All Over the Map: A Cartographic & Geographic Odyssey – Year-long Course

    $628.30

    I enjoyed the overarching projects that related to the sections we were in. These projects were designed to inspire creativity and enhance the learning process that each student had independently. . . I truly appreciate this balance of creative and academic elements. Dr. Kirsten can make anything exciting. If I ever came to class tired or sad about something outside of class, I wouldn’t be for long! She always presents the material enthusiastically and in a way that makes the whole class excited to learn. . . Dr. Kirsten is able to provide a space where every student feels heard, welcomed, and appreciated.
    ~ Student F. D.

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    Traveler begins a journey on a map for All Over the Map: A Cartographic & Geographic Odyssey course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Course Length32 Weeks - Year-long
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays, 7:00 - 7:50 AM Pacific – 8/16/22 – 5/20/23

    Have you ever looked at a map and really wondered about the information stored within?

    In this class that spans fall & spring semesters, we begin by exploring the maps in the incredible book: All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey by Mason & Miller. They will take us on a journey into what went into making some of the most incredible maps in the world and explore aspects of the world that will most benefit your educational journey.

    In class, we will use the book as a springboard to explore those areas of the world (and others) in more depth and with more detail, including cultures, science, history, and more.

    Join us as we explore:

    • Our Earth’s waterways and how they shaped the land.
    • Our cities and their secrets.
    • Conflicts and changing political borders.
    • Landscapes and our Earth’s topography.
    • Economies and presenting data.
    • Maps based on science– it’s not just about geology.
    • Humans and their experiences, culture, and more.
    • Mapping the world– bringing it all together.
    • Our creativity, using our imaginations.

    Through this exploration, we will discover more about the world and its history. And along the way, we will find out more about our past, our present, and ourselves.

    The adventure doesn’t stop there! In this course, students shape and tailor the course to meet their educational needs. Students have the opportunity to create projects through their exploration of the topics above. By the end of the course, they could have nine projects for their portfolio! Students may choose to create related topics (e.g. history-based) or unrelated topics (e.g. history, science, art, etc.). The sky is the limit!

    Note to Parents: 

    • Families are welcome to tailor this course to fit their student’s educational plan.
    • The course as a whole: Students have taken this course to meet requirements in history, science, language arts, humanities, and more. Families tailor the projects to meet the specific goals. For example, if a history course is needed, students will explore historical topics.
    • The course in parts: The projects students choose to do can be created solely for our course or in conjunction with an outside course and vice versa.
    • Projects: Projects are chosen on an individual basis. Students are welcome to create similar projects (e.g. all videos) or different projects (e.g. research paper, presentation, video, infographic, etc.). Students will be encouraged to follow their passions to create projects based on themes or a year-long project (e.g. exploring the culture in a particular region).

    “Teaching Mapping the World by Heart at Athena’s has been such a joy. So, when a former student asked me if I would teach a higher-level geography-inspired class, I was intrigued. A short time later, a current student’s family gifted me with an amazing book:
    All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey by Mason & Miller. Once I opened the book and saw the wealth of information those pages contained, I knew I had to bring that book to life. I can’t wait to go on this journey with you!”
    ~ Instructor Dr. Kirsten

    Parent Testimonial: 

    “I cannot thank you enough for this year with our son. He has absolutely LOVED learning with you. He has looked forward to each live session and has been excited to share so many things he has learned throughout the year. ” ~Parent Pia R.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Reading a selection from the book.
    • Working on a course-based project highlighting the theme of study. Projects (and the number of projects completed) will vary by student. Project suggestions will be provided as we explore each theme of study (e.g. waterways, cities, etc.– see below). However, students will be encouraged to follow their passions to create projects based on themes or a year-long project (e.g. exploring the culture in a particular region).

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    What to Expect During the School Year:

    Join us as we explore:

    • Our Earth’s waterways and how they shaped the land.
    • Our cities and their secrets.
    • Conflicts and changing political borders.
    • Landscapes and our Earth’s topography.
    • Economies and presenting data.
    • Maps based on science– it’s not just about geology.
    • Humans and their experiences, culture, and more.
    • Mapping the world– bringing it all together.
    • Our creativity, using our imaginations.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a strong 7th grade level or above.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    To get the most out of this course, students should be able and willing to:

    • Create long-term, course-based project(s). Projects (and the number of projects completed) will vary by student. Some students may choose to create one, long-term project based on a particular area or aspect of the world. Others may choose to create several smaller research-based projects to highlight our particular area of study.
    • Possess the skills and desire needed to explore and research information on the Internet.

    Required books & materials: