Advanced Placement Human Geography



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Advanced Placement Human Geography

Angela Justice | Bremerton High School

Room 331 | 360-473-0872

E-mail:

angela.justice@bremertonschools.org



Class Websites:

http://bremertonschools.schoolwires.net/Page/4959



www.edmodo.com

Course Description

AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial 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.



http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-human-geography-course-description.pdf

This is a fascinating class that will introduce you to the spatial world around you and its influences on human interaction and the environment. It is, however, also a rigorous course, as is the case with all college-level AP courses. As a result, you will be required to complete reading and writing assignments outside of class and take notes in class on lectures and discussions. Failure to complete reading assignments and poor note-taking will have a negative impact on your ability to be successful in the course. This AP course is demanding and you can expect exams in traditional AP format, quizzes, in-class essays, research papers, projects, and presentations. You are required to maintain a course binder for notes, assignments, and returned exams. This binder will serve as an invaluable review resource in the weeks leading up to the national AP Human Geography Exam!

Speaking of the exam - the national AP Human Geography Exam is on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Every student enrolled in AP Human Geography at BHS is expected to take the exam. The exam is two hours & 15 minutes long and consists of 75 multiple choice questions and three free-response essay questions. There is a fee of $89 to take the exam (financial assistance is available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch). Students who pass the exam can earn college credit. Exam registration and due dates for the fees will be announced in the spring.

Course Objectives



  • You will use and think about maps and spatial data

  • You will understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places

  • You will recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes

  • You will define regions and evaluate the regionalization process

  • You will characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places  You will prepare to pass the national AP Human Geography Exam.



Class Supplies

Required: 3-ring binder with tabbed dividers Writing utensil(s)

Notebook paper Index cards –or- composition book (for vocab)



Optional: Post-it notes (for text notation) Highlighter(s)

Colored Pencils



Note: Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all students at BHS will be required to maintain a 3-ring binder for all academic coursework. This binder, as well as tabbed dividers, will be provided once a year by the school. Regular, scheduled binder checks will take place in all classes. Ms. Justice will provide a list of items that should be in the AP Human Geography section of the binder in advance of each binder check. These binder checks are formative assessments in AP Human Geography, but will impact the student’s overall grade in Knight Skills (formerly Connections), which is now a credited class.

Course Content

AP Human Geography course content reflects the content of college Introductory Human Geography courses. The AP Human Geography Exam reflects these distributions through multiple-choice questions and free response essay questions:








AP Human Geography Unit

% of AP Exam

Unit Test Date

(subject to change)



Unit 1

Geography: Nature and Perspectives

5-10%

September 24, 2013

Unit 2

Population

13-17%

October 31, 2013

Unit 3

Cultural Patterns and Processes

13-17%

December 20, 2013

Unit 4

Political Organization of Space

13-17%

January 29/30, 2014

Unit 5

Agricultural and Rural Land Use

13-17%

February 28, 2014

Unit 6

Industrialization and Economic Development

13-17%

March 28, 2014

Unit 7

Cities and Urban Land Use

13-17%

May 2, 2014

Class Resources

Textbook: Fouberg, E. H., Murphy, A. B., & de Blij, Harm (2012). Human geography: people, place, and culture (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (ISBN-13: 978-1-118-01869-9)

You will each check out a copy of the course text through the BHS Library. If the book is lost or severely damaged the approximate replacement cost is $110.

These textbooks are NEW (purchased just last year!), so please treat them as you would a newborn child – gently and with great care! A book cover is required.  DO NOT write in these textbooks! If you are interested in writing/highlighting in your textbook you may purchase one of your own (see Ms. Justice for details on how to do that).

Textbook Companion Website: http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=index&itemId=1118018699&bcsId=7014

Supplementary Reading Assignments: Periodically you will be given supplementary reading assignments, such as news articles, data reports, case studies, etc. It is expected that you read these in their entirety and place them in the appropriate section of your binder.

Class Websites: Videos, links, handouts, and relevant course documents will be posted on these sites



  • BHS AP Human Geography Page: http://bremertonschools.schoolwires.net/Page/4959

  • Edmodo: www.edmodo.com



Assignments and Grading

Assignments:

In AP Human Geography you will complete a variety of assignments that will help you learn the content and prepare for reading quizzes, unit tests, and projects. These assignments will include: textbook reading assignments, supplementary reading assignments, in-class notes, graphic organizers, maps, class discussions, group activities, vocabulary flash cards, and other in-class activities.

You should expect to have 1 hour of homework for each hour spent in class. If there is no assigned homework, you should review your notes & vocab, study for an upcoming quiz or test, etc.

Grading:

Grades will be calculated based on the following percentages:



35 % Tests Map tests will be given periodically throughout the year. At the end of each unit there will be a test that includes AP-style multiple choice questions and free-response essay questions. Test scores can be improved with test corrections (due 1 week after receiving the corrected exam). Test re-takes are available only after completing corrections (following the assigned format) and having a conference with Ms. Justice.

30% Projects Throughout the course research projects and presentations will provide you the opportunity to examine geographical concepts and methods in-depth, and to make meaningful connections between these concepts and real world events and experiences.

15% Quizzes On the day that a chapter reading is due, there will be a multiple choice reading quiz. Quiz scores can be improved with quiz corrections (due on the current unit test day). Quiz

re-takes are available only after having a conference with Ms. Justice and submitting corrections (following the assigned format) within 3 days of receiving the corrected quiz.

