Below you will find useful information and links for 7th grade and AP Arkansas geography teachers.
7th Grade Geography
GEOGRAPHY IS BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS!
The Arkansas Geographic Alliance has been working for several years to get geography back into our curriculum, and now it has happened! The best part is, it’s not the old memorizing names and places that was sometimes taught in the past—that isn’t geography; it never was! Geography is about understanding patterns and trends using spatial analysis, understanding other cultures, environments, economies and seeing the similarities and differences between people all over the world.
So, without further ado, below are several resources that the Alliance has compiled to make the teaching geography as smooth as possible. In the links below you’ll find links to the curriculum changes that have occurred over the last several years as well as a few helpful databases which should help prepare you for the upcoming school year.
AP Human Geography
The Arkansas Geographic Alliance is interested in providing advanced educational experiences for Arkansas students. The Advanced Placement Human Geography initiative organizes workshops for teachers who are currently teaching AP Human Geography courses, and it organizes workshops for those teachers who want to become APHG teachers. The Alliance, under this initiative, intends to expand AP Human Geography in more schools in Arkansas.
A very good write up about what human geography is, as well as why we should focus on teaching it in our schools, was composed by Russellville High’s Paul Grey. This write up, which can be found here also includes various resources for those who teach geography as well as some ideas for hands on activities.
Some further information about the APHG curriculum and general know-how can be found through the College Board directory found here. You can also find an overview of how the course should be taught as well as a general outline of what will be covered in class by following this link.