Summer Assignment 2019 (NOW LIVE!)


Greetings! Welcome to AP Human Geography!


We recognize that no one enjoys summer work. We could ask you to find the best pizza in Richmond and to write a paper about it, and someone would complain. This assignment is meant to prepare you for success in a rigorous course, and its completion indicates that you are serious about the course and well-suited to the advanced level of work. While the assignment isn’t due until September 5/6 regardless of your grade level, completing it over the summer ensures that you can spend the time on it that it deserves and that you will be able to ask any questions that arise as you work. If you don’t complete the assignment before school starts, you will have a significant amount of homework during the first days of school in addition to activities, assignments, and projects you will be assigned during this time. You will quite likely fail the first nine weeks if you do not complete the assignment.

#1: TED TALK ANALYSIS Listen to, reflect on, and write about four  different TED talks on related to topics in human geography. Click on “explore” on the site to see a list of subjects. Suggested topics include gender inequality; agriculture; migration or immigration; ethnicity; political geography; economy; and cities. You are not limited to these; as long as you can fulfill the written assignment using the talk, the talk will be appropriate for the assignment.

You will use one of the 18 National Geographic Society’s education standards to analyze the TED talks you selected from a spatial perspective.

Your analysis will be typed using complete sentences and will include the following: the title of the talk, the speaker’s name, and the full URL at which the talk can be found; an explanation as to why something specific the speaker said was thought-provoking (quote the speaker and explain your reaction or response); and a geographic analysis. Specify which National Geographic Standard, such as the physical and human characteristics of places, you are using to analyze information in the talk, and explain how you believe information in the talk relates to that standard. Please note that the talk may fit more than standard. The one you identify will guide your analysis of the significance of the information in the talk. Conclude  with a sentence or two explaining the significance of information in the talk. This could include, but is not limited to, predicting consequences or effects of the information in the talk on particular people or places; offering a contrasting viewpoint; speculating about cultural values that are revealed by the information; or making a personal connection to the event. Read about each of the standards in detail by visiting the following URL:

Summaries and analyses must be typed and printed on the front side only of the paper. Please use spell-check and proofread for standard conventions. Emailed work will not be accepted. Type using 11 point Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman with ½” margins, and single-space.

#2 Unit 1 Reading Guide: In order to hit the ground running it is important that you complete the first chapter’s reading guide before school starts. A PDF version of Chapter 1: Geography – It’s Nature and Perspectives is attached below and comes directly from the Rubenstein’s The Cultural Landscape, 11th ed.

Appendix and Glossary

Chapter 1 Basic Concepts

Guided Reading 1, Guided Reading 2, Guided Reading 3

#3 Map Packet – You will be responsible for learning and memorizing all 195 countries in the world over the course of the first nine weeks. Starting at the end of September we will begin our map quizzes, with the exception being the 50 states quiz you will take during the 2nd week of school.



We look forward to meeting and working with each of you as we study this fascinating world of ours! If you have any questions, please email us at:,, or tweet @CosbyAPHuGs  #chsAPHUGsummer


Christopher Tucker and Anne Canipe, APHuGs teachers at Cosby High School.

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