Geography Book By: Brody D.

Hi, my name is CoCo and I’m a monkey. I live in Madagascar and go to Madagascar Middle School or MMS for short. My best friends are Remi and Robbie. They’re twins and pandas. I am going to tell you a story about something that happened last year that helped me understand a lot about our world and lots of other things as well. I hope you like it.
It all started one day when I walked into Geography class and I saw that Mrs. Gigi, our Geography teacher, had wrote on the board that we will be learning about the five themes of Geography. I had no idea what that was so I asked Robbie and he didn’t know either. I just sat there and Mrs. Gigi started class. She talked and she talked and she talked but I didn’t understand a thing. When class ended, she told us there would be a test tomorrow. I totally freaked! I was going to fail.
On the walk home with Remi and Robbie, I told them about my concern and, of course, Robbie felt the same, but Remi looked shocked. She understood it exactly! She told me that she could help me and I would understand by the end of the night. I said, “Sounds good!”
Remi, Robbie and I walked straight to my house to study for the five themes of Geography. When we got there, my step brother Eli was doing some homework in the living room and I told him to get out. He said no, but after some convincing, he left. After we got comfortable and had some snacks, Remi said we should get started. She said, “The first thing you’ve got to know is that there are five themes and the first one is Location.”
She continued, “First, there are two different types of location. The first is absolute location. Absolute location is an exact location of where you are or where you are going like with latitude and longitude or a street address. An example may include your street address, 505 Elephant Lane. This is an absolute location because it shows exactly where you live.”
“The second type of location is relative location. Relative location is a general area of where you are or where you are going. If you wanted to meet with me I would tell you I am around the corner from the Rainforest Cafe or five minutes from the school; it’s not exact.” “Okay I guess this makes sense,” I said, as I look to my left and see Robbie drooling and staring off in the distance. Remi went on, “The last thing you’ve got to know about location is the actual definition which is: An instruction that is either
“Now the second theme you need to know about is Place. The definition of Place is a landmark that is either made by humans or made naturally, which I will explain in a little bit,” said Remi. “There are two different characteristics of place; one is human, the other is physical. Human location is the ideas and actions of people that change the environment. An example would be the Hoover Dam or the new golf course that just opened.” “Okay, I think I get it,” I said, “still not 100 percent sure but I understand the ‘jist’ of it.
“The other characteristic of place is physical,” Remi said. “Physical location is when something is naturally made or happens without help from humans. Examples may include the Mississippi River or the Mangoky River which is right here in Madagascar.” “How do you know all this?” said Robbie, who had just woke up from a very short nap. I’m always so surprised that you’re my sister.” “So am I, Robbie; so am I,” replied Remi, as we all started laughing.
“The other characteristic of place is physical,” Remi said. “Physical location is when something is naturally made or happens without help from humans. Examples may include the Mississippi River or the Mangoky River which is right here in Madagascar.” “How do you know all this?” said Robbie, who had just woke up from a very short nap. I’m always so surprised that you’re my sister.” “So am I, Robbie; so am I,” replied Remi, as we all started laughing.
“The third theme is Human Environment Interactions or for short, HEI,” said Remi. “There are three different types of HEI. The first is Humans Adapt to the Environment which means to modify yourself to fit in the climate that you're in. Some examples include putting on a rain coat when it’s raining out or putting on sunscreen when it’s really sunny.”
“The second type of HEI is Humans Modify the Environment which means you change the environment to fit your needs. Some examples include when people build dams or lakes to hold or block water.” “Are you understanding this?” Remi asked. I replied, “Yes” so she carried on.
“The third and final type of HEI is Humans Depend on the Environment which means that we use the environment to survive not change to change it. Some examples include people depending on banana trees for bananas and people depending on trees for wood and also to make paper. The overall definition of HEI is how people interact with the environment.”
“Now!” said Remi excitedly, “We are almost done. There are only two themes left.” “Oh come on! We’ve been here for hours,” complained Robbie. “Actually, we’ve only been here for two hours,” she countered. “Okay, the fourth theme is Movement. There are three different types of movement. But the first thing you need to know is the overall definition of movement. It is when one thing goes from one place to another. Does this make sense?” “Yeah, yeah it does,” I said. I was actually finally understanding it. Remi continued, “The first type of movement is People. This first movement shows how people get from one place to another. Some examples may include a car, a train, a plane or just walking.

The second type is Goods. Goods are things that are shipped or moved from one place to another. Some examples would include clothing, TVs, toys and other things.

And the last type of movement is Ideas or Mass Communication. This is using social media and technology to communicate to others. Some examples would include texting, Instagram, Snapchat and many others. Do you feel like I am going too fast?” Remi said all of this without taking one breath. “Yeah, but it’s okay. I get it!” I said, “Thanks Remi.” “No problem,” she replied. “It’s actually really fun to teach.”

“We’ve finally reached the fifth and final theme, Region. There are three different types of region. The first type of region is Formal. Formal regions are when a government or people in charge defines a boundary. Some examples would include Madagascar, United States, or Spain. The second type of region is Functional. Functional regions are the regions that have a specific purpose. Some examples include a jogging route or a place that shows in what region certain animals live. The third and last type of region is Vernacular, which is loosely defined by people who think something; it's kind of like an opinion. An example would be The North Pole.”
“We’ve finally reached the fifth and final theme, Region. There are three different types of region. The first type of region is Formal. Formal regions are when a government or people in charge defines a boundary. Some examples would include Madagascar, United States, or Spain. The second type of region is Functional. Functional regions are the regions that have a specific purpose. Some examples include a jogging route or a place that shows in what region certain animals live. The third and last type of region is Vernacular, which is loosely defined by people who think something; it's kind of like an opinion. An example would be The North Pole.”
Remi proudly asked, “How did I do? Do you now understand the five themes of Geography?” “Yes, yes I do! Thanks so much Remi! I think I’ll do great tomorrow. Thanks.” I look out the window and see that we've been studying so long that it has become dark. “Oh, I almost forgot,” Remi said, “The last thing you need to know is the definition for Geography. It is the study of Earth and everything on it. Good luck tomorrow!” she yelled as she walked out the door with Robbie slouching behind her. The next day when Mrs. Gigi, my teacher, gave me quiz, I was ready for every question. I felt like I was going to do great. And the next day I found out I did! She gave me my test and it said 100% and as she handed it to me she said, “I'm very proud of you, CoCo! You must of listened very well yesterday when I was teaching about this. I was so happy all I could say as a reply was, “Thanks.” I hope you liked the story of Coco and the five themes of Geography and remember when a teacher is teaching, make sure to listen.

Works Cited

Elephants. Digital image. Web. 1 Feb. 2017. <https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2014/02/16/09/38/baby-elephant-267124_960_720.jpg>.

Monkey. Digital image. Web. 3 Feb. 2017. <http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/static/photo/1x/Animal-Makake-Monkey-Wildlife-Photography-Primate-1786936.jpg>.

Pandas. Digital image. Web. 1 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/6990634-panda-hug.jpg>.

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