AP Human Geography Syllabus

Pigeon Forge High School 2017

Mrs. Carrie Bailey

Course Overview

This course will encompass a variety of topics and teaching strategies to ensure that students will be able to participate in the discussion of geographic and spatial organization in nature. Each unit will consist of key words, discussion, notes, readings (from text and current articles), video clips, projects, quizzes, and a unit exam (reflecting the AP exam of multiple choice questions and written responses). Units will include but not be limited to the following topics: geography-nature, population, migration, culture (language, religion, ethnicity, pop/folk culture), political geography, economic development, industry, agriculture and urban geography.

Course Objectives

Texts and Study Materials

The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century series. Video. N.p.: Annenberg/

CPB Project, 1996.

Rubenstein,  James M. The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Course Planner

Unit Sequencing:                                        % on Exam                        Time                        

1. Nature and Perspective                                5-10%                                8 days                

2. Population                                                13-17%                        13 days

3. Culture (pop vs. folk, religion, language)                13-17%                        23 days

4. Political                                                13-17%                        7 days

5. Agriculture & Rural Land Use                        13-17%                        6 days

6. Economics & Industrialization                        13-17%                        9 days

7. Urban Land Use                                        13-17%                        11 days

** I have built in extra days for review and inclement weather**


Daily 2/3

Test 1/3 (unit test will be constructed like the AP exam)

** Nightly readings will come from Rubenstein text**

**You will also be required to join the Google Classroom site and check it daily as I will add additional information**

EXAM DATE:: Friday, May 12

Unit I. Geography: It’s Nature and Perspective

Week 1

Jan. 9

Introduction to Course (reading guide/vocab)

Intro  Mental Map Project

Review Ch. 14

Go over maps

Kuby Table Handout (5 Themes of Geography)

Power of Place—One Earth..


Jan 10

Geographers project

Do maps represent reality by Laura Hebert

West Wing video clip

Map projection ppt

Kuby map projections Handout


Look at maps from space (satellite imagery)

Reading 13-20

Jan 11

Remote sensoring (online maps, census data, aerial photography)

Images of time zones

Notes on time zones

How did some places get there name?

Site vs Situation

(list site factors)

Regions notes

Kuby Activity on region

Baraka video clip

Reading 20-28

Jan 12

Europe Map quiz

What people care about within their region

Kuby Thematic Maps

Map of world-discuss biomes

Work on Mental Map Projects

Reading 28-34

Jan 13

Regions Map quiz

Present Mental Map Projects

Discussion (Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Facebook)

-local fast foods in Sevier Co.

globalization, distribution and density (book ppt)

Gender Space

Reading 35-39

Week 2

Jan 16



Jan 17

Discussion of hearth,  diffusion, time compression

-maps of airline (hearth)

-notes on different types of diffusion

Notes on World Systems

Show students how to answer FRQs

Jan 18

Compare Japan’s physical and population densities- Discussion competition for Metro Tokyo (mountain impact)

Review for Unit 1 Test

Jan 19

Unit 1 Test

-Multiple Choice


Reading 46-52

Main topics covered: Geographers, geographic perspective (site, situation, scale etc.), using maps and making projections to evaluate changes, GPS vs. GIS, satellite imagery

Geographic Vocabulary: built landscape, sequent occupance, cultural landscape, arithmetic density, physiological density, heart, relocation diffusion, expansion diffusion, hierarchical diffusion, contagious diffusion, stimulus diffusion, absolute location, relative location, Environmental determinism, possibilism, formal/uniform region, functional/nodal region, perceptual/vernacular region, scale, spatial interaction, distance decay, space-time compression, geographic information system, global positioning system, map scale, map types (thematic, statistical, cartogram, dot, choropleth, isoline), mental map, projection, remote sensing, time zones


Unit II. Population and Migration

Week 1

Jan 20

Migration notes

why people live in certain areas

2010 World Population Data Sheet and ?’s

Ch. 2 Book ppt

Migration and Environment discussion

7 billion clip

Discuss chart 51

Reading 53-56

Week 2

Jan 23

Gap minder-Life Expectancy ppt

and activity

Hans Rosling

NY Times Global Migration article

CDR, CBR, LDC comparison/


Reading 56-61

Jan 24

Demographic transition ppt.

