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AP Human Geography :. David Joiner St. Andrew’s College david.joiner@sac.on.ca. Writing and Reading . St. Andrew’s College, 2009-10. Travelogue. Writing and Reading. Why write the AP Human Geography exam? Unit Review Exam Format Exam Reading Sample Questions Practice Exam.

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AP Human Geography:

David Joiner

St. Andrew’s College

david.joiner@sac.on.ca

Writing and Reading

St. Andrew’s College, 2009-10


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Travelogue


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Writing and Reading

  • Why write the AP Human Geography exam?

  • Unit Review

  • Exam Format

  • Exam Reading

  • Sample Questions

  • Practice Exam


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Quotes from Students

  • “I’m ‘aceing’ my first-year Geography course, sir. We’re using the same text that we used in your class last year. Thanks a lot!”

  • “My university gave me a first-year credit because of my good standing on the AP exam. I now have more time to concentrate on my other courses.”

  • “Even though my school doesn’t accept AP standings, I was much less nervous during my first university exam.”


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AP Human Geography Course

  • Nature and Perspectives

  • Population

  • Cultural Patterns and Processes

  • Political Organization of Space

  • Agricultural and Rural Land Use

  • Industrialization and Economic Development

  • Cities and Urban Land Use


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AP Human Geography Exam

  • 2.25 hrs; multiple choice and free response

  • 39 878 Human Geography exams in 2008(+37% from 2007; +38% 2006 to 2007)

  • Credit accepted at SFU, Victoria, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Brandon, York, Carleton, Guelph, Toronto (Scar.), Brock, Ottawa, Queen’s, McMaster, Waterloo, Nipissing, Wilfred Laurier, Laurentian, McGill, Concordia, Bishop’s, St. Mary’s, Memorial


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Recent Canadian Exam Statistics

  • AP in Canada

    • 20 273 exams in 2008 (19 258 in 2007)

    • 282 Human Geography exams in 2008

  • AP in Ontario

    • 137 Human Geography exams in 2008

  • 2010 exam Friday am, May 14


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Reading AP Human Geography

  • June 2001

    • 17 readers

  • June 2009

    • Approx. 200 readers in Lincoln, Nebraska


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Reading AP Human Geography

  • Concurrent with AP Chemistry and AP German

  • Extra Activities

  • Great Food


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Pass Another Pile

  • Follow the rubric!

  • Consistency checks

  • Readers, Table Leaders and Question Leaders

  • Sample Responses

  • Suggestions for Students


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Suggestions for Students

  • Read the question

  • Read the question again, looking for

    • Stimulus material (graphs, maps, charts, diagrams)

    • Key words

  • Follow question structure when answering

    • Blank line between sections

  • Each question on a new page

  • Write legibly

  • Use key terms

  • Explain ideas and/or process


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Multiple-Choice Questions

  • As an academic discipline, geography is principally concerned with the

    • nature and meaning of place names.

    • impact of the environment on human understandings and activities.

    • evolving character and spatial organization of Earth’s surface.

    • absolute location of places, peoples, and processes on Earth’s surface.

    • construction of maps that depict places, peoples, and processes as accurately as possible.(see course description booklet for more)


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Free-Response Questions 2007

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1. Von Thünen’s Agricultural Model

The drawings above reflect agricultural activities in the hinterland of a large urban area.

Apply the underlying principles of von Thünen’s agricultural land-use model to predict the locations of the activities shown in X and Y relative to a large urban area.


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1. Von Thünen’s Agricultural Model

The drawings above reflect agricultural activities in the hinterland of a large urban area.

Choose either activity X or activity Y and apply the underlying principles of von Thünen’s agricultural land-use model to explain the location of that activity.


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1. Von Thünen’s Agricultural Model

The drawings above reflect agricultural activities in the hinterland of a large urban area.

Discuss two factors that explain why agricultural land-use patterns today differ from those developed by von Thünen’s model in 1826.


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Practice Exam

  • Available to audited instructors


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1. Nature and Perspectives

  • Dorling Cartograms of 2008 Summer Olympicshttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/04/sports/olympics/20080804_MEDALCOUNT_MAP.html


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  • Dorling Cartograms of 2008 Summer Olympicshttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/04/sports/olympics/20080804_MEDALCOUNT_MAP.html


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Enjoy the World!


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