There is not a summer assignment for AP Human Geography. Students are encouraged to watch the nightly news and to read a newspaper as often as possible.
AP Human Geography is a year-long course designed to introduce students to the study of geography on a local, national, and global scale. Units of study include:
(1) Nature and Perspectives of Geography,
(3) Cultural Patterns and Processes,
(4) Political Organization of Space,
(5) Agriculture and rural land use,
(6) Industrialization and Economic Development, and
(7) Cities and Urban Land Use.
As described in the AP Human Geography Course Description published by the College Board, throughout the course, students will:
Examine the patterns and processes that have shaped how humans understand, use, and change our physical environment.
Make connections between how humans organize themselves and the resulting impact on the Earth’s landscape.
Learn about and apply the methods and tools that geographers use in their science and practice.
Apply spatial concepts to current events at the local, state, national, and international level.
This course is structured according to the guidelines included in the AP Human Geography Course Description published by the College Board. Each unit of study targets the content area goals described in the Course Description.
A variety of teaching and learning methodologies are used in class, including (but not limited to): discussion, simulations, multimedia activities (including Internet activities and video case studies), lecture, reflective writing, and independent reading of textbooks, news articles and other supplementary materials, and interactive, web-based activities. Students are expected to be engaged and active learners.
Finally, since the content of the course is interconnected with current events and worldwide trends, we take time during most class periods to discuss current events at a local, state, national, and international level and to relate them to our in-class activities. Through this course, students learn not only about the methods and tools of geographers but also have the opportunity to take a broad perspective on many issues currently facing human society and our physical environment.