Label DTM and stages

Compare population pyramids to DMT

Map quiz

Reading 61-66

Jan 25


10 population pyramids and reasoning

Practice MC questions

Jan 26

Present population pyramids

Review DMT

Various articles on population growth around the world  (China, Iran, India, Russia)

Practice FRQ

Reading 66-73

Jan 27

Malthus dicussion

Epidemiological transition  

Malthus and Boeshup ppt

Why are birth declining?

When are women having kids?

Reading 80-85

Week 3

Jan 30

Ch.2 quiz

Push vs. Pull factors

International ppt

Internarial vs. interregional ex.

Migration ppt

Vietnamese Refugees with questions

China’s internal migrants

Reading 85-92

Jan 31

Ppt. China, India Russia

Foreign born (US chart)

National Geographic clip-what people look like

US Immigration ppt

Feb 1

Migration timeline

Who’s coming to America

Unauthorized migration

Ellis Island

Arriving Pregnant article

Morristown TN migration

Reading 92-95

Feb 2

 Newton’s First Law of Migration  (The Gravity Model activity)

Ch.3 ppt

Chromebooks- Ravenstiens 11 Laws

Is the World Overpopulated discussion?

Feb 3

View Power of Place- Population Geography

Discuss Unit 1 test

China Article (birth and population)

NY Times Global migration article

Answer 2000 FRQ

Reading 95-100

Week 4

Feb 6

American history settlements (Westward expansion) Create a timeline

Migration b/w other countries discussion & unauthorized immigrants (Impacts/views)-Morristown Clip

Choloropleth in and out migration

Review for Test

Feb 7

Unit 2 Test

-Multiple Choice


Amish article

Reading 106-111

Main topics covered: Analyzing population through density, distribution, age, sex, race, ethnicity, hazards, Demographic Transition Model, population policies, fertility, mortality, health, theories of migration, push and pull factors

Geographic Vocabulary: age distribution, carrying capacity, cohort, demographic transition model,  dependency ratio, doubling time, ecumene, epidemiological transition model, gendered space, infant mortality, Thomas Malthus, Mortality, Natality, Neo-Malthusian, Overpopulation, population densities, population distributions, population pyramids, rate of natural increase, sex ratio, standard of living, underpopulation, zero population growth, chain migration, cyclic movement, distance decay, forced migration, internal migration, intervening opportunity, migratory movement, periodic movement, place utility, push-pull factors, refugee, space-time prism, step migration, transhumance, transmigration, voluntary


Unit III. Culture

Week 1

Feb 8

Intro Culture ppt.

Folk vs Pop culture chart

Folk vs. Pop culture ppt.

Folk homes images

Amish discussion

Hot Dog program


Reading 111-117

Feb 9

Acculturation vs  Assimilation

Social Customs of the World

Hans Rosling: Regions and babies

Cultural Region discussion

Homes in America

-sacred places/Folk homes

Route 66 ppt

Feb 10

Food preferences

Pg. 112 (Peter Menzel’s What’s for Dinner?)

Culture Collage on chromebooks

Reading 117-125re/sub region

Week 2

Diffusion discussion

Material World for a Week

Images from countries around the world

-discussion of different cultures

McDonald’s-food you can’t get here

Music Project

Reading 125-130

Feb 14

Environmental impact notes (negative impacts)

Dowry Too High Article

List gender roles

Discussion of dialect, vocab, spelling, pronunciation

Reading 136-143

Feb 15

Chpt. 4 Quiz

Does Language shape the way you think discussion?

Mosaic Language ppt.

Crazy English

What kind of English do you speak?

Language Search

Reading 143-150

Feb 16

Notes Language branches

“Do you speak American?” you tube clip

Voices of World ppt.

Who speaks English article

-21 Accents

Draw Indo European tree

Reading 151-156

Feb 17

Color World Map according to dominate language

Language and Religion ppt.


WS-Indo European Family

What’s in a Name?

-Place Names doc./activity

-How states got there shapes

Reading 156-164

Week 3

Feb 20

Inservice Day

Feb 21

Toponymy ppt.

