NYOS Charter School



P r e A P   W o r l d   G e o g r a p h y

 Mr. Treston streston@nyos.org


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Pre-AP World Geography Update (5/24/17)



Hello –


I’m reaching out to address general concerns regarding the Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP World Geography. Below are listed several important “need to know” items for you and your students:



Ø  Pre-AP courses target a high level of aptitude for, interest in, and/or commitment to the subject.


Ø  The assignment is designed to prepare students for the rigor of AP classes in the near future. Such rigor enables them to conquer independent reading, analyze higher level reading, write free and document-based responses, take independent notes, and perform well on timed assessments.


Ø  By the end of the 1st semester, our class will have covered the first 10 chapters of Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. We will finish the the book during the 2nd semester. Every week of the school year, we will discuss some aspect of the book and how it connects to our studies.


Ø  It will be beneficial for your student if they are able to read these first 10 chapters during the summer break to help alleviate the workload from the onset of classes during freshman year.


Ø  At minimum this summer, please have your student read the first five chapters and answer these questions: (due the first day of school):


1.       Diamond spends a good amount of time explaining the Great Leap Forward for humans. What is he referring to and how is this improvement for mankind?

2.       In New Zealand, what is the importance of the “natural experiment”?

3.       Did Pizarro have an easy time versus the Incas or was it rather difficult? Why do you say this? Explain.

4.       What advantages did food production give to hunter gatherer societies?

5.       There are six definite locations where prehistoric agriculture first started. How did the idea of agriculture spread to other locations around the world?



Some helpful resources:


To purchase the book:


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393317552/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495569978&sr=8-1&keywords=guns+germs+and+steel


A free online PDF:




Audio link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaTKkAM4Jbk


Flashcards: https://quizlet.com/25697962/guns-germs-and-steel-flash-cards/


Vocabulary: https://www.coursehero.com/flashcards/633838/Guns-Germs-And-Steel-Vocab/



Please let me know if you have questions, comments, or concerns.


New for 2017-2018:

Starting this upcoming school year, 2017-2018, NYOS is improving our World Geography class. We wish to challenge all of our students academically and prepare them to take future AP Social Studies classes. We believe this will stimulate and challenge students to perform at an advanced academic level, yielding tremendous results for a student’s future. Therefore, World Geography will only be offered as a Pre-AP class.


The curriculum for the course is built on the core academic standards following the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We will also focus on Human Geography. Weekly readings are required. An in-depth study of regional history is incorporated, and different types of essays are a regular component of the course. The goal of this class is for students to have a detailed understanding of the world, and to prepare students for AP World History.


There is a Summer Reading Assignment. The book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond, is available in most libraries. It is also available in nearly every bookstore in the area and through Amazon. There is also a free PDF available online. This book deals with the origin of civilizations in the world and why some societies in Asia, Europe, and North Africa had an advantage over societies in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas and Australia.


By the first day of school, students should have read through chapter 10, Spacious Skies and Tilted Axis. Be prepard for a quiz over your Summer Reading Assignment.


For questions, comments, or concerns… please email Shawn Treston @ streston@nyos.org


Also, please feel free to contact our Principal, Curtis Wilson @ cwilson@nyos.com

Best regards and welcome to Pre-AP World Geography!