Alaska Studies



Alaska Independent Distance Education



Course Information

Instructor: Mr. Nicholas Graves


.5 Carnegie Credit


Distance Delivery

Course Site

FAX: (907)374-9440




Course Description:

This course is designed to meet the needs of Correspondence students who have struggled with traditional correspondence classes. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of all students: self motivated high level learners, students with lower reading levels, students with low-level organization skills, and students with low motivation. Assignments are short, fast-paced and well organized, which leads to quick successes and high meet the Alaska Distance Education Curriculum, State of Alaska Performance and Content Standards, and National Education Standards. Mr. Joseph Marley has developed this course to meet your special needs as well. Please contact him if you have a need that is not met by this course. Alaska Studies covers the landscape of Alaska, the people of Alaska, and the five regions' cultures and heritage. Quizzes and tests are available on-line (graded immediately) or upon request they may be sent out in a packet to a parent or a local instructor and mailed in. Study guides, lab activities, and lesson summaries are also available in packet form or on-line. The comprehensive check list below lists all items to be completed for the course. You may use it to keep track of where you are in the course.




Reading Level: 3.8 Spache

Interest Level: Grades 6-12, ABE, ESL


What You Will Need to Purchase for this Course?


Course Registration:

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Printed Tests and Quizzes/Hand Grading

It is possible to have paper copies of all quizzes and tests and then have them administrated by an on-site instructor. You will not need Internet or computer access to complete the course using this method. However, due to the extra grading time and printing costs there is an additional fee of $45 per semester for this option.


Supplementary readings

            From time to time students will receive information about resent developments in Alaska Studies that will be important for future interpretations of government. They will receive information about web sites, magazine articles, and books related to topics of interest.


Academic Dishonesty

            With most correspondence courses as well as Alaska Studies honesty of parents and students is essential. In the event that Alaska Interior Distance Eduction administration suspects cheating or dishonesty among students and proctors an investigation will be carried out. If the investigation shows that cheating has occurred then the student will receive a failing grade and no credit.



EVERYONE should be able to achieve an "A" in this class! You may take the quizzes as many times as you like and your top score on the quiz is the one that counts. It is also permissible to use notes, study materials, and books on the quizzes. After you complete a quiz on-line it will be immediately scored and you will be given a summary of your responses and the correct responses. If you miss one or two you can memorize the answers and go back and retake the quiz. Be careful, it will not be in the same order the second time. Quizzes will count for 50% of your grade.


The tests will count as 50% of your grade. Much of what is on the quizzes will show up again on the tests. Print out the quizzes and study them before taking the tests. The self-study checklist and the study guide have great information to prepare you for a test, use them. Your first score on any test is the one that counts. Although you will be allowed to take the test as many times as you like the scores you receive will not count. You are not allowed to use notes, study materials, and books on the tests. The tests are meant to reflect how much you have learned while completing the lessons and investigations. If you follow the self-study checklist I have no doubt that you will do great on the tests!


The following grading scale will be used for determining your final grade. After completing the course with a "D-" or better you will receive one Carnegie credit from the Yukon Koyukuk School District.






94% - 99%


90% - 93%


87% - 89%


83% - 86%


80% - 82%


77% - 79%


73% - 76%


70% - 72%


67% - 69%


63% - 66%


60% - 62%


< 60%




Alaska Independent

First Quarter Second Quarter

01-01, "Focusing in on Alaska"
01-02, "Alaska's Climates"
01-03, "Permafrost"
01-04, "Tundra"
01-05, "Mountains"
01-06, "Rivers, Valleys, and Plateaus"
01-07, "Lakes"
01-08, "Glaciers, Rivers of Ice"
01-09, "Islands"
01-10, "Oceans and Seas"
01-11, "Geography, Climate, and Natural Extremes"
01-T Part 1 TEST "Alaska, A Landscape in Motion"

