• AP Human Geography Syllabus

                           Ms. G. Lee- glenda.lee@robeson.k12.nc.us

     

    Welcome to AP Human Geography! I look forward to exploring the historical and modern distributions, processes, and effects of human populations. I encourage you to challenge yourself and learn about the many things that encompass the human geography of the world. I know with the proper guidance and a positive work ethic, there will be no excuses for everyone’s success. Working together we will have an enjoyable and very successful semester.

    AP® Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. Units of study include population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture, and urban geography. Emphasis is placed on geographic models and their applications. Case studies from around the globe are

    compared to the situation in both the United States and locally.

    We will be following the guidelines set forth by the College Board, using the course units, concepts and skills set forth by AP Central for the AP Human Geography course.

    AP Human Geography Topics  

    • Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
    • Population and Migration
    • Cultural Patterns & Processes
    • Political Organization of Space
    • Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Land Use
    • Industrialization and Economic Development
    • Cities and Urban Land Use   

    AP Human Geography Skills 

    • Concepts and Processes
    • Spatial Relationships
    • Data Analysis
    • Source Analysis
    • Scale Analysis

    AP Human Geography Objectives 

    • To introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human
          understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface
    • To learn about and employ the methods of geographers, especially including observation, mapmaking,
          data gathering and reporting, and technical writing
    • To employ spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation to a variety of locations
        and situations around the globe and in local areas
    • To develop a geographic perspective with which to view the landscape and understand current events







    Required materials: 1. Notebook/paper (students will be allowed to use a digital
                                                  notebook but will need paper and a notebook/folder to
                                                  keep handouts and written papers)

                                     2. Pencils/Pens (Black or Blue ink only)
                                     3. Earphones for independent work (cheap)

                                     4. USB Drive (recommended if not using Google Drive)                                       
                                     5. Suggested Highlighters/Sharpies/Vis-a-Vis, different colors (Use on laminated maps)

    Course Grading Criteria:

                 Tests/Projects               35%
                  Writing/Portfolio          25%
                  Quizzes                   20%
                  Classwork/Homework  20%              

    GRADING SCALE 

          Every classroom teacher shall use the following grading scale to measure student progress: 

     

    A: 90-100=4.0
    B: 80-89=3.0
    C: 70-79=2.0
    D: 60-69=1.0
    F: <59=0.0

     

    Maintaining a Class Portfolio/Notebook:  Students are required to maintain a portfolio of class
                notes, handouts, starters, and homework. (Students will be allowed to maintain a digital
                portfolio (notebook) if electronic devices are issued. It will be the student’s
                responsibility to back up the contents of a digital notebook in case of technological
                problems.) The portfolio will be checked periodically to ensure students have a resource
                to review for various assessments. 

     

    Daily Work, Homework, & Participation: Students are expected to complete all in-class
              assignments. If assignments are not completed in class, they must be completed for
              homework. Due dates for homework assignments, tests, and quizzes will be posted
              on the board daily and on Google Classroom. Participation in class discussions is
              important for me to assess student learning. 

     

    Final Exam: The final exam for this course is comprehensive and counts 25% of your final grade. Per
                requirements set by Public Schools of Robeson County.

     

    Reading Quizzes:  To enhance the content, students will be quizzed on assigned readings (text and/or
              primary source). These will occur when notice posted. 

    Writing:  We will begin learning the format and components of the various AP exam free response f
                    questions

    Tests:At the end of each topic, we will have a test that follows the format of the AP exam. Each exam will
                    be comprised of multiple-choice questions and an essay/short answer questions. Throughout the
                    course, students will have map and vocabulary quizzes.

    Current Events: Students will submit 5 Current Events for each 9 weeks. Each event will be connected to
                the current topic of study. An outline and due dates will be posted on Google Classroom. 

     

    Classroom Behavior:  All school policies will be followed as outlined in the student handbook.
              Students are expected to run errands, use the restroom, sharpen pencils, etc. between
              classes. My classroom rules are as follows:

    1. Follow directions the first time they are given.                     
    2. Raise your hand, gain recognition, and get permission before speaking or
                              leaving assigned seat.                  
                            3. Be courteous and respect the rights of others.                   
                            4. Be alert, attentive, and actively involved in all classroom activities
                            5. When the bell rings, be in your seat and working                     
                            6. Water and small snacks will be allowed if they do not disrupt the class

     

    Cell Phone/Electronic Policy:

                 We will use technology as often as possible. While technology is encouraged in my classroom, I
                intend that it will only be utilized for educational purposes. It is imperative that each student is
                actively engaged in the lesson and not playing games, texting, surfing the net, etc. Paper versions of
                assignments will be provided to all students who cannot stay on task due to a computer or cell
                phone. Continued misuse of cell phones during class time will result in a referral to an
                administrator. 

     

    Missed Work:  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and make up any missing
              assignments. Students will need to take the initiative to gather missing assignments in the
              event of absence being mindful of when to ask. (If a student knows they will be absent, it
              is best to ask before missing class.) I will not delay class to explain missing assignments;
              therefore, students should ask during starter activities or independent assignments. (Five
              days will be given to turn in missing work due to absence. After five days expire,
              deductions begin. In the event a student is not absent, deductions begin immediately at one
              letter grade per day.) Utilize the online gradebook, Remind, and Google Classroom to keep track
              of assignments and makeup work.

    Progress Reports:  Progress reports will be sent home every 4 ½ weeks. Additional progress
              reports may be sent home periodically as deemed necessary by the classroom teacher.
              Parents and students will have access to PowerSchool, in which they can monitor student
              progress. Details about accessing this gradebook will be provided shortly after the
              beginning of the semester. (All Progress reports supplied are required to be returned with
              parent signature for this course.)

    Students and Parents:

               Please feel free to contact me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions and
              comments. I am dedicated to the success of all students and I am committed to the highest standards and expectations,
              Please know I need everyone to be involved
    and dedicated so my students can achieve their goals. Messages may be left
              with our staff
    at (910) 671-6050 or I can be emailed/contacted at the following addresses:             

                      glenda.lee@robeson.k12.nc.us

                      Google Classroom: (code provided on first day)  
                      Remind (code provided on first day)









    By signing below, I confirm that I have read this syllabus, understand the classroom rules and expectations, and am aware of the requirements to complete this course successfully.

     

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