Hello and Welcome to A.P. Environmental Science at Hawbridge
The goal of AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies required for understanding the interrelationships of the natural world. The course is intended to promote the development of citizens who can make informed decisions concerning environmental issues. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester college course in environmental science. Students are expected to be self-motivated and willing to consistently follow the course reading and engage in classroom discussion.
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SYLLABUS AND THE TEXTBOOK
Our textbook, Environment: The Science Behind the Stories (4th edition), is THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE in this course. Please be mindful that there will be a copious amount of reading. Having a new or used copy of the textbook at home is highly recommended. The syllabus (directly below) is directly tied in to chapters in the textbook.
ISBN # 978-0-321-71534-0
You can view the lecture notes (powerpoints) for each of the chapters in the book - and download (if you want) by going to this link:
Students will set up an account and invite parents. Many throughout the year will be done electronically using this assignments will be electronic and uploaded to Google Classroom. You will be sent an email invite. The code for joining Google Classroom:
Environment: The Science Behind the Stories by Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan
Be aware that this course involves a large amount of reading, mostly the textbook. Assignments will be made from your textbook, the
internet, and supplementary materials. Please keep up with the textbook reading as it will help your participation in class and you will not feel as stressed.
OTHER READING ASSIGNMENTS
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn must be read prior to our first field trip. This classic is fairly short book and very enjoyable to read. We will have a discussion on this book.
Water 4.0 by David Sedlak must be completed before we reconvene after winter break
GRADING AND TESTING
Your grade will be based on chapter tests, quizzes, class activities and labs, and projects. I assign points for each PowerSchool entry and your grade is what you earn out of the total points. I do not use weighted grades. A multiple-choice test with an FRQ will be given after each chapter or group of related chapters.
FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS (FRQS)
Since there will be open-ended essay prompts on the A.P. exam, students will get plenty of practice - in both writing essays as well as using the rubric to grade essays. There is a certain way that essays should be written for the exam.
Each student must have a composition notebook for in class writing assignments and work. It is recommended that students also keep a three ring binder with tabs to keep their notes, study guides and activities. Each unit should be separated with a divider.
TUTORING AND STUDY SESSIONS
Approach a student who has completed the course successfully with regard to possible tutoring. I am open to assisting with study sessions as the exam date approaches.
If plagiarism is suspected, it will be checked. If quotes or passages are used, they must be cited.
The AP exam will be administered on the afternoon of MONDAY MAY 6
Ideally, we will complete the textbook chapters and topics before the beginning of the fourth quarter, which will be a time for review.
I've scheduled four field trips, each on a Friday. The dates and destinations have not been finalized.
October 5 - Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain and OWASA (Orange Water and Sewer Authority)
December 7 - Carrboro High School (LEED-certified silver rating), UNC Cameron Power Facility and UNC Botanical Garden
February 22 - to be determined. Hoping for a visit to the Nickolas School for the Environment at Duke University
Our last field trip, an overnight to Cape Lookout National Seashore, will be in conjunction with the outdoors program and occur in May after the A.P. exam