02-01, "The First Alaskans"
02-02, "Yupik and Inupiaq Eskimos"
02-03, "Aleuts and Alutiiqs"
02-04, "Athabaskan and Eyak Indians"
02-05, "Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians"
02-06, "Russian Explorers Enter the New World"
02-07, "Whale Hunters Move North"
02-08, "The United States Buys Alaska"
02-09, "The Fish Cannery Connection"
02-10, "A Rush North for Gold"
02-11, "Connecting Up"
02-12, "Alaskans Take to the Air"
02-13, "The Military in Alaska"
02-14, "Statehood, Land Claims, and the Oil Boom"
02-15, "The Importance of Timber"
02-16, "Tourism"
02-17, "Providing Services for Alaskans"
02-18, from, "Alaska History paperback book"
02-T Part 2 TEST "Alaska, A People in Motion"


03-01-01 Far North Region, "Where is it?"
03-01-02 Far North Region, "What Is There?"
03-01-03 Far North Region, "The Northern Tundra"
03-01-04 Far North Region, "The Animals There"
03-01-05 Far North Region, "The People There"
03-01-06 Far North Region, "Oil in the Arctic"
03-01-07 Far North Region, "Old Ways and New"
03-01-TEST Far North Region

03-02-01 Western Region, "Where is it?"
03-02-02 Western Region, "A Tour By Bush Plane"
03-02-03 Western Region, "The Seward Peninsula"
03-02-04 Western Region, "St. Lawrence Island"
03-02-05 Western Region, "Along the Bering Sea Coast"
03-02-06 Western Region, "Alaska's Largest Island"
03-02-07 Western Region, "Disasters and Rescues"
03-02-08 Western Region, "The Alaska Peninsula"
03-02-09 Western Region, "The Aleutian Islands"
03-02-10 Western Region, "Coming Back Home"
03-02-11 Western Region, "A Mix of Lifestyles"
03-02-TEST The Western Region

03-03-01 Interior Region, "Where is it?"
03-03-02 Interior Region, "Weather Extremes"
03-03-03 Interior Region, "What Is There?"
03-03-04 Interior Region, "River "Highways""
03-03-05 Interior Region, "The Interior's Other Highways"
03-03-06 Interior Region, "Alaska's Second Largest City"
03-03-07 Interior Region, "Weather Problems"
03-03-08 Interior Region, "Rural Villages"
03-03-TEST The Interior Region

03-04-01 Southcentral Region, "Where is it?"
03-04-02 Southcentral Region, "What is There?"
03-04-03 Southcentral Region, "Alaska's Largest City"
03-04-04 Southcentral Region, "The Matanuska and Susitna Valleys"
03-04-05 Southcentral Region, "The Kenai Peninsula"
03-04-06 Southcentral Region, "Living in an Earthquake Zone"
03-04-07 Southcentral Region, "Living Close to Volcanoes"
03-04-08 Southcentral Region, "Oil Spill in Prince William Sound"
03-04-09 Southcentral Region, "Towns and Rural Areas"
03-04-TEST The Southcentral Region

03-05-01 Southeast Region, "Where is it?"
03-05-02 Southeast Region, "The Weather"
03-05-03 Southeast Region, "Glaciers"
03-05-04 Southeast Region, "What Is There?"
03-05-05 Southeast Region, "Moving Around in Southeast"
03-05-06 Southeast Region, "Harvests from Land and Sea"
03-05-07 Southeast Region, "Alaska's Capital City"
03-05-08 Southeast Region, "The Towns of Southeast Alaska"
03-05-09 Southeast Region, "How Towns Grow"
03-05-TEST The Southeast Region



Alaska Independent Distance Education is supported by the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. There are two ways for students to get credit after completing the course. The first is for the student's district to accept the curriulum of the course or match it with one of thier courses then give them indistrict credit for the course. The second is to have transcripts created for students completing the course by the Yukon-Koyukuk School District and mailed to the student's school of record or their parents.


Course Schedule

You are in charge of your own schedule. The course must be completed within one year of the start day. We do post .25 credits for each quarter completed.



Subject to Change

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. It is your responsibility to check the web site for changes weekly. You instructor will also notify you of changes via e-mail.