human geography

NEWS via theguardian: Moana: progressive paean to Polynesia – or another of Disney’s cultural blunders?

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Moana: The Progressive Paean to Polynesia or another of Disney’s Cultural Blunders? This is an article that discusses whether Moana, the Disney movie, is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. Human Geography Application: This would be a good article to step off into a debate among students, whether Moana is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. This would be appropriate when discussing ethnicity, commodification, cultural insensitivities, folk vs. pop [...]

ARTICLE via VOX: 15 before-and-after images that show how we’re transforming the planet

January 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

15 Before and After Images that Show How We’re Transforming the Planet This article includes fifteen aerial images of the Earth and it’s physical transformation as a result of human activity. Human Geography Application: This article would be useful within the Nature & Perspectives unit and the discussion of the importance of new age mapping, remote sensing, and human-environment interaction. You could also swing this if discussing the man-land tradition/human-environment interaction (Pattison and 5 [...]

INTERACTIVE via New York Times: Where Is America’s Heartland? Pick Your Map

January 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where is America’s Heartland? Pick your Map This short interactive has users choose a map that they feel best represents the “American Heartland.” After voting, they will see a tally and an article that discusses the topic of what the Heartland means to other people. Human Geography Application: This would be a good, 2 minute activity to direct students with 1:1 devices after discussing vernacular [...]

VIDEO via New York Times: A Conversation With Asians on Race

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race This video shows Asian Americans confronting stereotypes about their own community. Human Geography Application: This would be a great clip to show while discussion ethnicity. It would play very well with classrooms that have an Asian-American perspective, or to show students that there are stereotypes within other ethnic groups that might otherwise go [...]

Interactive via PBS: Can You Tell Someone’s Race by Looking at Them?

January 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Race: The Power of Illusion Via PBS:  How easy is it to group people into “races” based on appearance? What about using individual traits? Does everybody classify the same way? Try your hand at “sorting” individuals and see if it matches how people think of themselves. Or explore how we might sort people by physical traits. Human Geography Application: After a lecture/discussion about the topic of race, ethnicity, and nationality, have your students complete this PBS interactive. It helps show them what they really don’t know about race based upon appearances. This could be a short 5-minute 1:1 activity on a device that supports flash, or it could stretch an entire block with interwoven discussion on race and [...]


May 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

The 2016 AP Human Geography FRQs are officially released! How exciting and nerdy. Last year I created a collaborative Google Doc where teachers could brainstorm possible responses to the FRQs.  It was so much fun to see a hundred teachers looking at the document at same time, so let’s do it again! Simply open the Google doc and type to edit. Instead of deleting others’ responses, simply use the strike through option if you feel a response wouldn’t be accepted (a reason next to it is always nice). Just because you see 2-3 bullet points doesn’t mean you can’t hit enter to add another possible response. Let’s have some fun collaborating! TAKE ME TO THE [...]

2015 Edition ~ AP Human Geography FRQ and Exam Breakdown

August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

2015 FRQ AP HuGe Breakdown DO2015-FRQ-AP-HuGe-Breakdown-DOCC  <—-To print on multiple pages LINK TO .PNG FILE FOR PRINTING. I really enjoy creating infographics using My 2014 edition was great fun to make and a good lesson in infographics. I would love to implement these more into my class and have students visually depict geographic data. At first glance, good infographics are very clean, effective in their message, and visually appealing. After some thought and attempts, they are not so easy after all. People get degrees in this stuff! A lesson plan on using infographics requires a vision and even maybe some tutelage from an art teacher. Design and color, combined with information can be beautiful. While I am artistically inclined, I am not formally trained. I am sure that a professional would put me to shame, but here is my best attempt at my second edition of the FRQ and Exam Score infographic. Some features are interactive so accessing from the URL [...]

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

RESOURCE: Human Geography FRQ Writing Commands

July 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

After creating the infographic based upon AP’s previous FRQ exams, I created a more user-friendly guide for teachers and students to use in preparation for their exams. I would love to say that these protocols can also work for Ap Gov., Econ, Macro, Micro, Psychology, and U.S. but we can not since these protocols are based off observations of how the Human Geography rubrics scored each command. FRQ Writing Command Protocols-1 Nevertheless, I think they are very good protocols for teaching a student how to answer these types of questions in any class. I received a writing protocol at an AP conference about 6-7 years ago, and I used to hand it out to students. Though a great jumping off point, my students were still fuzzy on what some of the differences were between certain writing prompts and I also think that this guide better reflects the commands that AP Human Geography use through the most current rubrics. How I am using the guide I am currently teaching an AP prep [...]

Observations from the 2014 AP Human Geography Reading

June 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Once again the AP Human Geography reading was a success. I still firmly believe that this group pf 500+ teachers and professors have GOT to be the most extraordinary and interesting people than any other group of readers. The stories that we all overhear while riding up the escalator for lunch are unbelievable and  inspires me to keep pushing to be a better teacher than I was yesterday. Never mind the 1125 free response questions that I graded- this is by far the best professional development that I can ever get. I am very thankful for a productive professional development night, and all of the other “professional development” nights outside of the convention center. After pondering the rubric that we used for grading and discussing it with my table, I decided to do some further research into the previous years and see what types of verbs that the FRQ test requests the students to answer. Some of my findings were interesting and provoked more thought while others were [...]

RESOURCE: Geography Related iPad Apps for the Student and Teacher

August 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to expand my iPad classroom, I am discovering a bunch of content specific apps for geography that will be great to use both in and out of the classroom. Here is a list of the ones I have accumulated on my iPad thus far: CNN: A must for news. TED: A must for inspiration Discovery Education: A must for short clips and full length videos that provide a wide range of topics Google Earth: A must for…Duh… ArcGIS: A must for showing image overlays and from the GIS pros. This is great for helping to show the power of GIS. QuakeFeed: An app that shows recent seismic activity all over the world using maps and a Richter Scale. Living Earth: An app that shows the World Time and Weather patterns on a moving 3D Earth. Wolfram Geography: Wolfram has always been great with providing statistics and fast, but this one is tailored just for geography. Topics range from Physical geography, geology and climate, political geography, demographics, economics, and social statistics. [...]
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