AP Human Geography

Welcome to AP Human Geography with Mrs. Bailey!
AP Human Geography's purpose is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscapes analysis to examine human organization and its environmental consequences. They will also learn about and use the methods and tools used by geographers in their science and practice. This is not a "mapping class"; however, students will need a basic understanding of where countries and regions are located around the world. (Source: AP Geography Workshop Handbook)

We are currently working on:

 Units of Study
 Unit 1: Geography- Its Nature & Perspective
Unit 2: Population
 Unit 3: Cultural Patterns & Processes
 Unit 4: Political Organization of Space
 Unit 5: Agricultural & Rural Land Use
Unit 6: Industrialization & Economic Development
 Unit 7: Cities & Urban Land Use
 AP Exam Review

AP Human Geography Summer Assignment (2018)

posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:01 AM by Mrs. Bailey

“Why Do We Have to Do This?"

-A Message from Mrs. Bailey & Mr. Brosnan


How many times have you asked yourself this question (or it's cousin, the "Why Do We Need to Learn This?")? We’re guessing it's been a few times during your school career - probably more. It's a valid question. Human Geography is a very diverse course, meaning it involves a wide range of topics. If you read the book and complete the analysis as we ask you to, you WILL come into class with a better understanding of how to apply the concepts of human geography to the real world. So this assignment really is to help you do better in the course. We guarantee this.



You are to read the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. This book is available in most public libraries. It is also available in nearly every bookstore in the area and through Amazon.com. This book deals with the origin of the civilizations in the world and why some societies in Asia, Europe, and North Africa had an advantage over societies in the sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and Australia.





As you read the book, look for any recurring themes that deal with economic, socio-cultural, political, or environmental issues, and explain at least three instances of each ESPeN element. Each instance should be supported by a quote from the text (include the page number of the quote). It is strongly suggested that you take notes while you read as this is an important skill that you will need to develop while taking AP Human Geography. ESPeN is an acronym for Economic, Socio-Cultural, Political, and eNvironmental. What you’re looking for under each category:


·        Economic: Who is profiting economically? How is the economy impacting or being impacted by the issue? (wages, jobs, stock markets, businesses, consumers, government contracts, outsourcing, taxes, unemployment, job opportunities, fair trade, etc.) What is the financial status of the book’s subject(s)? How does that status effect their lives?

·        Socio-Cultural: How do issues in the book impact society? What social & cultural elements (behavior, communication, beliefs, religion, education, language, technology, customs, traditions, food, dress, art) are impacting or impacted by the issue?

·        Political: How is the government responding or creating issues discussed in the book? Are the people communicating with their leaders about change? Are the people oppressed by the government? Are laws unjust, changing, being challenged, etc.? What are authorities or people in positions of power doing about the issues?

·        eNvironmental: How does the issue impact the environment? How does the environment influence the situation? What are other connections between the issue and the surrounding environment? How does the physical geography affect events in the book?


The ESPeN analysis of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies should be single spaced, 12-point font, and should include references to page numbers when quoting or referring to Diamond’s book. The writing assignment should be done through Google Docs and shared with Mrs. Bailey (mary.bailey@dpsnc.net) or Mr. Brosnan (graham.brosnan@dpsnc.net) ALL WORK IS TO BE ORIGINAL AND DONE INDEPENDENTLY.


In addition to the writing assignment, during the first week of classes, students will have a reading quiz based on Jared Diamond’s book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies.

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