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UNIT I

Text -
Strayer

Suplementary Material Media and Projects
Links

AP Central
World Maps
United Nations
Country Watch
National Geographic
Population -
Reference Bureau
Smithsonian Institute
Worldwatch Institute
World Health Organization
CIA World Factbook
US Census Bureau
US State -
Department
Federal Agency - Statistics
US Geological Survey
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World Trends
The World Game
Earthlights

Language Laws

Travel Language

 

I. Technological and Environmental Transformations (to 600 B.C.E.)

5% of the AP Exam

 

Key Concept 1.1 — Throughout the Paleolithic era, humans developed sophisticated technologies and adapted to different geographical environments as they migrated from Africa to Eurasia, Australasia, and the Americas.

Key Concept 1.2 — Beginning about 10,000 years ago, some human communities adopted sedentism and agriculture, while others pursued hunter-forager or pastoralist lifestyles—different pathways that had significant social and demographic ramifications.

Key Concept 1.3 — The appearance of the first urban societies 5,000 years ago laid the foundations for the development of complex civilizations; these civilizations shared several significant social, political, and economic characteristics.

 

Chapter 1
First Peoples; First Farmers

Chapter 2
First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Societies


 

 



 

UNIT II

TEXT SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL MEDIA & PROJECTS

II.Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies (c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E.)

15% of the AP Exam

Key Concept 2.1 — As states and empires increased in size and contacts between regions intensified, human communities transformed their religious and ideological beliefs and practices

Key Concept 2.2 — As the early states and empires grew in number, size, and population, they frequently competed for resources and came into conflict with one another.

Key Concept 2.3 — With the organization of large-scale empires, transregional trade intensified, leading to the creation of extensive networks of commercial and cultural exchange.

 

 

Chapter 3
State and Empire in Eurasia/ North Africa

Chapter 4
Culture and Religion in Eurasia/ North Africa

Chapter 5
Society and Inequality in Eurasia/ North Africa

Chapter 6
Commonalities and Variations: Africa, the Americas, and Pacific Oceania

 

 

 

 

 

UNIT III

TEXT SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL MEDIA & PROJECTS

III. Regional and Interregional Interactions
(c. 600 CE to 1450)

3A: Commerce, Islam, and Christendom

3B: China, the Mongols, and the 15th Century

20 % of the AP Exam

 

Chapter 7
Commerce and Culture

Chapter 9
The Words of Islam: Afro-Eurasian Connections

Chapter 10
The Worlds of Christendom: Contraction, Expansion, and Division

Chapter 8
China and the World: East Asian Connections

Chapter 11
Pastoral Peoples on the Global Stage: The Mongol Moment

Chapter 12
The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century

 

 

 

UNIT IV

 

TEXT SUPPLEMENTARY
MATERIAL
MEDIA & PROJECTS

IV. Global Interactions
(c. 1450 to c. 1750)

13-17% of the AP Exam

A.  Territorial dimensions of politics

1. The concept of territoriality

2. The nature and meaning of boundaries

3. Influences of boundaries on identity, interaction, and exchange

B.  Evolution of the contemporary political pattern

1. The nation-state concept

2. Colonialism and imperialism

3. Federal and unitary states

C.  Challenges to inherited political-territorial arrangements

1. Changing nature of sovereignty

2. Fragmentation, unification, alliance

3. Spatial relationships between political patterns and patterns of ethnicity, economy, and environment

4. Electoral geography, including gerrymandering

 

Chapter 13
Political Transformations: Empires and Encounters

Chapter 14
Economic Transformations: Commerce and Consequences

Chapter 15
Cultural Transformations: Religion and Science

 


 

UNIT V

 

TEXT

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL

MEDIA & PROJECTS

V. Agriculture and Rural Land Use
 

13-17% of the AP Exam

A.  Development and diffusion of agriculture

1. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution

2. Second Agricultural Revolution

B.  Major agricultural production regions

1. Agricultural systems associated with major bio-climatic zones

2. Variations within major zones and effects of markets

3. Linkages and flows among regions of food production and consumption

C.  Rural land use and settlement patterns

1. Models of land use, including von Thünen's model

2. Settlement patterns associated with major agriculture types

D.  Modern commercial agriculture: the Third Agricultural Revolution

1. Green Revolution and the beginning of the biotechnologic revolution

2. Characteristics of the third revolution: blending of primary, secondary, and tertiary activities, intensification of mechanization, and development of biotechnology

3. Spatial organization of industrial agriculture

4. Diffusion of industrial agriculture

5. Future food supplies and environmental impacts of agriculture - hopes and fears

 

Chapter 11
Agriculture

 

Agricultural Origins and The Isolated State: Handout A

Landscapes of Rural Settlements: Handout B

Commercial Agriculture: Handout C

The Changing Geography of Agriculture: Handout D

The Green Revolution 
in India

An Indian Paradox

Two US 
Commodity Chains: Poultry & Pork

 

Livelihoods of Rural Peoples Review

Rural Settlement Forms Review

Commercial Agriculture Review

Global Disparities in Nutrition and Health Review

Review on Agriculture and Rural Land Use

 

House and 
Village Types

Commercial Agriculture

The Meatrix

UNIT VI

TEXT

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL

MEDIA & PROJECTS

VI. Urbanization

 

Urban Powerpoint


13-17% of the AP Exam

 

A.  Definitions of urbanism

B.  Origin and evolution of cities

1. Historical patterns of urbanization

2. Rural-urban migration and urban growth

3. Global cities and megacities

4. Models of urban systems

C.  Functional character of contemporary cities

1. Changing employment mix

2. Changing demographic and social structures

D.  Built environment and social space

1. Comparative models of internal city structure

2. Transportation and infrastructure

3. Political organization of urban areas

4. Urban planning and design

5. Patterns of race, ethnicity, gender, and class

6. Uneven development, ghettoization, and gentrification

7. Impacts of suburbanization and edge cities

 

Chapter 9
Urban Geography

Chapter 14
Globalization and the Geography of Networks

 

Cities and Structure: Handout A

Location and Models: Handout B

Global Urbanization: Handout C

Modern Urbanism: Handout D

Cities and Structure Review

Location and Models Review

Global Urbanization Review

Modern Urbanism
Review

Notes on Cities and Urbanization

 

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