September 5th and 6th, 2013 AP Human Geography Agenda At the

September 5th and 6th, 2013
AP Human Geography Agenda
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Outline a brief overview of the history of geography as a discipline, and include important thinkers in the field.
2. Use latitude and longitude to locate places on maps and globes, and to describe locations to other people so that they
can find places on maps and globes.
3. Discuss key concepts underlying geographical perspectives: location, space, place, scale, pattern, regionalization and
4. Define a “region,” and use GIS to pinpoint and study particular global regions for their geographical features, resources,
and location.
5. Analyze a particular global event (e.g. earthquake in Japan; violence in Syria), explaining its causes and effects according
a. Scale
c. Place
b. Location
d. Global Connections
6. Create and elaborate upon political, physical and thematic maps to explain one particular global event.
Objective #1: We will identify what we know and do not know about AP Human Geography
Part I: Do now (5 minutes): Individual
Predict the 5 Themes of Geography.
Part II: Pre-Test (30 minutes): Individual
THIS DOES NOT COUNT EXCEPT TO GIVE THE TEACHERS DATA! Please do your best and take your time . . .
Part III: Map of the World Homework Discussion (20-30 minutes): Groups/Class Discussion
Please get your maps out. Let’s go over the questions:
1. Are there more land masses in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere? Do you think this is meaningful?
2. Are there more land masses in the Eastern or Western Hemisphere? Where are there more people?
3. Which Quadrant do we live in?
Let’s now add 2 more questions to discuss – answer these on the back of your map, and we will share out:
Define Globalization. Now pick 6 countries – 3 that may have a McDonalds and 3 that may not. What
can this tell you about Globalization.
Population has been increasing – the world has over 7 billion people. Where is it increasing? What
issues does this create? Overall, how will this impact the world? (Has anyone read Dan Brown’s
Part IV: Thinking geographically (most of the rest of class)
We will begin taking notes on our first chapter. You will ALWAYS get a notes sheet – I suggest that you not
lose it.
Part V: Do Later (end of class): Individual
How has Globalization impacted the US?
Homework: None – but we suggest that read a newspaper or watch a news program each day/night.
UpComing Events:
9/10 and 9/11: Continue Themes, Maps, projections, tools
9/12 and 9/13: Regions – Quiz next class on Themes and Maps
Geography Facts
How many countries are there in the world?
This question is a little tricky, because it really depends on who you ask. Well, one may think that the
number of countries would be the same as the number of United Nations members, 191, but not so fast.
Vatican City which is actually a country decided not to join. Okay, well that makes it 192 then. Once again,
some would argue with this, especially the people of Taiwan. Taiwan has basically everything going for
them to make them an independent country except for the fact that some of the major players do not agree
(such as China and the USA). This is because China stakes a claim to Taiwan.
So the next time someone asks you the question, you are pretty safe sticking somewhere between 190 and
193. By the way, until recently that last statement would have read 189 and 192. This is because East
Timor was recently introduced as the newest member
This Day in History
Russia's Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men.
The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.
The Republic of Texas made military hero Sam Houston its first president.
The Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War, was signed at the Portsmouth naval
base in New Hampshire.
1972 Palestinian guerrillas killed 11 Israelis at the Munich Summer Olympics.
1997 Humanitarian Mother Teresa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor, died in Calcutta,
India, at age 87.