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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, can be reached via email at mthomas@marshall.edu.

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221
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    Huntington, WV 25755

41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Lesson Plans, Unit Plans, & Guides

General

Appalachia: A Thematic Unit for Miami County Teachers on Appalachian Culture

Source: John Virgint, Mimeo by the Miami County Educational Service Center

Appalachian Culture: A Guide for Students and Teachers

1976. Peggy Calestro and Ann Hill. Columbus, OH: Ohio University Research Foundation.

Appalachian Idea Book

Author(s): Tina Constanzo, Felicia Napier, et al
Description: A collection of ideas and activities designed to help teachers develop awareness of Appalachian history and culture among their students. Available for a fee through the Urban Appalachian Council.

Appalachian Music

Source: Association for Cultural Equity
Description: Film clips of various types of Appalachian music with lesson plans to accompany them.

Appalachian Readings and Activities Handbook

1981. Emma Jo Dotson. M.E. Practicum, Ashland, OH: Ashland College.

Appalachian Resources for Teachers: A List with Annotations

Author(s): Pat Blasi, Alex Brown, et al
Description: Includes books, periodicals, films, local grass-roots organizations, and music festivals compiled by students in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Community Services.
Contact: Urban Appalachian Council’s Frank Foster Library

An Appalachian Curriculum: A Fourth Grade Curriculum Guide

Author(s): Mary Chandler, Lisa Gibson, et al
Description: “A guide written by teachers for teachers [for use] by any class or group who wishes to learn more about the resources of the Southern Appalachian region.”
Print Copies Available for a fee

Countdown to the Millennium Project Lesson Plans

Source: Countdown to the Millennium Oral History Project
Description: Lessons Plans are available to accompany a radio Series on oral history and Appalachian themes.

Foxfire Program

Source: The Foxfire Fund, Inc.
Description: Foxfire is an approach to teaching and learning, as well as a source of Appalachian resource materials.

Increasing Appalachian Awareness Through Classroom Projects

2000. Selena Hillenberg and Corrina Harmon. Classroom materials for helping Appalachian students discover their heritage. Print copies available for a fee.

Lesson Plan on the Appalachians

Author(s): Jody Honaker, Teacher
Description: Lesson plan on Appalachian people, culture, and lifestyles

Nestled in the Misty Mountains: An Appalachian Studies Unit for the Elementary Classroom

1995. Carol E. Hancock. A 55-page kit of ideas and activities that includes topics such as food, music, and crafts. Print copies available for a fee.

Ohio Appalachia Activity Book: Things to Learn, See, and Do (2005)

Author(s): Rebecca Baer and Deanna Tribe
Source: OSU Extension Center

Teaching Appalachia: Image and Reality of Appalachian Culture
Description: 15 Lesson Plans by topic and grade level
Website: (This is a broken link and requires two steps to gain access.) Go to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=teaching+Tennessee+appalachian&btnG=Google+Search, and click on “Teaching Tennessee History”

A Unit of Study on Appalachian History, Life, and Migration (Grades 5-8) (Book)
Author(s): Kathleen Sowders
Description: Mimeo by the Urban Appalachian Council


Economics and the Environment

“Coal Classroom” and Environmental Education Center

Source: Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Check out the 14 teaching modules

“Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining on the Communities and Environment of Appalachia” 15-Minute DVD with Teacher’s Guide (Free)

Source: David Cooper
To Request, Please Contact: David Cooper at davecooper928@yahoo.com


Literature, Language, and Folklore

Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture: Literature-Based, Cross Curricular Activities for Middle and High School Classrooms. (Book)
Author(s): Written by Judy Sizemore, edited by Ginny Eager
Description: Published by Forward in the Fifth, and available for a fee through the Jesse Stuart Foundation

“Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults”
Source: Ferrum College’s AppLit