Human Geography GEO 300
Explanation Paper Advice

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Check your syllabus to determine Due date for completed paper.

From your textbook, select 2-3 concepts in Human Geography (chapter topics, sub-chapter topics).  Ask a good question, research it, and explain your answer. 
No duplicate questions among students.  An outline is due including a title, a research question, and at least five annotated sources. 
Consult your syllabus for outline due date.

Turn in a well-written 7-10 pages that are typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a bibliography that includes at least ten sources (no more than half from the Internet).  At semester’s end, each student will have 10 minutes of class time to present their explanation to the class 
(not merely read the paper out loud).  Consult your syllabus for paper due date.

The key to any good Explanation Paper is to pick a good question.  Blend concepts that you learn in class to produce a question that is interesting to you 
personally, for instance.  The question must be broad enough to allow you to research widely, yet focused enough to prevent the paper from becoming too long. 
This paper could form the foundation for further research in an Honors Paper or could complement research in another class. 

Your work must be original and it is not to be duplicated (entirely or in large part) for, or from, any of your other classes.   Familiarize yourself with the definition below:

**** PLAGIARISM means to take and use another person's words, ideas or inventions and pass them off as your own.  Plagiarism is CHEATING and will result in severe penalty to your grade.  Do not plagiarize.

Here are questions suitable for an Explanation Paper (though I encourage you to create your own).

How has the concept of relative distance changed over the past 200 years?  Why?

How might society be different if more people had to farm to feed their families and couldn't rely on supermarkets?

How has modern transportation changed the ways that diseases have diffused?

What is the process of acculturation for immigrants to our area of the country, and what is expected of them?

What are the most important push/pull factors (pick a country) today; how have they changed in recent decades?

How far should a government be able to go to reduce or increase population growth? 

What spatial characteristics might help to explain why Judaism, Islam, and Christianity originate in the same area?

Does militant fundamentalism have a spatial (geographic) component? 

Choose 3-4 folk culture traditions and argue why (a particular) society should preserve them.

How did the rise and role of American football in the 1920s play such a big part in popular culture?

How do rising populations affect subsistence agricultural systems?

A wide variety of questions could be asked relating to women’s roles in folk culture, society, and religion.

What are the varying levels of technology that have diffused and now predominate in selected parts of the world?

Why do humans choose to live in areas of known natural disasters?