AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY - 11th or 12th Grade - Moderately difficult
Homework 3 hours weekly/1 hr per class meeting . Grading Exams, notes, & some assignment/projects.
PREREQUISITES Students must have satisfactorily completed the previous year's coursework and have an interest in a fascinating elective that is not homework intensive.
COURSE DESCRIPTION The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of the patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
- Use and think about maps and spatial data
- Understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomenon in places
- Recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes
- Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process.
- Characterize and analyze the changing interconnections among places
- Prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement exam
- Build their reading, writing, note-taking and discussion skills
- Develop their critical thinking skills. They will become aware of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any theory without careful, objective evaluation
This course pairs well with AP Environmental Science.
AP PSYCHOLOGY - 11th or 12th Grade - Difficult • Homework: 30-60 minutes nightly. Grading: Notebook- daily reading notes, lecture notes and film notes -25% • Assignments- in class and homework -25% • Exams & Quizzes -50%.. Participation- aesthetics and effort: not a separate grade/incorporated into all work and class participation.
Students will study major core concepts and theories of psychology. They will be able to define terms and use these terms in their everyday vocabulary. Students will learn the basic skills of psychological research. They will be able to devise simple research projects, interpret and generalize from their results and evaluate the validity of research reports. Students will be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives. They should be able to recognize psychological principles when they are encountered in everyday situations. Students will develop their critical thinking skills. They will become aware of the danger of blindly accepting or rejecting any psychological theory without careful, objective evaluation.
Students will build their reading, writing, note-taking and discussion skills. learn about and abide by the ethical standards governing the work of psychologists, and will prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement exam.
AP EUROPEAN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION II - 12th Grade - Grading: Vocabulary and comprehension quizzes, ongoing discussion assessments, formal reading logs, and explications of texts will be the primary means for evaluating participation and preparation. Timed Writes will be assigned weekly. Reading logs should be completed along with each reading assignment (after each class meeting) and will be checked sporadically. Vocabulary quizzes (terms taken from the week’s readings) may be given at the week’s end. MajorAssignments (Essays, AP-Practice Tests, Scored Timed Writes, Explications of Text, & Major Projects): 45%; Minor Assignments (Homework, Quizzes, Un-scored Timed Writes, In-class written work, & Reading Logs): 35%; Participation, Attendance, and Preparedness: 20%.
Students will be introduced to a wide array of texts from across Europe. Using novels, short stories, poetry, film, electronic media, and the visual arts, students will become increasingly familiar with the role of literature in the rich history of Pre-Romantic through Post-WWII Europe—including the ways by which individuals and texts from various countries share common themes, beliefs, and values, while possessing unique customs, traditions, and literary styles.
LGBTQ STUDIES / ETHNIC STUDIES