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Stevens, Tim » AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

San Ramon Valley High School
Advanced Placement Human Geography

Instructor: Mr. Stevens Classroom: R44

Course Description: The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course 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 socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards

The year is divided into seven units of study with thirteen different textbook chapters. Each major unit will require students to engage in different learning activities and strategies, including but not limited to lectures, discussion, group work and projects, research, writing assignments, presentations, map work and skills, and tests and quizzes. Below you see a general course outline for the year. Units and the amount of time spent on each unit may vary slightly as the year goes along.

Length of Time
I. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives

Rubenstein Ch. 1
Kuby Ch. 1-2
4 weeks
II. Population and Migration
Rubenstein Ch 2-3, Kuby Ch. 4-5
4 weeks
III. Cultural Patterns and Processes
Rubenstein Ch. 4-7, Kuby Ch. 3
6 weeks
IV. Political Organization of Space
Rubenstein Ch. 8, Kuby Ch. 12-13
5 weeks
V. Agricultural and Rural Land Use
Rubenstein Ch. 10, Kuby Ch. 8
4 weeks
VI. Industrialization and Economic Development
Rubenstein Ch. 9, 11, Kuby Ch. 6-7
4 weeks
VII. Cities and Urban Land Use
Rubenstein Ch. 12-13, Kuby 9-11
4 weeks
Final Exam/AP Test Review
All sources
3 weeks
AP Test Date: May 13, 2016

Instructional Materials: The following items are required for this course.
Primary Textbook: Rubenstein, James M. The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. 11th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2014. Print.
Supplemental Textbook: Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2013. Print.
Three ring binder divided into 7 subsections based on the major units for this course. (see above)
Blue and black pens (required for tests)
Spiral notebook or composition book
School Computer Login and Password
Optional Items
Colored Pencils

Grading Policy: Student grades will be determined using the following grade scale.
89%-100% = A
79%-88% = B
69%-78% = C
59%-68% = D
58% and below = F

A student’s grade is broken down by category, with each category given a specific weight. The following categories and its corresponding weight is listed below.
Homework/Classwork: 15% The amount of homework for this class will vary based on the unit. Students should expect homework 3-4 nights per week, and possibly on weekends.. Homework will consist primarily of reading from assigned texts, as well as assignments designed to practice major concepts or draw out larger ideas. Homework should always be handwritten, NEVER typed, unless specified by Mr. Stevens, or an accommodation has been set up by the student with Mr. Stevens. Any note-taking homework should be done in student composition book.
Class Participation: 5% All students are expected to participate in all classroom activities, whether it is discussion, presentation, review, etc.
Unit Tests: 40% Each major unit will have a summative test. It will include all the major topics and themes of the current unit, plus some review questions from previous units. The unit tests will mirror the format of the AP exam. There will be a multiple choice and free response question(FRQ) section.
Semester Final Exam: 10% The semester final will mirror the AP Human Geography exam. It will consist of multiple choice and FRQ sections.
Projects: 30% There will be a large number of projects for this course. Projects will vary in size and length, as well as style. Students will be asked to demonstrate content as well as certain skills in each of these projects.

Course Policies and Expectations:
Attendance is required by law as well as by me. If you want to be successful in this class, daily attendance is required. Excessive tardies or cuts will be dealt with according to school policy and will negatively affect your grade due to missing important information.
Student participation is expected of all students on a daily basis. Participation includes being prepared with all your materials and assignments properly organized in your binder. There will be random binder checks throughout the semester and participation points awarded for keeping it organized.
Keeping the classroom clean is expected of all students. This requires you to abstain from eating or drinking while in this class. Please pick up your own trash on the way out of the classroom. Take pride in where you spend your time.
Makeup test, quiz, or presentation must be completed within two days of your return to school. Failure to make up the relevant assessment within this timeframe will result in a zero for the assessment. The makeup assessment may or may not match the original assessment. In the event that a cut is reported after the makeup has occurred, the teacher will go back and issue a zero for the relevant assessment.
Homework will be a component of this course. The workload will vary by unit, but is likely to average 3-4 nights of homework a week. Homework should be of the highest quality. This is a college level course, and all of your work should reflect that fact. Have high expectations for yourself, because I do!
Late assignments will be accepted for half credit.
Student responsibility and accountability are a major emphasis for this class. It is the responsibility of the student to know what is going on in this class. In the event a student is absent, they are responsible for all material that they missed. There are plenty of resources for finding out this information.
District Policy:
"District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-base, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded.” Both are considered hate speech. "

Personal Statement:
The nature of this course allows students to study the world around them in an entirely new way. It will lead to a new understanding of our world and the many different people and cultures that live on this planet. As your teacher, I am really excited to take this journey through this new course with you. Let’s get started!