10% Summative Assignments, Classwork & Homework

Assignments given in class, or as homework, that assess your learning of geographical concepts and ideas could include maps, graphic organizers, case studies, group activities, worksheets, practice free-response questions, study guides, etc.



10% Skills for Success

Skills necessary for success in high school and beyond, such as arriving on time with required supplies, being self-directed, using class time appropriately, giving your best effort, etc.



Student grades can be accessed at any time through Skyward Family Access (EA+) online. If you have any questions about grades, please contact Ms. Justice. Student log-in information can be obtained in the BHS Library. Parent sign-up for Skyward Family Access (EA+) can be facilitated through the Bremerton High School office (360-473-0800).

The standard grading scale for Bremerton High School is as follows:



A

93-100

B

83-87

C

73-77

D

60-67

A-

90-92

B-

80-82

C-

70-72

F

0-59

B+



87-89

C+

77-79

D+



67-69







Absences

Attendance: Attendance is crucial to your success in this class. A majority of this class is based on lecture and discussion. All assignments will be posted daily on the class website. If you do not have internet access at home, use the computers in the BHS Library, check with a classmate, or ask Ms. Justice to see what you missed. It is your responsibility to find out what you need to make up after an absence!

Prearranged absences (such as sports, choir, band, ASB activities, etc.): Students must ask for their work before leaving. The assignment(s) will be due at the same time as everyone else unless otherwise agreed upon.

Quizzes/Tests: It is the student’s responsibility to reschedule any quiz or unit test missed during the year. Due to the rigorous pacing of the course, Reading Quizzes must be made-up within 2 school days, and Unit Tests must be made up within 3 school days. Make-up times must be arranged in advance with Ms. Justice. Due to the amount of material that must be covered during class, quizzes and tests must be made up outside of class time.

Course Expectations and Guidelines

AP Human Geography is an academic class and it is, therefore, expected that an academic environment will be maintained from bell to bell. Your contribution to an academic environment will be to:





  • Be present in class every day, and arrive on time. Arriving after the bell will result in a tardy.  Follow the “Knight Way” and act with Respect, Responsibility, and Safety toward peers and adults at all times.

  • Bring all materials, as required, and be prepared for class with all homework and assignments.

  • Work to your best potential every day, ask questions, and actively participate in class activities and discussions.

  • Practice academic honesty, which includes both honestly answering questions in class and on assignments, and only signing one's own name to one's own work. Students found copying, cheating, or plagiarizing will be subject to the consequences detailed in the BHS Student Handbook.

  • Follow all policies and procedures in the BHS Student Handbook including the Electronics Policy, which states:

Electronics may not be used in classroom/lab areas during scheduled instructional time unless teacher directed [as a] planned part of lesson or learning activity…. It is recommended that students leave all of their electronic devices at home.”

Any non-educational, non-teacher-directed use of electronics will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Bremerton High School discipline code. This means that the electronic device may be confiscated by the teacher and sent to the school office and/or a discipline referral may be written.



Syllabus Acknowledgement Page

Return this page to Ms. Justice by Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Student:



  • I acknowledge that I have read and understand the contents of the AP Human Geography Syllabus.

  • I understand that AP Human Geography is a rigorous, college-level course and I will be expected to challenge myself academically; complete (many) assignments, homework, and studying on my own time outside of class; and take an active role in my own learning.

  • I understand that I am expected to follow all BHS policies while in AP Human Geography class, including the attendance, tardy, academic honesty and electronics policies.

  • I understand that I am expected to come to class each day with the required supplies, materials, and resources.

  • I understand that the majority of my grade in AP Human Geography will be made up of test and quiz scores, in order to be prepared for the national AP Exam in May 2014.

  • I understand that I have the ability to improve my scores on quizzes and tests by completing corrections. I can re-take quizzes and tests only after completing corrections and having a conference with Ms. Justice.

  • I understand that it is my responsibility to obtain missed assignments and schedule quiz and test make-ups due to absences, both excused and unexcused.

  • I understand that I can (and should) access my grade in AP Human Geography through the Skyward Family Access (EA+) website, and that Ms. Justice’s BHS AP HUG website and Edmodo can be used as supplementary resources in the class.



Name _____________________________________ Signature ______________________________________ Date ______________________________________

Parent/Guardian:



  • I acknowledge that I have read and understand the contents of the AP Human Geography Syllabus.

  • I understand that AP Human Geography is a rigorous, college-level course and my student will be expected to challenge him/herself academically; complete (many) assignments, homework, and studying on his/her own time outside of class; and take an active role in his/her own learning.

  • I understand that my student is expected to follow all BHS policies while in AP Human Geography class, including the attendance, tardy, academic honesty, and electronics policies.

  • I understand that my student is expected to come to class each day with the required supplies, materials, and resources.

  • I understand that the majority of my student’s grade in AP Human Geography will be made up of test and quiz scores, in order to be prepared for the national AP Exam in May 2014.

  • I understand that my student has the ability to improve scores on quizzes and tests by completing corrections. He/she can re-take quizzes and tests only after completing corrections and having a conference with Ms. Justice.

  • I understand that it is my student’s responsibility to obtain missed assignments and schedule quiz and test make-ups due to absences, both excused and unexcused.

  • I understand that my student and I can (and should) access my student’s grade in AP Human Geography through the Skyward Family Access (EA+) website, and that Ms. Justice’s BHS AP HUG website and Edmodo can be used as supplementary resources in the class.



Name _____________________________________ Signature ______________________________________ Date ______________________________________

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