Ms. Mathew’s AP Human Geography
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:15-3:15
Course Description: The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
This is an Advanced Placement course and the culminating assessment is the AP Exam which will be given on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Students who earn a passing score on the exam may earn college credit for the course. Furthermore, students who sit for AP exams are more attractive to college admissions boards, more prepared for college success, and are more likely to earn a college degree in four years. All students enrolled in AP classes should plan to sit for the exam in May.
As a college-course, AP Human Geography includes a considerable about of reading and writing. Students intending to earn an A or B in the course should anticipate several hours of coursework at home per week, including additional review and study as the AP Exam approaches.
The course outline includes the following topics and they’re weighting on the AP exam:
Thinking Geographically 8-10%
Population and Migration Patterns and Processes 12-17%
Cultural Patterns, and Processes/Gender Issues 12-17%
Political Patterns and Processes 12-17%
Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes 12-17%
Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes 12-17%
Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes 12-17%
- Grade categories are:
- Assessments/Projects 60%
- Classwork 20%
- Final Exam 20%
- Semester grades will be rounded up to a higher letter grade only in the case that the final percentage is within .5% of higher letter grade.
- Zeroes will be entered for assignments that are not submitted; thus, missing work will significantly impact a student’s grade.
- Late work may be submitted up to 5 days from the due date and may be penalized 20% of the earned grade.
- Test retakes are not offered, but sometimes corrections may be completed with conditions. The conditions for test corrections are as follows:
- Corrections are NOT permitted on map quizzes and vocabulary quizzes.
- Corrections must be completed within one week of receiving the graded test back.
- Corrections may recover up to half of the missed points from the original score.
- Corrections must be written on a separate sheet, indicate what the correct answer is and explain what was wrong with the original response and how the student knows what the correct answer is.
- Some assessments are protected and cannot be sent home, so corrections may have to be completed in the classroom before or after school in these instances.
- Parents and students can check grades online through ParentVue/Student Vue.
School and Classroom Policy *Any and all HUSD policies outlined in the code of conduct will be honored and enforced.
- MLA format must be used for all work. Include the following information in the top left corner of each assignment.
APHG – Class Period
Day Month Year
- Papers should be clean, undamaged, and unfolded. Fuzzy notebook edges should be removed.
- Stapled pages should be stapled once, along the left-hand edge of the page.
- Write in complete sentences, always. Grammar and spelling matter, always.
- Complete all assignments in full. Partial work will not necessarily receive partial credit.
- Maintain academic honesty at all times. Plagiarized assignments will earn a zero.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Students are expected to do their own work unless otherwise instructed and are expected to cite material where appropriate.
Cheating can be described as, but is not limited to-
- Copying another’s work with or without permission.
- Working in a group unless explicitly told to do so.
- Using “crib notes” on tests, quizzes or other assessments.
- Securing answers for tests from others who have already taken a test.
- Using notes or a book when they have not been permitted.
- Passing off another’s work as your own.
- Using the cell phone, earbuds, or smart watch or other tool to access information or communicate with others during the test.
Computer and Internet Requirements:
Assignments for this course will require computer, Internet, and printer access. The textbook and College Board materials are all online, and I use CANVAS to post assignments, videos, and other classroom resources. Students will have to prepare documents, presentations, and utilize many online resources. The HHS Media Center and school computer labs are available for students before and after school. Computer, Internet, or printer issues are not generally accepted as excuses for failure to submit work or produce it according to the requirements of the assignment.
To maintain cleanliness and an academic environment, the following district rules will be enforced in my classroom:
- Absolutely no food or drink, except for clear water, allowed in the classroom, and students are not allowed to chew gum or candy in the classroom.
- All students will be asked to remove hats while in the classroom.
- Cell phones and earbuds are to be turned off and put away unless students are asked to use them for educational purposes
Controversial Issues, Topics & Discussions
Because of the nature of the course there are standards and objectives that are controversial and will be discussed in class. To maintain a quality learning environment, the following guidelines will help us maintain a quality learning environment.
- Be sensitive to the beliefs and experiences of others and choose your language thoughtfully
- No sarcastic comments or other ‘put-downs’ will be tolerated
- Everybody has the right to speak and to be heard and be taken seriously
All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Higley High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.
School policy is that students may not leave the classroom during the first and last ten minutes of the class period. Students are expected to be in class during the entire class period except in case of an emergency. Students who need to leave to see the nurse, use the restroom, run an errand, etc…must ask for and receive permission before they leave, sign out on the classroom log, and return as quickly as possible. Disciplinary action will be taken for students who abuse their time out of the classroom.
Students should make every effort to use the restroom during passing periods or at lunch. Students should ask for permission (students will rarely be given permission to leave in the first or last ten minutes of the class period), obtain the teacher’s signature, sign out on the log in the classroom, and sign back in when they return. Students are to use the water fountains and restrooms that are closest to the classroom in the 200 building; they are NOT to leave the building for any reasons or go anywhere other than where they have been given permission to go.
All students are expected to report to class on time every day. Having “checked in” or dropped off a backpack in the classroom does not mean the student is on time for class. Students who are not in the classroom when the bell rings will be marked tardy.
1st tardy is a reminder
2nd tardy is a phone call home
3rd tardy is ASD (after school detention) with the classroom teacher
4th tardy is an office referral
- If a student is absent with an excused absence though the attendance office they will have as many days absent to make up the work without penalty.
- It is the student’s responsibility to find out what he or she missed due to absence and to make arrangements to make up the work. Resources for finding out what was missed include CANVAS, information written on the board, other students, and the teacher by email or in person.
- If a student is absent and it is unexcused, a penalty up to and including no credit for the work missed may be enforced.
- It is to the teacher’s discretion to accept any late work that is turned in after a due date.
- Projects due on the date of an absence are still due, even if the student is absent from class. Make-up time does not apply to work assigned prior to the absence. Arrangements should be made to ensure the work is submitted on time. Consideration may be given for extenuating circumstances. (Extenuating circumstances do not include running out of printer ink, suddenly discovering a faulty printer, having computer issues, the Internet going down at your home, staying up until two in the morning only to have your computer crash, etc.).
In the case of a behavioral or academic concern, the following steps will be taken:
- Conference with student (possible parent communication)
- Parent communication
- Assign After School Detention
- Parent conference (may involve counselor/administrator)
- Referral to administration
- Grade categories are: