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Vocabulary Lists for AP Human Geography Units

by Martha Sharma
Retired Teacher
Hilton Head, South Carolina

A Compilation of Key Terms
This vocabulary list was originally developed for use in my own AP Human Geography classes. However, I have also used it every year in the workshops I have taught, and I have shared it with friends who were giving workshops.

The list was created by going through each of the five main human geography textbooks and compiling all of the terms that appear in bold type in each book. Then I added some terms that I thought needed to be there. The terms are organized by units in the topic outline found in the AP Human Geography Course Description, and a number of terms repeat from unit to unit as they show up in different contexts.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive or final, nor should readers expect that questions on the exam will be limited to the scope of the list.
  Unit I. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/30KB)
  Unit II. Population -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/43KB)
  Unit III. Cultural Patterns and Processes, Part 1 -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/41KB)
  Unit III. Cultural Patterns and Processes, Part 2 -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/34KB)
  Unit IV. Political Organization of Space -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/34KB)
  Unit V. Agricultural and Rural Land Use -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/34KB)
  Unit VI. Industrialization and Development -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/37KB)
  Unit VII. Cities and Urban Land Use -- Basic Vocabulary and Concepts (.pdf/50KB)


Martha Sharma recently retired from the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., after teaching geography there for 21 years. A former member of the AP Human Geography Development Committee, she is currently president of the National Council for Geographic Education. She is also the content adviser for AP Human Geography.


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