AP Human Geography - Brookwood High School Ms. Blankenship

AP Human Geography




*What’s it all about?


*Why take it?


*Who should take it?


*Technology Out There!




I. On The Web

          APCentral http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf


          Using websites – Samples










            http://houstonhs.scsk12.org/~robinsonm/Mr._Robinsons_Web_Site_at_Houston_High_School/AP_Human_Geography.html              http://www.litchfield.k12.mn.us/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=416&&PHPSESSID=db8ef25a05a82efcf2078d2387fe250c


        Other websites for inspiration!!





            http://geography.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fmage.geog.macalester.edu%2FAPGeogDemo%2FLessons%2F  Outlines and projects

            http://www.geog.umd.edu/webspinner/bkearney/fall2002/topics.html  Discussion Topics

            http://geog.tamu.edu/sarah/humangeog/activities.html Activities

            http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/explorer.html GIS and Mapping

            http://www.learner.org/channel/series85.html Programming Resource Schedule

            http://clioweb.free.fr/peda/chambers/geosites.htm List of sites and sources


        Textbook Websites


Human Geography – People, Places, and Culture http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=index&itemId=0471441074&itemTypeId=BKS&bcsId=1442

            Deblij Book


Human Geography In Action  http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=index&itemId=0471430552&itemTypeId=BKS&bcsId=1714


Human Geography – The Cultural Landscape  James M. Rubenstein http://wps.prenhall.com/esm_rubenstein_humangeo_8/


Practice Tests - http://www.litchfield.k12.mn.us/education/components/testbank/default.php?sectiondetailid=737&&PHPSESSID=5de955a166881778191483f1a6e1344e




Creating a Website - Dive right in!


















II. Other Resources



Geography Movie List


          Important!! You must check with your parents and get approval before watching any of these movies for yourself or for class.  Reviews for the movies are available at amazon.com or imdb.com.


Welcome to the wonderful world of Social Studies through the movies. Each movie listed below has a connection to Social Studies either historically, culturally, etc.


Hotel Rwanda – R – Africa, genocide        http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/snyderd/APHG/projects/Hotel%20Rwanda/Hotel_Rwanda.htm

Hidalgo – PG-13 – Middle East/Ocean of Fire

Rabbit-Proof Fence – PG-13 – The treatment of Aboriginal

 children by Imperialist Britain

Whale Rider – PG13 – Maori culture

Bend It Like Beckham - PG-13 – Soccer and clash of

 culture/generations – India

Invisible Soldiers – NR – Africa, child soldiers

Osama – subtitles

Dances With Wolves – PG-13 – North America – clash of

 cultures between white man and Native Americans

The Ghost and the Darkness - ? – Africa – True adventure

 story about manhting lions during colonization of Africa

 and building of railroads.

Catch A Fire – PG -13 – Apartheid in South Africa – its

 effect on families.

Turtles Can Fly - ? – subtitles

Kunlun – Story of the early life of the Dalai Lama

Seven Years in Tibet – Based on true story of German

 mountain climber who befriend the young Dalai Lama

Secret of Roan Inish - ? – Based on Irish cultural legend.

I. Geography Movie Site for teachers -  http://www.gatm.org.uk/






Geography Book List


Note the following disclaimer to students:  You are responsible for telling your parents what you are reading and getting their approval before you buy/read one of these books.  Ask them to read with you.

Check out the book reviews on Amazon.com

Read these books and complete the geography of a novel assignment.






A Boy's War

David Michell

WWII Jap concentration camp in China

Across the Footsteps of Africa

Puertas, Benjamin


The Adventures of Ibn Battuta


ME/Africa - Muslim traveller's stories

Africa In My Blood

Goodall, Jane

Africa, animal conservation


Michener, James

Alaska - history

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Read, Piers Paul

South America

All Elevations Unknown

Lightner, Sam

Asia - Borneo adventure

An Open Heart

Dalai Lama

Asia - Tibet

An Unexpected Light - Travels in Afghan.

Elliott, Jason

Asia - Afghanistan

And Didn't They Die

Ngcobo, Lauretta

South Africa

Angela's Ashes

McCourt, Frank

Europe - Ireland


Robinson, Kim


Are You Somebody?

