AP Human Geography 2019 Summer Reading

  • AP Human Geography

    Summer Course Work

    We are excited to have you join our AP Human Geography class this coming fall! As incoming freshmen, this course can be quite challenging. We need to better assist you, students and parents, in this huge transition to high school and specifically, college level course work for AP classes as prescribed by the College Board.

    Our purpose:

    To provide a knowledge base for the course that you will be studying in the upcoming school year.  The summer work will enrich and enhance your educational experiences throughout the school year. 

    Students are expected to read, summarize, and then participate in classroom discussion the first day of class. Completion of summer reading/course work is a requirement for this class. This work comprises the first grade(s) of the semester via an assessment(s) the 5th day of class.

    The summer assignment for rising APHuG 9th graders has two parts: 

    Assignment 1:  ‘It’s a Flat World, After All’ (adapted article from the Thomas Friedman book, The World is Flat)

    Rationale: To introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that has shaped human understanding, use, cultural diffusion, globalization and alteration of our planet.

    1. Please read the article (attached PDF file)…. It's a Flat World, After All - Thomas Friedman, NY Times
    2. Please answer the document based questions that are on the attached Google file. This is optional. However, you will be able to use your questions/answers from the article on the assessment as long as they are handwritten and not typed. (DBQ is attached PDF file)

    Assignment 2:  Maps and World Regions – Online Map Quizzes/Games

    Rationale: Increase understanding of political/ physical geography and significant world regions; students need a strong working mental map in order to be successful in this course.

    1. Assessments will happen weekly the first six weeks of school and possibly more throughout the year. It is essential that you build a mental map of the world.
    2. Studying for map tests takes time and preparation. Listed below are links where you can test yourself online. Study ALL regions, ALL physical features, ALL countries/capitals and geopolitically significant cities.
    3. Online Map Quizzes/Games





    Many changes are coming to AP, including many changes within Lubbock ISD regarding AP. Through College Board, AP Human Geography has been updated to make things clearer for students, reduce scope, and better align with college-level expectations. The framework now outlines more specific skills that AP Human Geography students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like geographers.

    We are looking forward to seeing you and are confident that you’re going to have a successful first year at Lubbock High School. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either one of us.

    Matthew Leesman                                                      Chris Lemmons

    AP Human Geography                                                AP Human Geography

    Lubbock High                                                               Lubbock High

    (806) 219-1682                                                             (806) 219-3843

    matthew.leesman@lubbockisd.org                         chris.lemmons@lubbockisd.org

Thomas Friedman