V. Lucas Introduction to AP Human Geography
Dear APHuG Student (especially rising sophomores),
There’s a lot of summer work in this packet, so don’t put it off until the last day before fall semester starts, when you find out whether you have APHuG in the fall or spring. Give it at least two, maybe three days, tops. However, you should at least consider doing the work spaced out over the summer, too. It’ll probably be a better first impression if you do (since it’s the first work you turn in), and first impressions matter in this class. (And pretty much every class. If you turn in a knockout first paper in English, every bad paper you turn in after that will get special consideration.)
But first impressions don’t have to matter too much. If you just do the work, you’ll be fine. And if it’s your first AP class, then seriously, calm down. The summer work asks a lot of hard questions, but Mr. Story doesn’t expect anything beyond your actually ability. Just think and then answer the question. AP classes are just like other classes; there’s no special part of AP classes that makes them dramatically harder than anything else you’ve already taken, they’re only a little bit more work, which I’m sure you’ve figured out already.
The other main thing that sets AP classes apart is the AP exam, but it’s honestly nothing to stress too much about. APHuG will only get you an elective credit in college (if your college accepts it at all), so it’s less pressure than AP Calculus or AP US History. However, if you want to show colleges that you really learned the material, then you can study for it and do well.
Regardless of how well you do on the exam, human geography is a very interesting course, and you’ll learn a lot about the world and other people. Just have an open mind and be thoughtful.
With this in mind, here is your summer work.
In advance of beginning this course this coming fall you are tasked with the following:
Enroll in the APHuG Edmodo site.
Send me an email (email@example.com) with your name as the subject. Send the email from the address you actually check and use. Also, please remember email is still a letter. Please include an explanation of your email in the body. Any, empty email shall meet with deletion. Should you successfully submit your email, I will send you the code to the course site.
Purchase(?) and read: On the Grid- Scott Huler
This book is surprisingly accessible and readable, broadly informative, and specifically focused on some important aspect of geography, specifically at the local (Raleigh, NC) level, as well as the challenges concerning sustainability. You are asked to type a review of your book for a grade. With regard to length, a total of three (3)-typed pages would be considered appropriate.
Please use the following rubric as a guide to how to organize your paper, which should be typed, 1.5 spaced, and no larger than 12-point font (TNR). Label each of the three parts of the paper as follows:
I. Summary—33 points Author's name and background; i.e., what credentials does the author have to make him or her credible. If you use a source other than the book itself, include a bibliography. In summarizing the book, cite important knowledge that comes from the book, interesting highlights, etc. I need to be able to tell that you have actually read the book when you are writing the summary. Please do not speak in simple generalizations but also give specific examples where appropriate.
II. Relevance—33 points How does the book relate to our world today or to your own life experiences? What are the broader themes that we can all learn from? Site specific examples from current events that link to content from the book (you can use book examples as well, but you must link it to something in the world today that is not mentioned in the book). To whom would you recommend the book?
III. Themes of Geography—34 points Please integrate into your book review at least two of the five geographic themes of location, place, movement, region (e.g., U.S. regions; world regions), and human/environment interaction. You will find them on my webpage under the AP Human Geography summer assignment link. I am looking to see that you understand the themes you are discussing and able to use specific examples from the book to explain the themes that you have chosen.
Be comfortable with this assignment; reflect good writing and thinking. That’s what I will look for. Do not plagiarize.
Also AP style requires that you do not write in the first-person pronoun. With the exception of the section on relevance, do not use “I” or write “in my opinion,” etc. If you must refer to yourself, say “This reader…”
Map your rain- create an annotated* map of your house, street, neighborhood , etc…indicating/illustrating where the rain that falls on your house ultimately stops flowing.. It does flow and it does end up somewhere else. Research this and create a map depicting your rain’s journey.
*look it up
4. Map Assignment
Goal: To identify and label important locations and physical features throughout the world in
order to make pertinent spatial location connections.
Materials: Outline maps- available on line or, you may draw your own. You will also need a pencil or pen, and colored pencils to assist in labeling and coloring the given features.
Directions: Using the list provided identify and label all physical features on the physical map
and all locations (countries and cities) on the political map. Additionally, create a map key that
shows a symbol of your choice for the following items: capitals, cities, oceans, rivers, mountain
ranges, and deserts. Use color to differentiate bodies of water (oceans, rivers & lakes, etc),
mountain ranges, deserts, etc. Please carefully select the colors you use to reflect the natural
landscape. Draw all features to scale.
Physical Map Features List
Lines of Latitude & Longitude & “other” 1. North Pole
2. South Pole
3. Arctic Circle
4. Antarctic Circle
5. Tropic of Cancer
6. Tropic of Capricorn
8. Prime Meridian (Greenwich Mean Line/0° Longitude)