O'Faolain, Nuala

Europe -Ireland - autobiography

The Art of War

Tzu, Sun


Baghdad Without a Map

Horwitz, Tony

Middle East - Iraq

Barrio Boy

Galarza, Ernesto

Latin America - Mexico

Bean Trees

Kingsolver, Barbara

North America - Cherokee

Beasts of No Nation

Iweala, Uzodinma

Africa - forced into a guerilla army as a child


Woods, Donald

Africa - South Africa

Birth of Venus

Sarah Dunant

Europe - Medici

Bless Me, Ultima

Anaya, Rudolfo

North America - New Mexico

Blessed By Thunder

Fernandez Barrios, F

Latin America - Cuba

The Blue Nile

Moorehead, Alan


The Bookseller of Kabul

Seierstad, Asne

Afghanistan under the Taliban

Border Passage: From Cairo to Amer..

Ahmed, Leila

Africa to America

Box Garden

Shields, Carol

Europe - Great Britain

The Boxer Rebellion

Preston, Diana

Asia - China

The Bridge on the Drina

Andric, Ivo

Europe - the Balkans

Bridge Over the River Kwai

Boulle, Pierre


Bridges at Toko Ri

Michener, James


Broken Bridge

Banke, Lynne

Middle East - Israel

Burning of Bridget Cleary

Bourke, Angela

Europe - Ireland and Scotland

Bury Me Standing

Fonseca, Isabel

Eastern Europe - Gypsies

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Brown, Dee

North America

Cadillac Desert

Reisner, Marc

NA - Water shortage

Caesar's Women

McCullough, Colleen


Caine Mutiny

Wouk, Herman


Cairo: The City Victorious

Rodenbeck, Max

Africa - Egypt

Call of the Wild

London, Jack

NA - Canada - Yukon wilderness


Michener, James

North America


Cheney, Glen



Michener, James

North America

Children of Chernobyl

Carter and Christensen


Children Who Sleep by the River

Taylor, Debbie

Africa - Zimbabwe

China Boy

Lee, Gus

Asia - China

Chinese Cinderella

Mah Yen, Adeline

Asia - China

Citizen Soldier

Ambrose, Stephen

Europe - US Army in WW2

City of Joy

Lapierre, Dominique

India - slums

Clash of Civilizations


Worldwide - conflicts

The Cobra Event

Preson, Richard

North America - Disease

Cochrane: Life & Exploits of a Fighting Cap.

