This is a rigorous course that will require several hours per week of reading, studying and homework outside of class (for most students).
The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human, use, and alteration of Earth’s surfaces. Students employ special concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should have developed skills that enable them to:
- Use and think about maps and spatial data.
- Understand and interpret the implications and associations among phenomena in places.
- Recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes.
- Define regions and evaluate the regional process.
- Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
The AP exam is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes in length and includes both a sixty minute multiple choice section and a seventy five minute free response question. Each section accounts for half of the student’s exam grade. The exam will be taken in May. Students who get at least a 3 out of 5 on the AP exam may receive college credit for having taken the course.
- Digital device (laptop - provided by the school)
- Textbook (TBD - provided by the school)
- Highlighters of at least two different colors
- Number 2 pencils with erasers
- Blue or Black ink pens
- College Ruled Spiral Notebook
- 300 3 x 5 inch lined Notecards.
Reading Level Expectations
Students entering an AP Human Geography course should be capable of reading and comprehending texts written at a college level. Students should be able to summarize and evaluate textual information. They should also be able to read and interpret maps and graphic data.
- Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2019 Edition by Princeton Review. This is a review book and study guide that includes two full-length practice tests complete with explanations, thorough content reviews, targeted strategies for every question type, and access to online extras. Can be purchased on Amazon.
- AP Human Geography: A Study Guide, 3rd Edition by Ethel Wood. The book includes narrative reviews for each of the topic areas of the AP Human Geography curriculum, and each unit is followed by all new multiple-choice and free-response questions. Two sample exams follow, with each consisting of 75 all new multiple-choice questions and three new free-response questions. The narratives are concise and focus specifically on topics from the AP curriculum. Can be purchased on Amazon.
AP Human Geography
Expectations and Academic Disclosure
Brandt 2018- 2019
- Come to class prepared every day.
- Respect everyone.
- No talking while the teacher is talking.
- Follow the Student Code of Conduct at all times while on school property.
Homework and classwork
Due dates are listed on all assignments in Canvas. It is the students responsibility to keep pace with the coursework and make up any missing work.
All work turned in by students must entirely represent their own work unless explicitly stated otherwise. Students will not receive credit for any work that is turned in and is found to have been copied entirely, or in part, from another student or outside resource. Academic dishonesty may result in disciplinary action.
Students may be quizzed on the homework when it is due. Evaluation of their homework may come in the form of a graded quiz on the basic elements of the material, OR a grade for completing the materials or notes. It is important for students to prepare for both.
Homework is assigned often, even during breaks. Homework will consist of reading, note taking, quizzes, current event discussions, studying, studying, and studying. Students are responsible to keeping up with classwork and due dates.
Grades are entered into Progressbook within seven days of the due date unless otherwise stated.
Late work will be penalized 10% per day past the due date with a maximum deduction of 50% of the highest possible grade. For example, work due on a Tuesday would suffer a 20% penalty if it were turned in on a Thursday. Late classwork work may be turned in up until one week before the end of a grading period. Late work must be shown to the teacher by the student during school and after it has been submitted in order for the student to receive credit and no more than two late assignments may be turned in each day.
For both students and parents, the best way to communicate with me outside of the classroom is through email (OCPS email for students). While it is possible to use some applications to contact me, I ask that all electronic correspondence be directed to my email (Anthony.Brandt@ocps.net) to ensure it is read and responded to in a reasonable time frame. Other types of electronic messages may not receive a timely response.
It is expected that all students will know how to access the Canvas website for the course, and will make use of it to keep track of due dates, test dates, and to download homework assignments when necessary.
I am looking forward to having a fun and challenging year with you. I hope you will find the class enjoyable, and that you will come away with a better understanding of the world.
The instructor reserves the right to update the course syllabus as needed to provide transparency. Students will be informed of changes in class verbally.