Exploring World Geography

Exploring World Geography

Complete High School World Geography Curriculum

Exploring 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.

Your high school student will gain a rich understanding of physical and human geography through reading the narrative lessons, studying the maps and completing map assignments, reading literature about people and places around the world, completing writing assignments and hands-on projects, and gaining a Biblical perspective on world religions and culture.

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Quick Overview

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 2¬†(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.

Author Ray Notgrass Explains a Unit in the Curriculum


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.


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)


Clear, Interesting, and Relevant

"[Exploring World Geography] makes human and physical geography clear, interesting, and relevant to study!" (Olivia P., Texas)

Biblical Worldview

"I love the biblical worldview angle, recommended literature, cultural geography, and rich illustrations." (Demetria E., Arizona)


Exploring World Geography Curriculum PackageCurriculum Package

The Curriculum Package includes Exploring World Geography Part 1 and Part 2 and the Exploring World Geography Gazetteer (a collection of maps and readings). This package gives you all of the lessons and assignments you need to complete the course, but it does not include any review or test material or the recommended literature.

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Sample Lessons


Exploring World Geography Student Review PackStudent Review Pack

The Student Review Pack includes the Student Review, with daily review questions, map skills assignments, literature review questions, and literary analysis; the Quiz and Exam Book, with a quiz for each unit and six geography, English, and worldview exams; and the Guide for Parents and Answer Key.

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Sample Review Material


Exploring World Geography Literature PackageLiterature Package

The Literature Package includes the twelve books assigned as part of the English credit. The collection includes five non-fiction books and seven fiction books.

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Exploring World Geography BundleExploring World Geography Bundle

This bundle includes all of the books listed above. You get the Curriculum Package, Student Review Pack, and Literature Package. You'll have everything you need for your student to earn a year of credit in Geography, English, and Bible.

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