Human Geography

AP 539.200 | Online | Pamela Wolfe


This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. It will provide an overview of the AP Human Geography curriculum and help participants design their own course. Participants will begin with a look at AP Central and the MyAP Classroom Website, with its Progress Checks, Dashboard and Question Bank. In addition, participants will analyze the CED and learn to use it to plan lessons and assessments. Participants will review lesson plans, resources, and websites for teaching each of the major course topics, including geographic concepts, population, migration, cultural patterns, the political organization of space, rural land use, urban geography, and industrialization. The course will focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities to prepare for students’ success on the AP exam. Participants will begin to develop their own course outline, syllabus, and assessment tools. Scaffolding of skills for different age groups and ability level will be an additional focus of the course.


Pamela Wolfe

Pamela Wolfe

A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe is now Humanities Division Head. She has been teaching AP European History for 33 years and has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2001. She served as an AP Reader for European History for 15 years and as a Table Leader for 6 years. She was on the AP Test Development Committee which writes the AP European History exams. She runs College Board programs in AP European History and AP Human Geography and teaches AP Summer Institutes for teachers in both subjects at schools such as Manhattan College, Goucher College, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, the College of William and Mary, and Penn State University. She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing and writing texts and online programs for AP students. She is co-author of Fast Track to a Five European History and is one of the AP authors for the Spielvogel Western Civilization textbook. Last year, she finished a Teachers’ Manual for European History and sets of AP- style test questions for the Bjelland Human Geography textbook.