This is an essay that encompasses what the student thinks geography is. It would be a great assignment for the beginning of the year or the end of the year. I use it with my honors students at the beginning of the year to see what exactly they think geography is. We do go through a little background before they write the essay.
The essay is laid out into 7 paragraphs and goes into detail exactly what they need to write for each one. It also includes the rubric with it.