About this Course:
This year long class will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alterations of the Earth’s surface. By looking at the relationships between cultural groups and their physical geography it is possible to find relationships that allow geographers to understand better how humans are shaped by their physical world, and change it in turn. We will be looking at different cultural phenomena such as language, religion, and government, as well as issues related to population and movement of peoples across the globe. By examining maps and other geographical tools students will examine correlations between the physical and human world and the interactions that have shaped our planet and human life. This course is designed to increase the students’ understanding of the world and develop their critical thinking skills. Upon completion of this course students will be given the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test for the possibility of college credit.
About the AP Exam
The exam is approximately two hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.
Section I: Multiple Choice — 75 Questions; 1 hour
The multiple choice section tests your ability to use and think about maps and spatial data, your understanding of how the world looks from a spatial perspective, your ability to interpret patterns and processes at different scales, your understanding of regions, and finally, your ability to characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
The portion of multiple choice questions covering each course topic area is:
- Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives (5%–10%)
- Population (13%–17%)
- Cultural Patterns and Processes (13%–17%)
- Political Organization of Space (13%–17%)
- Agricultural and Rural Land Use (13%–17%)
- Industrialization and Economic Development (13%–17%)
- Cities and Urban Land Use (13%–17%)
It is important to remember that this outline is meant to be guide only and should not be considered a complete list of topics or a preferred order of topics.
Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II: Free Response — 3 Questions; 1 hour and 15 minutes
This section requires you to interrelate different topical areas and to analyze and evaluate geographical concepts. Some questions may be based on stimulus material such as verbal description, maps, graphs, photographs, and diagrams. You are expected to demonstrate both analytical and organizational skills in your essays. Remember to answer each question in the way it is structured as points are allocated for sub-parts of the question and not for the overall answer.
Unit 1 -- Intro to Geography
Unit 2 -- Population
Population (Powerpoints based on originals created by Kent Bailey of LVHS)
Unit 3 -- Migration
Unit 4 -- Culture
Unit 5 -- Political Geography
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLxZiiuaXs&feature=kp (Most complicated borders in the world)
https://vimeo.com/50531435 (Dispute over land/history of Israel/Palestine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oTLyPPrZE4 (video on globalization)
http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/GTM (Link to HDI statistics)
Unit 6 -- Agriculture
Unit 7 -- Industrialization
Unit 8 -- Services
Unit 9 -- Urban Patterns
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