AP Human Geography Syllabus
Ms. G. Lee- firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Every classroom teacher shall use the following grading scale to measure student progress:
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
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:
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- 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
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:
Google Classroom: (code provided on first day)
Remind (code provided on first day)
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Phone Number of Parent/Guardian