AP Human Geography syllabus

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					                           AP Human Geography

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Gonzales
            e-mail: gonzalesa@thompson.k12.co.us
            Planning periods: 4th and 7th Periods

REQUIRED TEXT:
   The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, James
     Rubenstein (9th edition)
   Human Geography in Action, Kuby, Harner and Gober (teacher will provide
     copies from this text)

RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL STUDY MATERIALS:
    Goode’s World Atlas
    Rubenstein text companion website:
     http://wps.prenhall.com/esm_rubenstein_humangeo_8
    Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Gerald Pitzl OR Dictionary of Human
     Geography, R.J. Johnson, et.al.

Objectives:
    To introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes
      that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s
      surface
    To learn about and use the method or geographers, including mapmaking,
      interpretation of spatial data, and technical writing
    To sue spatial concepts, geographic vocabulary, and landscape interpretation
      to a variety of locations and situations around the globe and in local areas
    To develop a “geographical perspective” with which to view the landscape and
      understand current events

ASSESSMENT:
Grades will consist of four components (percentages are approximate)
    Cumulative notebook                     40% of grade
    Exams/quizzes, multiple choice          30% of grade
    Assignments/projects                     30% of grade
CITIZENSHIP:
Students are expected to
    be in class on time
    bring all materials, including assignments
    exercise respect in discussions
    follow instructions promptly and remain on task
    leave music players and anything with earphones in the locker
    make sure cell phones are turned off and put away

LATE WORK AND MAKE-UP WORK:
Upon returning to school after an absence, a student should see Ms. Gonzales on
her planning period, during lunch or after school. Do NOT try to get assignments
during a passing period or right before class. See the missed assignments board
and file. Tests and quizzes must be made up within one calendar week of the day
they were originally given. Students will receive a 30% reduction in grade for late
assignments, and no late assignments will be taken after one calendar week. Work
missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up.

SUPPLIES:
Students will need a sturdy 3” three-ring binder in which to organize and keep their
work. There are approximately 15 different units of study which will need to be
separated by dividers for easy review.


Please note that students in an AP course are expected to be highly motivated.
Dedication to learning the material and mastering the methods necessary to
pass an AP exam is required. There is no room for poor scholarship or
citizenship, and students exhibiting either will be asked to withdraw from the
class. It is expected that you will take responsibility for your own education;
if there is a question about your grades/assignments, I want to talk with you
before I talk to your parents as you are the one taking the class.

				
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