Extinct languages

Spanglish clip

Countries that speak many languages

Pigeon vs Creole

English and internet

FRQ language

Reading 170-176

Feb 22

Chpt 5 quiz

Culture Regions and religion

Religion Project
graphic organizer

Universalizing religions vs ethnic religions

World map of religions

Reading 176-182

Feb 23

Culture Hearth and religion ppt.

Students draw map of diffusion of religions

-list stages

Child Marriage ppt

China has too many bachelors ppt.

Reading 182-188

Feb 24

 Holy Places notes

Cemetary ppt.

-sacred burials

Universal vs regionalism discussion

Reading 188-203

Week 4

Feb 27

Diffusion of religion

Cultural hearth and religion ppt

Power of Place- Sacred, Secular, and States

Practice religion FRQ

Feb 28

Religious Conflict Assignment

Religion quiz

Reading 208-216

March 1

Ethnicity ppt.

U.S. States 1990


Ethnic regions in America

Cry for Freedom

Nightly reading discussion

Reading 217-224

March 2

Introduce Project-international case studies (conflicts)

What is nationalism?

Geography of Gender

State of Women ppt.

Reading 224-233

March 3

Religion Quiz

Power of Place Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada

Assign ethnic conflict project

Week 5

March  6

Work on Ethnic project

March  7

Present ethnic projects

Unit review

March 8

Unit 3 Test

-Multiple Choice


March 9

Music Project

Reading 240-7

Main topics covered: Pop vs. Folk Culture, Acculturation, Assimilation  Diffusion, Language, sense of place, Religion, Culture Regions, Culture Hearths, Ethnicity, Gender-women, Environment, Ethnic Cleansing

Geographic Vocabulary: acculturation, assimilation, cultural adaption, culture core/periphery pattern, Cultural ecology, cultural identity, cultural landscape, cultural realm, culture, innovation adoption, maladaptive diffusion, sequent occupance, adaptive strategies, Anglo-American landscape, architectural form, built environment, folk culture, folk food, folk house, folk songs, folklore, material culture, popular culture, survey systems, traditional architecture, Creole, Dialect, Indo-European languages, Isogloss, Language, Language family, Language group, Language sub family, Lingua franca, Linguistic diversity, Monolingual/Multilingual, official language, Pidgin, Toponymy, trade language, Animism, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Ethnic religion, exclave/enclave,  fundamentalism, Hadj, Interfaith boundaries, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Landscapes of the Dead, Monotheism/polytheism, Mormonism, Muslim pilgrimage,  Muslim population, Proselytic religion, Reincarnation, Religious architectural styles, religion conflict, religious culture hearth, religion toponym, sacred space, Secularism, Shamanism, Sharia law, Shintoism, Sikhism, Sunni/Shia, Taoism, Theocracy, Universalism, Zoroastrianism, Dowry Death, Enfranchisement, Gender, Gender Gap, Infanticide, Longevity gap, Maternal mortality rate


IV. Political

Week 1

March 10

Go over nightly reading

Intro to political geography ppt.

North Korea (isolation) article

Making sense after colonialism

Print maps of Europe pre and post war and discuss

Discuss map on pg  244

Reading 247-254

Week 1

March 13

Polar region discussion

Discussion of Fall of SU

Boundaries ppt.

March 14

How states got their shape?

Book ppt

Draw an example of each type of “states shape”

Fragmented States

Reading 255-256

March 15

Gerrymandering ppt

Patterns of local, regional and metropolitan governance

Unitary vs federal govt

Irredentism, shatterbelt & choke points, supernationalim and devolution

Reading 257-260

March 16

Discussion of cooperation and why

Boundaries (your bedroom-world)

Timeline of events leading up to 9-11

Why boundaries are built


Intro terrorism

Reading 260-268

March 17










Week 2

March 20

Timeline of Terrorist attacks in US and why

Three cups of Tea article

Inside 9-11 Zero Hour clip

Why do states support terrorism discussion

Examples of terrorism around the world

March 21

Quiz over states and shapes

Discussion Irredentism, shatterbelt & choke points, supernationalim and devolution

Practice questions

March 22

Unit 4 Test

-Multiple Choice


Reading 304-314

Main topics covered: Nation State, colonialism, sovereignty, States shape, boundaries, unitary vs. federal state, gerrymandering, terrorism, supernationalism, devolution