Harvey, Robert

Europe - British Navy


Kurlansky, Mark

History of the fish

Cold Mountain

Frazier, Charles

North America

Colors of the Mountain

Chen, Da

China - southern

Columbian Exchange

Crosby, Alfred

South America

Coming into the Country

McPhee, John

North America

Confederates in the Attic

Horwitz, Tony

North America

Confessions of a Fallen Standard Bearer

Makine, Andre

Europe - Russia


Crichton, Michael


The Control of Nature

McPhee, John

North America - engineering and flood control

The Cost of Living

Roy, Arundhati

Asia - India

Cry, the Beloved Country

Paton, Alan


Daughter of Fortune

Allende, Isabel

Latin America - Chile

Deadly Feasts

Rhodes, Richard

New Diseases

the Death of Artemio Cruz

Fuentes, Carlos

Latin America - Mexico

Deep Dream of the Rain Forest

Bosse, Malcom

South America

Desert Dawn

Dirie, Waris

Africa/US/UK sequel to Desert Flower

Desert Flower

Dirie, Waris

Africa - FGM, modern slavery

Donald Duk

Chin, Frank



Graham, Robin

Sailing around the world

Down the Great Unknown

Dolnick, Edward

North America - Grand Canyon

The Dragon's Village

Chen, Yantsung


Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girl

Mernissi, Fatima

Middle East

Edge City:Life on the New Frontier

Garreau, Joel

North America - cities

Emotional Branding

Travis, Daryl

NA - brands and people

The Endless Steppe

Hautzig, Esther

Europe - Siberia

Falling Leaves

Mah Yen, Adeline



Chin, Pa


Farewell to Manzanar

Houston, Jeanne

North America

The Fatal Shore

Hughes, Robert


Fifth Chinese Daughter

Wong, Jade Snow

NA/Asia - story of the role of women


Junger, Sebastian

NA - Dry lightning storms

First They Killed My Father

Ung, Loung

Asia - Cambodia

Fish Caught in Time

Weinberg, Samantha

Africa - South Africa


Allaby, Michael

Dangerous Weather

Floods, Famines, and Emperors

Fagan, Brian

El Nino


Kolata, Gina

North America - Boston

Forbidden City

Bell, William

Asia - modern Chinese novel

The Forest

Rutherford, Edward


Freedom in Exile

Dalai Lama

Asia - autobiography

Gabriela, Cinnamon and Clove

Amado, Jorge

Latin America - Brazil

German Boy

Samuel, Wolfgang

Europe - non-fiction

Ghengis Khan &Making the Modern World



Ghost Soldiers

Sides, Hampton

WWII Philippines Bataan death march

Giants in the Earth

Rolvaag, Ole

NA - prarie life

Gifts of the Jews

Cahill, Thomas

Middle East

Girl From the Golden Horn

Said, Kurban

Turkey - 1928

The Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Vreeland, Susan


Girl in the Picture

Chong, Denise

Asia - Vietnam during the war

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Chevalier, Tracy


Golden Arches

Watson, James

East Asia - McDonald's

The Good Earth

Buck, Pearl

Asia - Chinese culture

Good Harbor

Diamant, Anita

North America - Massachusetts

Good Scent From a Strange Mountain

Butler, Robert

Asia - Vietnam 

Grandfather's Tale

Idilbi, Ulfat

Middle East - Syria

Great Arc

Keap, John

Asia - India and Mount Everest

The Great Railway Bazaar

Theroux, Paul

Asia - India

Great Wall

Lindesay, William

Asia - China


Martin, Justin

North America

Guevara, Also Known as Che

Tiabo, Paco

Latin America

The Gulag Archipelago

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander

Europe - Russia

Guns, Germs and Steel

Diamond, Jared

Fates of Human Societies

Harp of Burma

Takayama, Michio


He, She and It

Piercy, Marge

Europe - Prague 17th C Jews

Hidden War: A Russian Journal

Borovik, Artyom

Europe - Soviet Russia

The Hiding Place

Ten Boom, Corrie

Europe - Holocaust

High Exposure

Breashears, David

Asia - Mount Everest

Hot Zone

Preston, Richard

North America/Africa - Disease

House Made of Dawn

Momaday, N. Scott

North America

House of the Spirits

Allende, Isabel

Latin America - Chile

The House on Mango Street

Cisneros, Sandra

North America - Latino themed


Robinson, Mairlynne

North America

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Alvarez, Julia

NA and LA

How the Irish Saved Civilizaton

Cahill, Thomas


How the Scots Invented Modern World

Herman, Arthur


Hunt for Red October

Clancy, Tom

North America/Russia

I Married Adventure

Johnson, Osa


Ice Master

Niven, Jennifer

North America - Canadian Arctic


Fowler, Brenda

Europe - Italy - Tyrolean Alps

Iditarod Classics

Freedman, Lew

North America

In/Heart of the Sea

Philbrick, Nat

Tragedy of Whaleship Essex

In a Sunburned Country

Bryson, Bill


In Siberia

Thubron, Colin


In the Shadow of the Prophet

Viorst, Milton

North Africa - Egypt - (Arab world)

In the Time of Butterflies

Alvarez, Julia

Latin America - Dominican Republic

Interpreter of Maladies

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Asia - India/Pakistan

Into the Wild

Krakauer, Jon

North America - Alaska

Into Thin Air

Krakauer, Jon

Asia - Mount Everest

The Irish Famine

Gray, Peter

Europe- Ireland

Issac's Storm

Larson, Erik

North America - Texas

Island of Lost Maps

Harvey, Miles

true story of cartographic crime

The Island of the Colorblind

Sacks, Oliver

Oceania - Micronesia

In the Beginning

Irina Ratushinshaya



Morrison, Toni

North America

Jewish American Family Album

Hoobler, Dorothy

North America

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Verne, Jules


Joy Luck Club

Tan, Amy


Kaffir Boy in America

Mathabane, Mark


The Killing Fields

Hudson, Anna

Cambodia - genocide

King Leopold's Ghost

Hochschild, Adam

African conquest by Belgium's king

Kiss The Dust

Laird, Elizabeth


Kitchen God's Wife

Tan, Amy

NA/Asia - China

The Kite Runner

Hosseni, Khaled

Middle East - Afghanistan (awesome)


