Assignments for Week Ending October 26

Read this chapter from Durant on Plato and be prepared for a quiz on the material by Friday

US History

AP HG Course Motherload

For an excellent 80-page course overview and test prep guide download the pdf Hard copies are available upon request

US History

This Week in Class: Political Geography

The Political Geography section covers covers one week of class time (suggested) and begins with defining some basic concepts regarding the structure of governments and the differences between power and authority. Types of governmens are discussed, then we examine how geography impacts the nature of states. The forces that act on states are discussed (centripetal versus centrifugal) and important models like Core-Periphery, Rimland and Heartland are introduced. The geography of states is also crucial for undrstanding boundaries and boundary disputes.

The Political Geography section contains three separate days:
Day 1: Political Science explains the history of political thought.
Day 2: Political Forces explains the forces at work in state formation.
Day 3: Political Conflicts examines how boundaries impact state relationships.

Unit Lesson Plans

The structure of this site begins with top-level units, each unit containing about three weeks worth of class material. Go to each unit's home page to see a further breakdown into week-long sections and then daily lesson plans, along with activities, assignments and other resources.

  • Course introduction, including basic ideas and the 5 themes: place, region, location, human interaction with the environment and spatial movement.
  • The analysis of population trends and characteristics (demography), with an emphasis on predicting future occurrences based on current data. 
  • Culture both shapes and is shaped by the environment. This unit examines culture through the lens of language, religion, music, food and architecture. 
  • The relationships between peoples, states and territories and a look at how political processes can be impacted by the environment and physical landscape. 
  • A history of agriculture and an examination of rural land use patterns. Special emphasis given to modern topics like agribusiness, sustainability and gmo's. 
  • Analysis of urban land use, industrialization and economic development. City types, city characteristics, models of city growth and urban trends are emphasized.