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Recommended Websites:
AP Central
World Maps
United Nations
Country Watch
National Geographic
Population -
Reference Bureau
Smithsonian Institute
Worldwatch Institute
World Health Organization
CIA World Factbook
US Census Bureau
US State -
Federal Agency - Statistics
US Geological Survey
Association of - American Geographers
World Trends
The World Game

Language Laws

Travel Language
Agricultural Atlas of the United States
Calculate Distances
Geography Quizzes
Geography Olympics
Soda vs. Pop


The Advanced Placement course in geography gives high-ability students the opportunity to earn college credit in geography while still in high school. More importantly, the content of an AP Geography course helps students develop critical thinking skills through the understanding, application and analysis of the fundamental concepts of geography. Through AP Geography, students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earthís surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. Students will meet the five college-level goals as determined by the National Geographic Standards.  They also learn the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

The AP Examination in Human Geography is approximately two hours long, and consists of a 60-minute multiple-choice section and a 60-minute free-response section. Each portion of the examination will account for 50% of the studentís final score.

In preparation for the AP Geography examination, this course will be divided into eight sections: nature & perspectives, population, culture, politics, agriculture, urbanization, industrialization, and environmental/social issues. There will be approximately three to four tests per trimester, as well as a trimester exam. Grades will be based on test scores, quizzes, projects, and class participation.

All students enrolled in AP Human Geography will take a benchmark examination at the beginning of the year to illustrate how much they will learn throughout the year.

Required Text:
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: CULTURE, SOCIETY, AND SPACE, 7th ed. H.J. de Blij and Alexander B. Murphy. John Wiley and Sons, 2003. This text includes a student companion and study guide.

Supplementary readings (on reserve at the Pine Crest Library):
Donít Know Much About Geography, 2d ed. Kenneth Davis.

Recommended Study Guides:

Student Atlas of World Geography, John L. Allen.  McGraw Hill College Div; ISBN 0072285680. 1999.
Geography Coloring Book, Wynn Kapit.  Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0321032810. 1999.



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