AP® Human Geography

This course will focus on helping teachers prepare to teach an AP Human Geography class . Employing a blend of content presentations, effective teaching strategies, and technology, the Institute will provide an overview of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. In addition, strategies to help students prepare for the writing rigor of AP classes will be addressed. All materials are updated for 2018.

Emphasis:

  • The role literature plays in the geography classroom
  • Using current events daily to strengthen critical-level thinking
  • Strategies to create an exciting, innovative classroom atmosphere
  • Incorporating writing methods that actually improve students' skills
  • Tapping your local resources to bring the world into your classroom

Participants should bring the following:

All participants will need to bring a lap top.  Most participant materials will be digital. 

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Monday

Historical perspective of Geography, College Board aims

Nature and Perspectives of APHG

Introduction of Demographics and Migration

PRB Data Sheet, websites and technology, modeling lesson plans

Tuesday

Questions of the Day, Introduction of ESPN and HIE

Articles that complement classroom time and high level-critical thinking skills

Guest speaker, TBA

Discussion of how to use local resources and archives

Introduction of Culture- pop and folk examples

Wednesday

Questions of the Day, continuation of culture- music (rap, K-Pop, rock and roll, blues)

Field Trip- TBA

Geopolitics, articles, including unintended consequences of naming issues; ISIS

Thursday  

Guest Speaker- TBA

Questions of the Day, Agriculture Unit

Articles reinforcing ESPN and HIE, Industry and Economics Unit

Urbanization Unit with recommendations for enhancing student retention of material

APHG Test, FRQ, Resources, Projects, Ancillary materials

 

 

Instructor

Susan Hollier Susan Hollier taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography, and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School for 17 years. She consults for the College Board in Advanced Placement Human Geography and Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography, and is a National Training Leader for SoapStone, as well as having served as a reader for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Qualifying Test. She served on the TEA Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for Social Studies.