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Welcome to Mrs. Cantu's website for AP Human Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and Government!


About Mrs. Cantu:


I am originally from Coppell, TX (a suburb of Dallas) and graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While at TCU, I majored in Secondary Social Studies Education and minored in Geography. I received my Master's Degree from TCU in Secondary Social Studies Education with a Geography Specialization. I moved to Houston and spent my first eight years teaching World Geography, AP Human Geography, Psychology, and AP Psychology at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  I began reading for the AP Human Geography Exam seven years ago, and the experience gives me a unique perspective on preparing students for the exam in May.

My husband and I now live in Magnolia with our two dogs (Atlas and Guinness) and cat (Juneau).  This is my fourth year at TMHS, and in addition to teaching AP Human Geography, I also teach Psychology, Sociology, and Government.  I sponsor Model United Nations, and am always seeking new Delegates.  I am also the Social Studies Department Chair.  I am looking forward to beginning my twelfth year as an educator at The Magnolia High School.  Go Bulldogs!


My Schedule for the Spring 2017:


1st Period: Department Chair Conference

2nd Period: Sociology

3rd Period: AP Human Geography

4th Period: AP Human Geography

5th Period: Government

C Lunch

6th Period: Conference (12:54-1:42)

7th Period: Sociology


I can be reached by email at, or by phone at (281)356-3572.


AP Human Geography:  


About the Course:

AP Human Geography is a one-year course that is designed as an introductory course for the Advanced Placement (AP) program.  People and culture are at the core of human geography.  We will explore many topics related to humans and their involvement and interaction with their environment.


Topics to be Covered:


-Geography: Nature and perspectives (2 weeks)

-Population and Migration (7 weeks)

-Culture: language, religion, ethnicity (8 weeks)                                        

-Political Organization of Space (3 weeks)

-Agriculture and Rural Land Use (3 weeks)

-Industry and Services (3 weeks)

-Urban Land Use and Development (2 weeks)

Additional Course Information:

AP Human Geography is a rigorous course, designed to mirror the equivalent course at the university level. Students will be required to complete readings each week from their assigned college level textbook, and complete other relevant assignments on their own. The course will be focused on preparing students to take the AP Human Geography Exam in May, where if the student earns a high enough score, they could potentially receive college credit. Students should only take the course if they are prepared to do a heavy amount of reading and writing outside of class, and if they understand that taking the AP exam is a course expectation.




Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture (8th Edition); H.J. De Blij, Alexander B.Murphy, and Erin H. Fouberg



AP Human Geography students need to have the following supplies in class every day:


a notebook (must only be used for AP Human Geography; spiral or composition book is fine)

a blue or black pen 

a #2 pencil

a highlighter

colored pencils

a binder to keep handouts and graded work

a set of 8 dividers

notebook paper

textbook (when needed)




Psychology is a one semester elective course.  It is designed as a survey course, much like an introductory college course.  The course is a combination of lecture and discussion, with a 50 question test given at the end of each unit.




 Unit One:  The Science of Psychology (1 week)

History of Psychology

Research Methods and Ethics



Unit Two:  Biopsychology Domain (3 weeks)           

The  Biological Perspective

The Nervous System

The Brain

Heredity, Environment, and Adaptation

Sensation and Perception



Unit Three:   Developmental and Learning Domain (2 weeks)

Development across the life span

Learning and Language Development


Unit Four:  Social Context Domain (2 weeks)

Social Psychology

Sociocultural Diversity and Gender


Unit Five:  Cognition Domain (2 weeks)


Cognition, Thinking, and Intelligence


Unit Six:  Individual Variations Domain (3 weeks)

Motivation and Emotion

Theories of Personality

Psychological Disorders


Unit Seven:  Application of Psychological Science Domain (2 weeks)

Psychological Therapies and Treatments

Stress and Health




The text book is Psychology; W. Elmhorst, K. Minter, and M. Spilis (2nd edition).  All students will have access to a digital version of the textbook.



Sociology is a one semester elective course.  It is designed as a survey course, much like an introductory college course.  The course is a combination of lecture and discussion, with a 50 question test given at the end of each unit.




Unit One: Sociological Perspective (3 Weeks)

The Sociological Perspective



Social Structure and Interaction



Unit Two: Social Groups and Social Control (3 Weeks)

Societies to Social Networks

Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations

Deviance and Social Control


Unit Three: Social Inequity (4 Weeks)

Global Stratification

Social Class in the United States

Sex and Gender

Race and Ethnicity

The Elderly


Unit Four: Social Institutions (4 Weeks)

The Economy


Marriage and Family



Medicine and Health


Unit Five: Social Change (4 Weeks)

Population and Urbanization

Collective Behavior

 Social Change and the Environment




The text book is Henslin, Sociology: Down-to-Earth Approach 12e 2014.  All students will have access to a digital version of the textbook. 




Purpose: American Government is a required course for graduation. The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens.  We discuss historical development of government and political systems, and the importance of the rule of law; the United States Constitution; Federal, State and local government structure; and rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  



Foundations and Beginnings of Government

The Constitution

Voting and Public Opinion

Elections and Political Parties

The Legislature

The Presidency and Bureaucracy

The Judiciary

Civil Liberties

Civil Rights


 Textbook: Macgruder’s American Government by Pearson


Social Sciences Grading Policy:


Social Sciences Mission Statement: Through education in the social sciences we strive to shape productive citizens by inspiring civic duty and ethics while respecting the diversity of the global community.


Grading Policy:


Summative (3 per nine weeks min.): Exams, Portfolios, Projects, Major Essays, etc

Formative (9 per nine weeks min.): Daily Assignment (home/class),Quizzes, Participation, etc.


Grading Percentages:


AP: 70% Summative / 30% Formative (no common assessment)

Level: 60% Summative/40% Formative (no common assessment in Psychology or Sociology)


Late Work: All work will be accepted. Work that is not submitted before the due date and time is considered late and is subject to the following guidelines:

Formative: 50% credit of earned grade if received one day late. Late work must be submitted before school or during PLC.

Summative: 70% credit of earned grade if received one day late. 50% credit of earned grade if received two days late. 

Special Circumstances: In the event that an assignment is discussed in class, the assignment will be accepted late but no credit will be earned.


Retesting:Teachers have the discretion to provide redo opportunities for summative assessments for all students who are willing to complete or redo practice assignments and attend tutorial sessions to enhance their learning.  Upon completion, the redone assignment will be given a grade that reflects the student’s mastery of the content.


 Connect with Mrs. Cantu:


Phone: (281) 356-3572

Mail: 14350 FM 1488   Magnolia, TX 77353-0428

Twitter: @mhs_aphg

AP Human Geography Remind text alerts: text "@aphg20162" to 81010


Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Ireland and Great Britain in July of 2018:


Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Italy and Greece in July of 2019: 


Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Costa Rica in July of 2020: