Favorite scoop

video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r43yCiKlbCo

scoop link: http://sco.lt/7fU8zR 

This scoop was really enjoyable to watch because this really young little girl knows more geography than me! Her parents taught her the location of all the countries and they ask her to point out certain countries by memory and she has no problem whatsoever. She points them out on a giant map and its really cool to watch because she can barely talk, yet she knows where all the countries are. This relates to Unit 1 because it is basic geography.


Key geographical skills

Unit 1 ∙ Nature and Perspectives of Geography

This scoop is about a little girl named Lilly that is amazing at geography. She can flawlessly point out countries on a world map. Her young age makes this video very shocking. Lilly’s parents ask her where the countries are, and she simply points at them on the map without hesitation.

This video relates to our class because we recently went over world locations. Our summer reading was about how some people have a gift with geography and maps. Lilly clearly has a gift with maps at a young age. I am afraid she knows more than I do!


Kiva ivestment: Ajali (Kenya)

I think our investment should go to Ajali because she is a hard working mother of three school going children. She has to pay for their education and food. She is married and owns a home, but it does not have electricity or piped water. She has started a khanga business (women’s wrap clothing). she sells them to her neighbors and is lacking the money to expand her business.  When Ajali gets all the money she is requesting, she will buy bales of khangas for resale. Please help her get the money she needs to continue sending her children to school.

War in Afghanistan 2001-2015 By: Devyn Hantgin

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The war in Afghanistan took place from 2001 to 2014. The US invaded Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks. The US and its allies were trying to get rid of al-Qaeda. US president George W. Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden. The Taliban refused to give up Osama bin Laden. The US and its allies drove the Taliban from power and built military bases in major cities across the country. Al-Qaeda and most of the Taliban were not captured and fled to Pakistan or more mountainous or rural areas. Even though they were outnumbered, the Taliban took part in asymmetric warfare with Guerilla raids and ambushes in the countryside. On May 2, 2011, the United States Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. A year later in May of 2012, NATO planned an exit strategy for removing their forces. Since then, peace talks have taken place between the Afghan government and the Taliban. In May of 2014, Obama announced that he would be withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan leaving small forces in the country until the end of 2016. As of 2015, tens of thousands of people have been killed in this war. But as this conflict comes to a close, the US’ direct involvement is diminishing. The US was supposed to establish a new form of government in Afghanistan to resolve further conflicts, but this did not happen. Though the US withdrew forces in Afghanistan, they are preparing to go back to deal with ISIS. ISIS is a new terrorist group that the US is helping to destroy.

My suggestion for peace is to have a few peace meetings with ISIS or try our best to negotiate with them peacefully before we take military action. I also feel that we should help Afghanistan build a stronger government so they can safely deal with any new terrorist groups that might arise.

Actor #1: Al-Qaeda, or the Taliban, views the US as greedy and selfish. They wanted to be recognized as a world power, and one of the ways to do that was to attack the most powerful country in the world.

Actor #2: The US was trying to protect itself and its citizens. After the September 11th attacks, US authorities wanted to capture and punish terrorist leaders responsible for killing thousands.

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Canadian Culture


Folk- Maple syrup and fiddleheads (new sprouts of woodland ferns)

Pop- Ketchup chips and coffee crisp

Coffee-Crisp-ketchup chips


folk- (comes from European origin) Irish-Canadian music, Cape Brenton fiddling. “Good Friends” is a old painting by Ebenezer Birrell, a farmer from Ontario created in the 19th century(shown below).

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pop- A popular piece of art in Canada is Michele Provost’s “It’s only rock and roll”. Justin Bieber was born in Ontario and could become the most successful Canadian singer of all time with 3 multi-platinum albums as a teenager.



folk- Ceinture flechee and Tuque

pop- Lululemon is a Canadian yoga-clothing brand. Coveteur is a popular clothing item in Canada.



folk- pit-houses and wooden longhouses

pop- CN tower in Toronto built in 1976 and Canadian museum of civilization built in 1989.

CN tower


folk- Compound Steam engine (1842) and electric car heater (1890)

pop- HTC smartphone is a popular phone in Canada. Canada is one of the largest video game industries in the world behind Japan and the US raking in $2 billion a year!