Heyerdahl, Thor

Pacific Ocean - across by raft

Land of a Thousand Hills

Carr, Rosamund

Africa - Life in Rwanda

Latitude Zero

Guadalupi, Gianni


Leaving Cold Sassy

Burns, Olive

North America

Leaving Deep Water

Chow, Claire

NA - Lives of Asian-American women

Legacy of Love

Harvey, Caroline

Asia - Afghanistan

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

Friedman, Thomas



Rutherford, Edward


Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela, Nelson

Africa - end of Apartheid in S Africa


Sobel, Dana

also a discovery channel movie

The Long Walk

Slavomir Rawicz

Soviet camp to India

Lost Daughters of China

Evans, Karin

Asia - China

Love in the Time of Cholera

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia

Latin America

Lucky Gourd Soup

Scott, Joanna

Asia - South Korea

Magician's Wife

Moore, Brian

Europe - France 

The Mango Season

Malladi, Amulya


Man's Fate

Malraux, Amdre

Asia - Revolutionaries/Communist China

The Map That Changed the World

Winchester, Simon

Europe/worldwide - Geology

The Mapmakers

Wilford, John

Worldwide - maps in history

Matilda Bone

Cushman, Karen

Europe - Medieval

Mattanza:Love & Death in the Sea of Sicily

Maggio, Theresa

Europe - Sicily

A Matter of Honor

Archer, Jeffrey

US and Europe

The Mediterranean Caper

Cussler, Clive

Europe - Air force/espionage

Memoirs of a Geisha

Golden, Arthur



Plaatju, Sol

Africa - South Africa

Mine Boy

Abrahams, Peter

Africa - South Africa

Moon Pearl

McCunn, Ruthanne

China - 1830s

Motorcycle Diaries

Guevara, Che

Through SA on an unreliable motorcycle

Music Through the Dark

Lefreniere, Bree

Asia - Cambodia

My Enemy, My Self

Binur, Yoram

Middle East - Arab/Iaraeli conflict

My Antonia

Cather, Willa

North America

My Home, My Prison

Tawil, Taymonda Hawa

ME - Yassir Arafat's mother in law

My Old Man and the Sea

Hays, David

Latin America - sailing around Cape Horn

My Place

Morgan, Sally

Australia - aborigines

Nectar in a Sieve

Markandaya, Kamala

Asia - India

Never Cry Wolf

Mowat, Farley

North America - Canadian Arctic


Wiesel, Elie

Holocaust - Poland

Night to Rememver

Lord, Walter

Europe - 1st Titanic account/interviews

Nine Nations of the North America

Garreau, Joel

North America

Noble House

Clavell, James


The Northern Lights

Jago, Lucy

Europe - Aurora Borealis

Northwest Passage

Roberts, Kenneth

NA - historical fiction

Notes from a Small Island

Bryson, Bill

Europe - England - humor

O Pioneers!

Cather, Willa

North America

Oaxaca Journal

Sacks, Oliver


Old Men at Midnight

Potok, Chaim

NA and Europe

Old Patagonian Express

Theroux, Paul

North and South America by train

The Ombu Tree

Dallemagne-Cookson, Eli

Latin America

One Day in September

Reeve, Simon

Munich Olympics massacre

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander


Only the Nails Remain

Merrill, Christopher

Scenes from the Balkan War

Out of Africa

Dinesen, Isak


Out of My Life and Thought

Schweitzer, Albert

Europe and Africa

Out of the Dust

Hesse, Karen

NA - Dust Bowl poetry

Outside Lies Magic

Stilgoe, John


Outside Passage

Scully, Julia

North America - Alaska

Passage to India

Forster, E.M.

South Asia

Peeling the Onion

Orr, Wendy

North America

A Perfect Red

Greenfield, Amy B.

Europe - Historical fiction

Persian Requiem

Daneshwar, Simen

Middle East

Picture Bride

Uchida, Yoshiko


Pigs in Heaven

Kingsolver, Barbara

North America - Cherokee

The Pine Barrens

McPhee, John

North America

A Place Called Freedom

Follett, Ken

Europe - Scotland 1700s (great author!)

Place of Lions

Campbell, Eric

Africa - Tanzania

Plagues and Peoples

McNeil, William

Worldwide - Disease

Plague Time

Ewald, Paul

Worldwide - Disease

Poisonwood Bible

Kingsolver, Barbara



Michener, James


Polar Dream

Thayer, Helen

North Pole

The Power of One

Courtenay, Bryce

Africa - South Africa - WWII

Precious Bane

Webb, Mary

Europe - rural England - 1900

Price of Honor

Goodwin, Jan

Middle East - Women in Saudi Arabia


Sasson, Jean

Middle East - Women in Saudi Arabia

Prisoner w/o a Name, Cell w/o a Number

Timerman, Jacob

SA - Argentina

Prodigal Summer

Kingsolver, Barbara

North America - Appalachia

The Professor and the Madman

Winchester, Simon


Promised Land: The Great Black Migration

Lemann, Nicholas

North America


Uris, Leon

Worldwide - Holocaust (different view)

