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
6th Period: Conference (12:54-1:42)
7th Period: Sociology
I can be reached by email at email@example.com, 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 binder to keep handouts and graded work
a set of 8 dividers
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.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
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
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)
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
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.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
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)
Social Class in the United States
Sex and Gender
Race and Ethnicity
Unit Four: Social Institutions (4 Weeks)
Marriage and Family
Medicine and Health
Unit Five: Social Change (4 Weeks)
Population and Urbanization
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
Voting and Public Opinion
Elections and Political Parties
The Presidency and Bureaucracy
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.
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.
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
AP Human Geography Remind text alerts: text "@aphg20162" to 81010
Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Ireland and Great Britain in July of 2018: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1819817XT?utm_source=link&utm_medium=RC&utm_campaign=sharetrip
Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Italy and Greece in July of 2019: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1819821KN
Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Costa Rica in July of 2020: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1948363BC