God created. Students will learn about mankind's interaction with the world both in the past and in the present. The curriculum addresses two main questions: How has the physical world made a difference in what people have done, how they have lived, and how they live today? How have people made a difference in the physical world, and how are they making a difference in it today?

The Exploring World Geography Curriculum Package includes three books:

  • Exploring World Geography Part 1 (first semester)
  • Exploring World Geography Part 1 (second semester)
  • Exploring World Geography Gazetteer (maps and assigned readings)

Exploring World Geography is designed to be easy-to-use for parent and student. Each of the 30 weekly units has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, Bible memory work, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments and hands-on projects. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes a list of specific assignments for that day. A focused student can direct his own study, and the parent can offer as much interaction as needed.

Completing the full course provides your child with one year of high school credit in three subjects: World Geography, English, and Bible. Depending on how fast your child reads and how much time he spends on the unit projects, he may need an average of 2-3 hours for each daily lesson. The geography credit involves reading the lessons and doing the assignments in the Gazetteer (and answering the questions in the optional Student Review if desired). The English credit involves completing several writing assignments, including one research paper; and reading the assigned literature. The Bible credit involves a survey course on worldview and completing worldview assignments. The unit projects offer a wide variety of activities that tie into geography, English, and Bible.

The Literature

In addition to the assigned readings in the Gazetteer, the curriculum also assigns the following twelve books. Specific page numbers are not assigned, so you do not have to use these particular editions. We offer them as a set or individually.

Exploring World Geography Literature

Part 1

  • Know Why You Believe by Paul Little (Units 1-2)
  • Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour with David Hazard (Units 3-4)
  • Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story by Patricia St. John (Units 5-7)
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Unit 8)
  • The Day the World Stopped Turning by Michael Morpurgo (Units 10-11)
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Units 12-13)
  • Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat (Units 14-15)

Part 2

  • Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth (Units 16-17)
  • Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (Units 18-19)
  • Ann Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma by Sharon James (Units 20-21)
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (Units 24-25)
  • Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Units 27-28)

Look Inside

Table of Contents

Unit 8: East Africa

Gazetteer Sample

About the Author

Ray and Charlene NotgrassRay Notgrass is a follower of Jesus and a veteran homeschooling father. He met his wife, Charlene, at Middle Tennessee State University in the political science department. After graduating they were married in 1974. Ray went on to earn master's degrees in history and New Testament. Ray and Charlene are lifelong history lovers and began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. They enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.