Quiet American

Greene, Graham

North America

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rilkington, Doris

Australia - aborigines/segregation

The Rain God

Islas, Arturo

NA/LA - Texas/Mexico border

Rain of Gold

Villasenor, Victor

Latin America - northern Mexico

Rainbow Six

Clancy, Tom

CIA - worldwide

Rape of Kuwait

Sasson, Jean

Middle East

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Nafisi, Azar


Reaping the Whirlwind

Griffin, Michael

ME - Taliban in Afghanistan

Red: Passion & Patience in the Desert

Williams, Terry Tempest

NA - American West Deserts

Red Scarf Girl

Jiang, Ji-li


The Red Tent

Diamant, Anita

Middle East

Return With Honor

O'Grady, Scott

US and Europe

Riding the Iron Rooster

Theroux, Paul

Asia - China by train

Ring of Bright Water

Maxwell, Favin

Europe - Scotland


HeatMoon, William Least

Across America by boat

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Peter Hessler


Russia House

LeCarre, John



Rutherford, Edward


Ruth: Portrait of a Girl

Cornwell, Patricia

US bio of Ruth Bell Graham

Saddlebag: Fable for Doubters & Seekers

Nakhjavani, Bahiyyih

Middle East - Saudi Arabia - Hajj

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why Greeks Matter

Cahill, Thomas

Europe - Greeks/Mediterranean


Kurlansky, Mark

History of the spice


Rutherford, Edward

Europe - England

Schindler's List

Keneally, Thomas

Europe - WW2

Seasons of Her Life

Blackman, Ann

bio of Adelaine Korbel Albright

Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi

Park, Jacqueline



Toner, Jim

Asia - Peace Corps volunteer memoir

The Sewing Circles of Herat

Lamb, Christina


Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

Staples, Suzanne

Asia - Pakistan

Shadow of Kilimanjaro

Ridgeway, Rick


The Shadow of the Sun

Kapuscinski, Ryszard


The Shadow of the Wind

Zafon, Carlos Ruis



Roberts, Gregory David

Asia - India - AMAZING


Clavell, James



Hartz, Paula


Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Armstrong, Jennifer

Antarctica - Shakelton Expedition

Shizuko's Daughter

Mori, Kyoko


Sister of My Heart

Divakaruni, Chitra

India and America

Small Ceremonies

Shields, Carol

North America - USA

So Far From the Bamboo Grove

Watkins, Yoko

Asia - Japanese fam forced to Korea 1947

Song of the Exile

Davenport, Kiana

Hawaiian history

Sound of Waves

Mishima, Yukio

Asia/Japan - love story in fishing village

Sound - Shadows of the New World

Mehta, Ved

Southeast Asia - India

Stolen Lives

Malika Oufkir


Tales of Sorrow, Tales of Woe (trilogy)

Gulland, Sandra

Europe - France - Great series - diary

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Nigeria - race

To Destroy You is No Loss

Criddle, JoAn D.

Asia - Cambodian Genocide

To the Elephant Graveyard

Hall, Tarquin

Sasia - through India

Train to Pakistan

Singh, Khushwant

Sasia - India/Pakistan

Tuva or Bust!

Leighton, Ralph

Asia/Europe - journey through Siberia

Uncertain Roads: Searching for the Gypsies

Strom, Yale


The Unwanted

Kien Nguyen

Post-war Vietnam

Virus Hunters

Peters, C.J.

Worldwide - CDC battles disease/viruses

The Voyage of Sabra

Frankel, Michael L.

LA - ecological cruise of Caribbean

Waiting for the Rain

Gordon, Sheila

Africa - South African novel


Marshall, James

Oceania - Australia

Wal-Mart: a History

Vance, Sandra



Chaim Potok

History of the Jews

The Water In Between

Patterson, Kevin

NA/Asia - sailing from BC to Tahiti

Weep Not Child

Ngugi, wa Thiong'o

Africa - Kenyan Mau Mau war/effects

When We Were Orphans

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Asia/Eur - Mystery of prisoner father

White-Haired Girl

Sun-Childers, Jaia

Asia - Communist China

The White Nile

Moorehead, Alan


Wild Swans

Chang, Jung

Asia - generations of women - AWESOME!

Winter in Kandahar

Wilson, Steven

Afghanistan under the Taliban

When China Ruled the Seas

Levathes, Louise


When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

Hayslip, Le Ly

Asia/NA - Vietnamese immigrant

Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks

Britain - plague

Zlata's Diary

Zlata Filipovic'


Book list compiled from Blankenship and McGinnis