The Geography Ninja

Geography of Appalachia

In 2013, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 weeks at the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a participant in the NEH Summer Seminar “Appalachia: The Power of Place“.  Below, you will find the lessons I wrote for the seminar.  They are intended for a 9th grade World Regional Geography course in Texas – so they are correlated to the TEKS (as part of updating my site, however, I will be adding the NGS soon).  You are more than welcome to use the lessons in your own classroom or to share the files with your colleagues, as long I am credited as the author.  If you would like to share them online, please link to my site, rather than posting the files themselves.  Thanks!

1.  Where is Appalachia? – This lesson uses a variety of maps to help students explore how a region such as Appalachia is defined.  For this lesson, you may also need the following Power Point:

Region Types and Features

2.  Perceptions of People and Place  – In this lesson, students explore the perceptions people have about Appalachia, including the many stereotypes which exist about the people who live in this region.

3.  Cades Cove and GSMNP  – Cades Cove was once a thriving community, but now, it is a ghost town inside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Students will explore the creation of the park and the destruction of the town from a variety of points of view.