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folk- Canadian mythology believed in the Haida Myths of the Raven to explain the laws of nature. Storytelling was believed to be restricted to only long winter nights, if you told “fairytales” any other time, the Indians believed that a lizard would come and suck your blood.

pop- Canadians strongly believe in the respectful treatment of others. Most Canadians follow Christianity.

Kenya (Ping) & Canada (Ped)

My “Ping” is Kenya. It is ranked 147 on the Human Development Scale. Kenya’s population is about 44.35 million people. The literacy rate is 72.2%. 25.35% of females have at least some secondary education. The dependency ratio of population under 15 is 75.4, and that of over 65 is 4.98. The infant mortality rate is 49 out of 1000 live births. The life expectancy at birth is 61.72 years. The percent of the population ages 15-49 with HIV/AIDS is 6.1%. The net migration for Kenya is -0.2 per 1000 population. The Urban population percent is 24.79%. The GNI is $2, 157.94. The percentage of population living below $2 a day is 33.6%. The GDP spent on education is 6.67%.The rate of natural increase is 25.88%.

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My “Ped” is Canada. Canada is ranked 8th on the Human Development Scale. Its population is 35.18 million people. The female population with at least some secondary education is 100%. The dependency ratio of population under 15 is 22.44, while over 65 is 23.68. The infant mortality rate is 5 per 1000 live births. The life expectancy at birth is 81.48 years. The net migration is 6.3 per 1000 people. The percent of the population living urban is 80.87%. The GNI for Canada is $41, 886.82. The percent of the GDP spent on education is 5.5%. The rate of natural increase is 2.41%

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Kenya and Canada are very different countries. Canada has a lower population but a higher life expectancy, a higher percent of urban population, a higher GNI, and a way higher ranking on the Human Development Scale, in comparison to Kenya. Canada also has a lower infant mortality rate than Kenya. Kenya could be behind due to a combination of higher population, a low education rate, and the low amount of money made per year. But, I believe if we help out a little, Kenya can one day be just as Developed as Canada.

Devyn H Chapter 3: Fault

My name is Devyn H. I am a 9th grader.  I was born in Austin, Texas and have lived here my whole life.  I love the diverse culture of Austin!  I have traveled to California, New York, Florida, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico.  I like to travel although fear flying.  I am fluent in English and know basic Spanish, but I would like to be able to speak fluent Spanish.  I would like to visit many other places and learn about their cultures.

In the third chapter of Ken Jennings Map head, Jennings talks in depth about how bad students’ understanding of geography is. In the beginning of the chapter David Helgren gave a geography pop quiz to his University of Miami introductory geography class and was extremely surprised to find out how little they all knew about geography. “Eleven of his Miami students had even misplaced Miami!” P33. David was interviewed on many talk shows about his findings and opinions on map illiteracy. His instant fame and shocking results pointed out to our nation the growing problem of national ignorance towards geography. The rest of the chapter gives examples as to why Americans in particular are so bad at finding things on a map. Things such as curriculum, isolation from other countries, technology, and even the way parents are raising and restricting their children are all contributing factors. The chapter also goes over how vast and important geography is. “Maybe that’s why old-school geography failed: it was just lists of names and places” P52. Since map illiteracy has taken the spotlight, thanks to David Helgren, many people have seen the importance of geography, but it is safe to say that our nation could still get a lot better. Today all 50 states have geoliteracy standards, but it is up to everyone to care enough and take the time to learn more about geography.

I personally think it is upsetting how little America knows. We are the richest country in the world, but we cannot even locate our competing countries on a map. We require free education, but we don’t show children where basic countries are like India, China, Kenya, Brazil, and France. Though I am appalled by our countries lack of knowledge in this particular area, I am just as guilty as anyone. I see now the true importance of knowing these locations and places. When I was in elementary school I didn’t know where Alaska was. I just learned where Iran Iraq and Afghanistan were the first week of school. I just discovered where Ireland was two days ago! But at least I am making an effort. I will continue to make an effort to learn these things because I now understand how truly important they are. All my friends ask me why I bother with AP geography, “geography isn’t important, who cares where Indonesia is? Why would you put yourself through all that work?” I just smile and say I don’t know. But they are the ones who don’t know, and that is the problem in the first place.