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AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

Introduction and Summer Assignment 2014-2015

Mr. Captan, kcaptan@nmusd.us


Introduction: Advanced Placement courses offer college credit; therefore you should expect the AP experience to be at least twice as hard as any class you’ve taken so far. The material, assignments, and sources used in this class are highly academic. Students are expected to read approximately 6-10 pages every night and take daily reading quizzes. Please carefully consider whether you should take this class.


Curriculum: Each unit consists of reading and outlining several chapters, quizzes, primary and secondary source analysis, class discussions, notes cards, and at least one essay. We cover approximately one chapter every two weeks.


Grades: The traditional scale applies: 90% and above: A, 80% and above: B, ect. Tests and quizzes make up 85% of your grade, 15% for notes, miscellaneous assignments, and class discussions.


Textbook Summer Work: Read, outline, and write out the key terms for the first two chapters in the textbook. Also, you will read a pamphlet on writing historical essays.

  • Read, outline, and write out the key terms for Chapters 1 & 2 in your textbook. Also, read the pamphlet on writing historical essays. Notes can be typed or handwritten, but this is not a group project-therefore if I find work that is identical or even too similar to other students, you will be dropped from the class and reported for an honor code violation. Key terms must be handwritten and organized.
  • You will be required to turn these in on the first day of school. If you do not do the summer work, you will be dropped from the class.
  • There will be a test on the summer material (Chapter 1 ONLY) on the third day of school, so most of this material you need to memorize and understand on your own.


Purchase of the Textbook: “The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography” by James M. Rubenstein (11th Edition). Used books of older editions are available online for about $35.00 to $45.00. If you are unable to purchase one, the school will make one available for you at the start of the school year in September. However, so that you can the summer work, please stop by Mr. Captan’s room and pick up a photocopy of the first two chapters. Copies will be available the last week of school.









AP & Honors Letter to Parents


Please read the following information regarding AP Honors courses. Are they right for your child? How much is too much? All your answers are here.

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Crutches or Wheelchairs?

Did you know that PAL students are available to assist your student if they are on crutches or in a wheelchair? If you would like to have a PAL student assist your student to and from class, help them with their books or other tasks that are difficult for them, email ejames@nmusd.us with the name of your student and she will connect them with a PAL student.