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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