Geographic Vocabulary: annexation, Antarctica, Balkanization, Border landscape, Boundary dispute (definitional, locational, operational, allocational), Boundary origin (antecedent, subsequent, superimposed, relic), boundary process (definition, delimiatation, demarcation), Boundary type (natural/physical, ethnographic/cultural, geometric), buffer state, capital, centrifugal, centripetal, city-state, colonialism, confederation, Conference at Berlin, Core/Periphery, decolonization, devolution, domino theory, EEZ, electoral regions, enclave/exclave, ethnic conflict, EU, Federal, forward capital, frontier, geopolitics, gerrymandering, global commons, heartland, immigrant states, international organization, iron curtain, irredentism, Isreal/Palestine, landlocked, Law of Sea, Lebanon, Mackinder, Manifest Destiny, Median-line-principle, microstate, ministate, nation, national iconography, nation-state, Nunavut, raison d’etre, reapportionment, regionalism, satellite state, self determination, shatterbelt, sovereignty, state, stateless ethnic groups, stateless nation, suffrage, supernationalism, territorial disputes, territorial morphology (compact, fragmented, elongated, prorupt, perforated), territoriality, theocracy, treaty ports, UNCLOS, unitary, USSR collapse, Women’s enfranchisement

V. Agriculture and Rural Land Use

Week 1

Label climate and agriculture map

March 23

Intro to Agriculture ppt.

What agriculture is produced in TN?-list fav foods

Discussion of maps and farming 312-313

Differences in  commercial and subsistence farming

Intro Grocery Project

Reading 314-322

March 24

Create a chart-types of farming, what’s harvested, economical?

Types of shifting cultivation

Label climate and agriculture map

Kuby chp 8 ppt

Reading 322-329

Week 2

March 27

Ted video – feeding the world

Environmental issues

Tropical deforestation ppt

Types of farming organizer- Chromebook


Reading 329-333

March 28

King Corn

Discussion-who eats corn Mixing livestock and crop

Organic dairies

Coffee ppt discussion-trivia, humor and capitalism)

Chicken legs/Chicken consumption article


Food and ag ppt

Reading 333-339

March 29

Power of Place- Small Farms, Big Cities

Agriculture Revolutions, bio technology and cross breading, genetically engineered crops, US ag policy and impacts on world

Reading 329-335

March 30

Grocery store projects continued

Von Thunen model


Commodity chains and vertical integration notes

Irredentism, shatterbelt & choke points, supernationalim and devolution

March 31

Unit 4 Test

-Multiple Choice


Reading 344-354

Main topics covered: Prime agriculture land, deforestation, Neolithic, Second and Green Revolution, Environmental issues, organic, Fair Trade, Food production and consumption, regions for certain item (chicken, fish, pork, grains), von Thunen, Commodity chains, Modern agriculture

Environment and agriculture  

Geographic Vocabulary: adaptive strategies, agrarian, agribusiness, agriculture  industrialization, agriculture landscape, agriculture location model, agriculture origins, agriculture, animal domestication, aquaculture, biorevolution, biotechnology, collective farm, commercial agriculture, core/periphery, crop rotation, cultivation regions, dairying, double cropping, environmental modification (pesticides, soil erosion, desertification), extensive subsistence agriculture  (shifting cultivation, slash-and-burn, milpa, swidden, nomadic hearing, pastoralism), Extractive industry, first agriculture revolution, food chain, forestry, globalized agriculture, green revolution, growing season, hunting and gathering, intensive subsistence agriculture, livestock ranching, market gardening, Mediterranean agriculture, mineral fuels, mining, planned economy, plant domestication, plantation agriculture, renewable/nonrenewable, rural settlement, Sauer, Second agriculture revolution, specialization, staple grains, suitcase farm, survey patterns, sustainable yield, third agriculture revolution, transhumance, truck farm, von Thunen


VI. Cities and Urban Land Use

Week 1

April 3

Ch. 11 ppt (book),

Label industrial regions, Intro to project (3 videos)

Discussion bulk gaining/reducing,

Analyze nightly reading,

Create list of bulk gaining & reducing,

Intro to economic/industrial geo ppt.

