Mary Galal
Voorhees High School


AP Human Geography is a college-level course that introduces students to the “systematic study of geographic patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.” Human Geography incorporates the concepts and methods associated with several of the disciplines within the social sciences, including economics, geography, history, and sociology. Throughout this course students will employ critical thinking and investigative skills in order to examine the relationships between “human social organization and its environmental consequences” using the tools of a geographer. The course attempts to help students better understand our world and be prepared to answer and act upon the tough decisions our world faces as it strives to function as a global community.

Course Textbook and Resources

  1. Human Geography for the AP Course, 1e; Hildebrant, Lu, Keller, and Neumann (digital text)
  2. Student note binder maintained per teacher instruction and must be accessible in class upon teacher request
  3. AP Classroom created by the College Board
  4. Quiz website for in-class (https://www.quia.com/web)
  5. Albert.io: for student review

College Credit:

In addition to mastering the course content, each student should be prepared to pass the national college-level Advanced Placement Examination in May. Students successfully completing this exam may receive college credit at the university level. AP Human Geography is one of the newer AP courses and students should check directly with the university they are interested in attending as to their credit policy. There is a link to many universities on the College Board student web site. Preparation for this exam as well as course requirements include a balance between learning substantial amounts of factual knowledge and increasing critical thinking skills in a geographic context.

This year the students taking this course have the option to earn college credit from Seton Hall through Project Acceleration by successfully completing the course and final exam after registration with the program.

Extensive supplemental information on the requirements and benefits of AP courses and testing is available at www.collegeboard.com/ap/students

Class Expectations:
  1. Take responsibility for your own learning and your own actions.
  2. Be in class, prepared with all required materials, and ready to work once the bell has rung.
  3. Follow directions the first time they are given and do not interrupt when someone else is speaking.
  4. Be respectful of yourself, your classmates, your teacher, and any visitors to the classroom at all times.
  5. No food, drink, or gum will be permitted in the classroom.
  6. Learning is a cooperative process.  Please plan on participating regularly and please stay on task as to not disrupt personal learning and the learning environment of fellow classmates.
  7. All assignments are to be completed and handed in on time.
  8. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for the assignment.

Cell Phone/Electronics: These are allowed for educational purposes only. You will be able to use these with the teacher’s explicit instruction ONLY. Otherwise, all electronics will be confiscated, even on the first offense.

Notebooks:

As organization is essential to success in any class, students are expected to maintain a notebook specifically for AP Human Geography. Students are expected to keep all handouts and returned assignments as these will be useful tools for studying. Students are expected to get any missed notes from a classmate upon their return from an absence and to see the teacher after school for any clarification of missed materials.

Grading Policy:

Students will be assessed in a variety of manners. Grades are determined by the use of a cumulative point system (points accumulated divided by points offered). Points are then converted to a letter grade as described in your handbook.

It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their grades to ensure accuracy and completion. Parents and students can monitor their grades through Aspen.

Grades:

Please remember that I do not give you your grade, you earn the grades. Grades are not negotiable; I will be more than happy to discuss how students can improve their future work if they desire but will not change previous assignments.

Points to Note:
  • No extra credit will be offered on an individual basis or upon request (students are typically offered the opportunity to complete test corrections to help them learn the material and boost their grade)
  • Marking period grades stand as is (not rounded)
  • Late work is never accepted for full credit or towards the option for test corrections (again if offered)
  • Deadlines are non-negotiable; you must take responsibility for your actions, as well as your lack of action. Forgetting or bad time management are not valid excuses.
  • Scheduled assignments are not extended due to absence. Use Google Classroom to stay on task.
  • APHG stresses new vocabulary, so please make sure you know, understand, and can apply these terms. You will be expected to do more than just define the terms: you must also be able to apply these terms in a meaningful manner.

Assessments:

Group Work/Projects/Presentations: Students are expected to be active participants when working in groups and will be held accountable for their individual contributions. Students who are absent during a group presentation may be required to present their portion of the presentation to the teacher upon their return from school.

Tests: Chapter/unit tests will be announced on the calendar and in class. Tests constitute the largest portion of the marking period grade and will be comprised of multiple choice, short answer, and essay tests. Quizzes, special projects (individual or group), and essays are also graded as part of the test category. Tests will mirror the AP Examination format (two part exam consisting of a multiple choice section and a free-response section). Due to class time limitations units tests will be spread over a two day span.

All make-up tests will be given after school (2:30 – 3:10pm) within a week of student absence. Please be advised that make-up tests will not be the same assessment that was administered to the class as a whole.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given regularly to assess student understanding at the end of each module. Quizzes vary in length and can be given during any part of the class period. There will be announced quizzes and unannounced quizzes.

