Human Geography

Course Description:

The Human Geography Institute focuses on both the initial development of a course and the continued development of existing programs. The week will consist of content lectures, model lessons, discussions of strategies for teaching the course, and ways to prepare students for the AP* Human Geography exam and field work. The following objectives drive the week’s activities:

• Increase participants’ content knowledge of Human Geography
• Improve geographic reasoning of students and participants
• Familiarize participants with texts and other resources
• Discuss effective implementation of the Human Geography course
• Review the content, structure, and scoring of the AP exam
• Build a collaborative network with other Human Geography teachers
• All major topics in the Human Geography course CED will be covered.
• Participants will leave with classroom tested strategies, activities
and lessons for AP Human Geography
• Address issues of access and equity
• Become aware of the whole College Board support system
• Discuss how to develop and modify your new or existing syllabus
• Participate and learn how to develop field studies for AP Human Geography

Palmer letter to participants 2020

What to Bring:

Please bring a flash drive (min 4GB), a copy of your syllabus, a successful lesson to share (if experienced), some ideas or materials to develop a lesson, and a copy of your textbook (if you have one yet). Review your textbook and preview the Course Exam Description (CED) for AP Human Geography on AP Central.

Schedule (subject to change):


MONDAY, (M) Introductions – Your must haves for the week
Overview of course – Goals of the course “How to Think Like a Geographer”

MONDAY, (A) Population Unit and applied lessons and activities
Possibly start Culture unit

TUESDAY, (M) Complete Culture Unit – applied lessons and activities Political Geography Overview- applied lessons and activities

TUESDAY, (A) Overview and introduction to field work in the AP Human Geography course (HW- Complete Field Experience) Discuss FRQ writing and strategies- however FRQ and MC discussion will occur throughout the week

WEDNESDAY, (M) Economic Geography: Agriculture, Industry and Economic Development unit overview and lessons

WEDNESDAY, (A) Finish Economic Geography Unit and start Urban Geography Unit Overview

THURSDAY, (M) Complete Urban Geography Unit lessons and activities

THURSDAY, (A) Participants input on classroom strategies/projects/field work ideas and share field experience observations and conclusions. Evaluations


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography

David Palmer has taught Social Studies at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School district for over 20 years and currently teaches AP* Human Geography, World Geography and World History. Each year Eaglecrest has nearly 200 students take AP Human Geography grades 9-12. David is a Colorado Geographic Alliance Teacher Consultant, College Board Consultant, 2012 NCGE Distinguished Geography Teacher Award winner and is a table leader during the scoring of AP* Human Geography exams. David has taught and presented at numerous institutes and conferences in the United States, China, India and Japan. He was one of the authors and senior consultant of Human Geography: Preparing for the AP Examination (Perfection Learning). David has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters from Colorado Christian University.

David Palmer