Reading 354-361

April 4

Location Theory ppt. Weber notes and activity

Textile discussion

Notes- EPZ, NAFTA, Footloose industry, SEZ, outsourcing, just in time delivery,

 The US Role in Changing World activity

Reading 361-368

April 5

Review Unit 5 Test

Ch. 11 quiz

Textile discussion

Clothes project

Chart MDC & LDC

-what makes a country either of those

Reading 274-281

April 6

Go over maps in book

Stainable Development notes

Life in debt video clip

Casino ppt.

Power of Place

-Indonesia Tourist invasion

Reading 281-288

April 7


Chart MDC & LDC

-what makes a country either of those

Pg. 288-294

Week 2

April 10

Create a list of gender roles

Discuss nightly reading

Chromebook- Research gender policies

Reading 294-301

April 11

IMF and Fair trade discussion

-corrections with MDC and LDC

Rostow’s Theory- Chromebooks

Discussion of  4 Tigers, World Trade Organization and Foreign and Direct Investment


April 12

Unit 6 Test

-Multiple Choice


Reading 374-381

April 13

Discuss types of services

Ch. 12 ppt

Draw types of settlements  (list pros and cons)

Define Gatewate City, Great City, Mega City) 385

Reading 381-392

Main topics covered: Industrial Revolution, Local industry, Location of industry, Location of manufacturing to market, Weber, MDC vs. LDC (what’s produced in those countries vs what is consumed), sustainable development, gender roles in development, Rostow’s theory, IMF, World Trade Organization, Changes in America

Geographic Vocabulary: agricultural labor force, dependency theory, development, foreign direct investment, GDP, GNP, Human development index, Levels of development, measures of development, Neocolonialism, purchasing power parity, Rostow, World Systems Theory, Agglomeration, Assembly line production, bid rent theory, break-of-bulk point, Canadian industrial heartland, deglomeration, deindustrialization, economic sectors, economies of scale, ecotourism, entrepot, export processing zones, fixed costs, footloose industry, four tigers, industrial revolution, infrastructure, labor-intensive, maquiladora, multiplier effect, MAFTA, outsourcing, just in time delivery, postindustrial, refrigeration, Special economic zones, threshold/range, transitional cooperation, variable costs, Weber, Bulk gaining/losing


Unit VII. Cities and Urban Land Use






Week 2

April 24

View Power of Place- The Booming Maritime Edge

Central Place Theory ppt

Draw central place theory and label

How far will you travel

Reading 392-399

April 25

Primate city/Rank Size rule ppt

Gravity Model notes

Chromebook- assignment-World Cities, Major World Cities, Secondary World Cities

Reading 406-410

April 26

Ch. 12 quiz

What is a city?

Define a city (local boundaries, population)

Read What is a City?

Squatter and Mega settlement ppt

Reading 410-418

April 27

Label and discuss urban models

Robert Crumb slides

Reading 41*424

April 28

Discuss and label Peripheral and Latin American models

Galatics City model

Power of Place- Cityscapes and Suburban Sprawl


Week 3

May 1

Models Quiz

FRQ from 2005

Reading 424-4734

May 2

Go over nightly reading

Chromebooks: filtering, redlining, urban renewal, public housing, gentrification, underclass)

May 3

Unit 7 Test

-Multiple Choice


Main topics covered: define a city, central place theory, gravity model, urban design, rank size for charter, major world cities, concentric zone model, sector model, multiple nuclei model, patterns for race ethnicity, etc. ghetto, revitalization, gentrification, transportation, suburbanization

Geographic Vocabulary: agglomeration, Bariadas, bid-rent theory, blockbusting, CBD, Central place Theory, Christaller, colonial city commercialization, commuter zone, concentric zone model, counter urbanization, deindustrialization economic base, edge city, emerging cities, entrepot, favela, gateway city, gentrification, globalization, indigenous city, informal sector, infrastructure, invasion and succession, medieval cities, megacities, megalopolis/conurbation, Metropolitan Statistical area, multiple nuclei model, planned communities, post industrial city, primate city, rank size rule, redlining, sector model, slum, squatter settlement, suburbanization, symbolic landscape, threshold, urbanization, world city, zone in transition, zoning