Test Corrections: if offered, will be done after school in room 315 under teacher supervision. Test corrections are a privilege not a right. Tests and quizzes are comprised of questions from many sources, including AP Central so they are not allowed to leave the classroom. Students will have access for review, analysis, or corrections, but are not allowed to take them home. This is a policy of the College Board and the school does not have the authority to override. If students want to practice or study they should use Albert.io.

Homework:

Homework assignments will be posted on Google Classroom in advance so students can best manage their time and scheduling. The course homework is the reading of text, viewing videos, and note-taking; this work will allow students to be prepared for class presentations and activities.

While the homework itself is not graded, the expectation is that students are prepared for class therefore students must have their homework on time, every time. The opportunity for test corrections may be offered but that offer will only be extended to students who have done their homework on time, every time for the appropriate unit. This includes keeping their notebook up to date (the notebook will be randomly collected and checked for completeness).

Unless otherwise stated by the teacher, homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date assigned. Homework received after the class period will be considered late.

All assignments must be handed in as a hard copy and must be handwritten unless otherwise instructed (this includes student notes) any deviation from this policy will be considered late.

All long-term projects are due on the assigned day whether or not the student attends class. Project presentation days are firm, if you are unexpectedly ill, an immediate email is necessary to prevent any possible deduction of the grade.

Please note: The school provides numerous venues where students can print their work before class begins if the printer at home is not available.

Missed Work Due to an Absence:

Remember this is a college-level course with the same expectations. All homework is posted on Google Classroom with due dates to ensure students stay up-to-date. Work done in class is also recorded in Google Classroom so absent students do not fall behind.

Make up test arrangements can be made with the teacher after class and students can make up missed assessments (this provision is only for assignments that were announced or done in class during student’s absence) after school within the week of return. The school’s policy of make-up time is only for work assigned/ given during the student’s absence.

Failure to make up assessments during the allotted time period will result in a zero grade. Students cannot wait till the last week of the quarter to make up all their missed assessments.

Students who miss class due to cutting will not receive credit for missed class work, tests, or homework not handed in.

In-School field Trips & Events: Students attending school events/programs that take place during scheduled class time need to have the appropriate permission slip signed (this includes Guidance passes); this slip is not informational it is my explicit permission that you may miss class without penalty. Students who fail to have the permission form signed or decide to attend the event despite being told, No, will be considered “cutting class” and will receive a zero for any work done during that class period(s). No exceptions.

Late Assignments: Assignments turned in one day late will receive half credit. After one day, late assignments are no longer eligible for credit. This is a Social Studies department policy and applies to all assignments, including homework, class work, papers, and projects. Late assignments will disqualify student from test corrections for the covered unit test, if offered.

Group Work:

Students will be held accountable for their individual contributions in all group projects. Students who are absent during a group presentation may be required to present their portion of the presentation to the teacher upon their return from school.

Class Participation: Students are expected to be active participants in class, which includes: contributing to class discussions and activities, demonstrating preparedness through completion of assigned readings and homework, and maintaining an organized and up‐to‐date class notebook.

Work done in class must be submitted by the end of class the same day, unless otherwise instructed. Work taken home will receive a zero.

Semester /Final Grades:

Grades will be determined according to the calculation and grading scales set by the North Hunterdon – Voorhees High School District.

Classroom Conduct:

Students are expected and required to arrive prepared (have all necessary materials such as: textbook, notebook, homework, pen, etc.) each day for class and conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous, and tolerant manner as per the discipline policies of the North Hunterdon–Voorhees School District. Disruptive and disrespectful students will receive detention and may be referred to the school administration for disciplinary action. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classroom.

Plagiarism:
  • Plagiarism and/or cheating of any kind is considered a most serious offense.  Should a student be found guilty of plagiarism or cheating, the student will receive an immediate ‘0’ for the assignment.  In addition, the student will be referred to the administration to address this violation of the school’s academic code.
  • Should a student not understand something the student should not copy another person’s work, rather it is in their best interest to address the issue with the teacher as soon as possible.
  • Bibliographies and proper citations are required at all times.
Extra Help:

I will be available most days from 2:30 ‐ 3:10, depending on my professional schedule, in Room 315. This time is specifically set aside for students to meet with teachers; please do not hesitate to see me if you have any questions. Other times can be arranged by appointment.

Parent ‐ Teacher Contact:

Parents with questions or concerns should contact the teacher at mgalal@nhvweb.net or (908) 368‐2199 ext. 2089.

In order to maintain a fair playing field and support the success of all students I cannot accept excuses or make exceptions to these policies.