AP® Human Geography

Dear AP® Human Geography Participants,

Welcome to the 2019 AP® Summer Institute in AP®Human Geography at the University of Texas. This week will be structured for new teachers to APHG or those seeking a review of the course and teaching strategies.   The session will include an overview of the content and teacher resources.  Attention to effective teaching strategies supporting the lecture content and building success on the AP exam will be included.  Topics covered will provide in-depth discussion on specific content areas intended to help participants gain a broader understanding of the scale of the topics.   

A special focus on the roles of globalization and development as they apply throughout the curriculum is on the agenda.  New materials and resources will be provided to the course participants.   Participants are requested to bring a laptop if possible, access to your Human Geography textbook and any favorite samples of the role of globalization as it applies to the APHG curriculum, including readings, maps, news articles or other related materials.  We will focus on collaboration, sharing best practices and continued instructional practices regarding the AP®Human Geography will dominate our activities throughout the week.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Explore and process the new Curriculum and Exam Description
  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for successfully teaching an AP Human Geography course
  • Focusing on specific curriculum topics through the use of critical reading, document analysis, essay writing and assessments as defined in the CED.
  • Instructing students to think geographically, spatially and conceptually across the APHG curriculum.
  • Understanding and applying the broad themes that link the course together.


Participants should bring the following:

  • Human Geography textbook that you use; digital copies will be provided by publishers.
  • Questions and ideas that work for you and your students


Agenda Topics for the session:

  • AP Human Geography program and course expectations new to 2019 school year
  • Overarching concepts and focus areas
  • Exam strategies
  • FRQ development
  • Topics on population, migration, gender and culture
  • Topics on development, sustainability, human-environment relationship within APHG
  • Topics on globalization and development geography
  • Case Studies
  • Resources and support


I look forward to our week together and sharing all of our talents and expertise.


Ann Linsley

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Monday, July 22, 2019

  • Participant Introductions,
    • What hope to leave with at the end of the week?
  • The Week ahead- the end goals of the week
  • The 2019 FRQ in review
  • The AP Course & Exam Structure: Understanding by Design (UbD)
    • Exe: Teaching with the End in Mind
  • The Course Content & Skills
    • Exe: Eliciting Course Skills- Looking at the FRQ through the skills
  • The Big Ideas of AP Human Geography
    • Exe: categorizing the topics against the Big Ideas

Afternoon:  practical application with exercises


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

  • The Big Ideas – revisit & present
  • Introduction to The Notebook- CED
  • Understanding the CED-From Big Ideas to Essential Knowledge
  • Unit Guides
    • Exe: Exploring the Course at a Glance & Unit Guides
    • Exe: Finding the “Treasure” in the Unit Guides
    • Exploration of the Topic pages for each unit
  • Discussion of Over-arching themes/ Extended Concepts through Curriculum- connectivity
    • what are they?: scale, place, diffusion, globalization, gender, spatial areas and connections, development
  • Afternoon:  practical application with exercises
  • Infographic project: Connecting Skills with topic to the real world


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

  • Investigating Instructional Approaches
    • Using Instructional Strategies 1: Instr.strategy x topic
    • Using Instructional Strategies II: Instr strategy x unit
  • Concepts models, theories, people..... See charts with models
  • Articles… role of articles…

Afternoon:  practical application with exercises


Thursday, July 25, 2019

  • Formative vs. Summative Assessments
    • Exe: From Formative to Summative, parts A,B,C
    • Exe: Using the AP Question Bank, parts A, B
  • The AP Classroom Platform
    • Digital Activation
    • Units & Practice Questions
    • Units & Personal Progress Checks
    • Formative Practice Questions
    • Dashboard, Personal and Class Progress & Feedback
    • AP Question Bank


Afternoon:  practical application with exercises

  • Present Infographics
  • textbooks
  • Resources for teaching APHGeography


Ann Linsley Ann Linsley is a native of Houston, Texas and has taught at her alma mater, Bellaire High School in the Houston Independent School District for the past 32 years.  She teaches IB/AP  (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement ) Geography and IB Environmental Science.  Ann earned a Master of Science in GeoScience from Texas A&M University in 2006.  She also holds a M. Ed.in Curriculum and GT and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, from the University of Houston.