Human Geography

AP Summer Institutes at Woodward Academy

June 4‐7

This course will focus on helping teachers prepare to teach a one semester college- level course in Human Geography. 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 AP exam will be addressed. All materials are updated for 2017.


Daily Schedule

Morning Afternoon
  • Historical perspective of Geography, College Board aims
  • Nature and Perspectives of APHG
  • Continuation Nature and Perspectives, Questions of the Day concept
  • Introduction of Demographics and Migration
  • PRB Data Sheet, websites and technology, modeling lesson plans for population
Morning Afternoon
  • 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
Morning Afternoon
  • Questions of the Day
  • Continuation of examples of culture - music (rap, K- Pop, rock and roll, blues)
  • Field Trip, TBA
  • Geopolitics, articles, including unintended consequences of naming issues, ISIS
Morning Afternoon
  • 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

July 16‐19

The Human Geography session will emphasize training in techniques and strategies, some very specific to geography, that are particularly effective in classrooms. These strategies will be presented via the content of the AP Human Geography course so that teachers will receive a number of specific model lessons. Specific instruction in terms of vocabulary, reading strategies, writing techniques, spatial analysis skills, and the use of case studies in instruction will be addressed. We will discuss content highlights of the AP Human Geography course: what must be taught, what is nice to teach, and what a teacher can abandon, in terms of breadth of coverage, in favor of depth. Participants will learn how to develop or improve their own syllabus, pacing, and unit construction. They will learn how AP tests, multiple choice items, and free response questions, are actually written and practice skills for making their own assessments more effective.


Daily Schedule


Overview of the Course

  • Course content
  • Syllabus development and considerations
  • Goals for students/skill development in AP Human Geography
  • Unit planning and effective lesson structure
  • Breadth vs depth in human geography

Teaching the Course Part 1

  • Working with spatial data sets
  • Working with graphs and images
  • Landscape analysis
  • Analyzing maps
  • Reading strategies

Teaching the Course Part 2

  • Vocabulary instruction
  • Using case studies effectively
  • Reading strategies, continued
  • Teaching geographic models

The Exam

  • Free-response questions: in the classroom and on the exam
  • Effective use of multiple choice questions
  • Review of the 2016 exam-student performance and analysis
  • Review of the 2017 exam questions
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