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AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

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INTRODUCTION TO AP HUMAN  GEOGRAPHY

The Advanced Placement course in geography gives high-ability students the opportunity to earn college credit in geography while still in high school. More importantly, the content
of an AP Geography course helps students develop critical thinking skills through the understanding, application and analysis of the fundamental concepts of geography. Through AP Geography, students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earthís surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. Students will meet the five college-level goals as determined by the National Geographic Standards.  They also learn the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

The AP Examination in Human Geography is approximately two hours long, and consists of a 60-minute multiple-choice section and a 75-minute free-response section. Each portion of the examination will account for 50% of the studentís final score.

In preparation for the AP Geography examination, this course will be divided into eight sections: nature & perspectives, population, culture, politics, agriculture, urbanization, industrialization, and environmental/social issues. There will be approximately three to four tests per trimester, as well as a trimester exam. Grades are accrued on a point basis through test scores, quizzes, projects, and class participation.

All students enrolled in AP Human Geography will take a benchmark examination at the beginning of the year to illustrate how much they don't know about human geography - and how much they will learn throughout the year.

Required Text:
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: CULTURE, SOCIETY, AND SPACE, 9th ed. H.J. de Blij, Alexander B. Murphy and Erin H. Fouberg. John Wiley and Sons, 2009.

Supplementary readings:
Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2012 ed. Jon Moore.

Recommended Study Guides:

Student Atlas of World Geography, John L. Allen.  McGraw Hill College Div; ISBN 0072285680. 1999.
Geography Coloring Book, Wynn Kapit.  Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0321032810. 1999.

 

Daniel E. Snyder.
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