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Map Assignment Sept 7th-8th 2014

►Create a map of any room in your house

►Include the following elements:

►1. Title

►2. Compass Rose

►3. Include at least 3 symbols (you can make them-up!) and a key that tells me what they are.

►4. Include a scale: 1-inch on your map= approx. how many feet?

►5. Include an equator (0 degrees) and a Prime Meridian that divides the paper in half

►6. Include 2 lines of latitude and 2 lines of longitude. Label each line accordingly with the correct degrees and direction.

7. Select one item from your key and give the approximate longitude and latitude.

8. Maps have colors, lines, and boundaries. So should yours.

9. You may hand-draw it OR make it on the computer. Either way I need a physical copy.

map of room example

Example(s) from class:





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World Geo First Day

Label the Following on your map(RA6-7)

  • United States
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Bolivia
  • Peru
  • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Indonesia
    • Great Britain
    • Ireland
    • Spain
    • Nigeria
    • India
    • Iran


      Saudi Arabia

      Atlantic Ocean

      Pacific Ocean

      Artic Ocean

      Indian Ocean


      Prime Meridian

      Tropic of Capricorn

      Tropic of Cancer

Greenland (Denmark

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World History II Intro

Please watch the video and respond to the question in the comments below:
Note: This World History Two course runs from the year 1500-modern day. We will start the course with Empires and end the course learning about the twin “T’s” of modern society: Terrorism and Technology.  Towards the end of the course we will make brief references to the Arab Spring and ongoing situation in the Ukraine (and any other World Event that happens). We will also watch an occasional and relevant John Green Video (yes, THAT John Green).

1. What do you think the point of learning history is? Explain.

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World Geography Intro

Watch the video and respond to the question in the comments below.

 Why do you think it is important to learn geography?


Click Here To Back To the World Geography Lesson Plans

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Salmonella in my Oregano?

Salmonella in my Oregano?

While purchasing some items at the local Food Lion, I ran across one of those haphazardly posted messages displayed only with a sad single piece of tape holding it up to a random post behind the cashier. It was a recall notice for McCormick Oregano.  I was totally blown-away! What could possibly get in oregano that would cause it to be recalled?

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Home Automation: 3 Considerations

Home Automation: 3 Considerations

A recent article on home automation caught my attention on the New Republic Website because my wife and I had considered some automation options but declined all of them (unless you include a programmable thermostat).

We grounded our considerations in history, current events, and current technology (or the lack thereof).

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My Two Favorite Federal Laws

I am certain that very few people have favorite federal laws. After all, who wants to talk about federal legislation at a party (hint: I do). However, being a bit of a policy wonk and government guru, I enjoy reading and learning about federal laws. In fact, I actually have TWO federal laws that I consider to be my favorite. They both involve the stomach.

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One of the books I’ve read was on the topic of Talent:

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

The book argues that talent is not innate but must be developed through a process called “deliberate practice”. Continue reading Talent

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30 Days in the WordPress Forum

30 Days in the WordPress Support Forum: Here are 9 things I learned

Having been blogging on and off for the past couple years and maintaining blogs during the school-year for my classes, I thought I might spend some time this summer in the WordPress Support Forums.

I’ve spent about 30 days in the support forum and learned some interesting lessons and insights:

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11 Ways NOT to write a WordPress Plugin

I’ve been tinkering with WordPress, blogging, and Web Development on and off for the past 15 years. I would start it and then stop it. Never really sure where to go or what to do.

This past school year I created a WordPress site for use with my classroom and pioneered some WordPress features in an educational context, such as WordPress Hunts to analyze points-of-view and Web Quests, where I provide a list of links in a post for students to visit with questions at the bottom for students to answer.

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