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									                                    A.P. Geography Syllabus
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and process that
have shaped understanding, use and alteration of the earth surface. This will be accomplished through
a wide variety of different types of activities and teaching strategies. The ultimate goal of this class is to
prepare you to take the AP test in May. Passing this teat indicates that you are proficient in Human
Geography at a college level.

Course Outline:

1st Quarter
Week      Topic                             Textbook Reading       Assignments                    Test
1         Geography: It’s Nature and        Chapter One:
          Perspectives                      Key Issue One
2         Geography: It’s Nature and        Chapter One:
          Perspectives                      Key Issue Two
3         Geography: It’s Nature and        Chapter One:           Blog Completed
          Perspectives                      Key Issue Three        September 7th
4         Geography: It’s Nature and        Chapter One:                                          September
          Perspectives                      Key Issue Four                                        13th -14th
5         Population                        Chapter Two:           Presentation
                                            Key Issue One and      September 17th and 18th
                                            Two
6         Population                        Chapter Two:
                                            Key Issue Three
                                            and Four

7         Population                        Chapter Three:         Blog Completed Oct 4th
                                            Key Issue One
                                            and Two
8         Population                        Chapter Three:                                        October
                                            Key Issue Three                                       11th-12th
                                            and Four
9         Culture                           Chapter Four:          Presentations
                                            Key Issue One and      October 15th and 16th
                                            Two
 2nd Quarter
Week Topic                                 Reading              Assignments                 Test
10       Cultural Patterns and             Chapter Four
         Processes                         Key Issue Three
                                           and Four
11       Cultural Patterns and             Chapter Five                                     November
         Processes                                                                          1st and 2nd
12       Cultural Patterns and             Chapter Six
         Processes
13       Cultural Patterns and             Chapter Seven        Blog Completed Nov 16th
         Processes                         Key Issue One and
                                           Two
14       Cultural Patterns and             Chapter Seven                                    November
         Processes                                                                          19th and
                                                                                            20th
15       Political Organization of Space   Chapter 8:
                                           Key Issue 1 and 2
16       Political Organization of Space   Chapter 8:
                                           Key Issue 3
17       Political Organization of Space   Chapter 8:           Blog Completed Dec 13th     December
                                           Key Issue 4                                      13th -14th
18       1st Semester Final Exam           None

3rd Quarter
Week Topic                                 Readings             Assignments                 Test
19      Agriculture and Land Use           Chapter 10:
                                           Key Issue 1
20       Agriculture and Land Use          Chapter 10:
                                           Key Issue 2 and 3
21       Agriculture and Land Use          Chapter 10:
                                           Key Issue 4
22       Agriculture and Land Use          Chapter 14:          Blog Completed Jan 30th     Jan/ Feb
                                           Key Issue 3          Presentation 31st and 1st   29th -30th
23       Industrialization                 Chapter 9:
                                           Key Issues 1 and 2
24       Industrialization                 Chapter 9:
                                           Key Issues 3 and 4
25       Industrialization                 Chapter 11           Presentations 21st and
                                           Key Issue 1 and 2    22nd
26       Industrialization                 Chapter 11
27       Industrialization                 Chapter 11
28       Industrialization                 Chapter 14:          Blog Completed March        March
                                           Key Issues 1 and 2   11th                        14th – 15th
4th Quarter
Week Topic                                  Readings             Assignments                   Test
29       Cities and Urban Land Use          Chapter 12:
                                            Key Issues 1 and 2
30       Cities and Urban Land Use          Chapter 12:
                                            Key Issue 3 and 4
31       Cities and Urban Land Use          Chapter 13:
                                            Key Issues 1 and 2
32       Cities and Urban Land Use          Chapter 13:
                                            Key Issues 3 and 4
33       Cities and Urban Land Use          None                 Presentations                 April
                                                                 April 19th                    17th -18th
34       Review For AP Exam                 None
35       Review For AP Exam                 None
36       Review For AP Exam                 None
37       Review for AP Exam                 None                                               MAY 17TH
38       Review for Final Exams             None
Assignments
Your assignments will fall into the following categories:

Presentations-You will be given presentation in every unit.

Quiz-You will take one map quiz and may take periodic reading quizzes every unit

Note Cards- Every Unit you will be assigned a set of id’s that you must complete note cards for

Binder- You will be asked to turn in a binder on the second test day at the end of every unit. The
contents of this binder will included notes, reading sheets, and any assignments or class work from the
unit.

Blog- You must take place in a blog discussion for each unit

Tests
Unit Test – At the end of each unit you will take a test worth 150 points. This test will cover two days
and consist of both multiple choice and essay type questions.

You will do test corrections for any multiple choice questions that you miss. This will help you to learn
what you missed, and help to keep your grade up in the process as we prepare for the AP TEST.
Unit Grades:                     Quarter Grades:

Tests= 150 Points                Each Unit is worth 45% of your quarter grade

Quizzes= 50 Points               There will be a Quarter Mid-tern that will be worth 10% of your grade

Presentations= 50 Points

Note Cards=50 Points             Semester Grades:

Blogs= 25 Points                 Each Quarter is worth 40% of your semester grade

Binder=25 Points                 The semester final is worth 20% of your semester grade




A Finial Note Regarding Grades:
On some levels this class may seem a bit overwhelming. As a teacher I have three main goals regarding
this class. First, I have responsibility to get you prepared for the AP test in May. Two, I hope to begin
the process of preparing you for what college will be like some day. Three, I want this class to be
interesting and fun. In some ways the worry regarding a grade can get in the way of these goals. In
order to prepare you for the first two you will need to be challenged. This occasionally may result in
some stress about grades, which can in turn make a class not enjoyable. I cannot promise you a certain
grade, nor will I say it will be easy to get the grade you may want, but I can promise you that I will work
with you to find a way to get you the grade you want in this class. With this in mind, whenever you
have a concern about a grade please see me immediately so we can find a way for you to improve your
current grade.

								
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