The Appalachian Studies Association website provides resources including Appalachian Studies Bibliographies, Appalachian Studies syllabi, K-12 resources, and more.
The Archives of Appalachia has primary and secondary sources related to a wide range of topics.
Berea College’s Southern Appalachian Archives hosts collections of photos, oral histories, ballads, folk music, and settlement school materials. Social Studies teachers will be especially interested in the online exhibition.
Fairmont State University publishes Hillchild which contains “stories, poetry, drawing, folklore, cartoons, and more;” In the Mountain State, a teacher’s guide for grades 4-8; and related materials about West Virginia.
Morehead State University’s Center for Virtual Appalachia provides links to maps, art, music, literature, religion, and crafts that can be adapted for classroom use.
Ohio University at Zanesville’s Appalachian Treasures Gateway provides links to sites dealing with Appalachian history, culture, physical and social environments, images, and stereotypes.
Radford University’s Appalachian Regional Studies Center provides a listing of teaching resources. Also of interest are the activities of the Radford Appalachian Teachers’ Network. Subscribe to the ATN newsletter
The University of North Carolina’s website, LearnNC, has a variety of Appalachian- related teaching resources for regional history, dialect, Native Americans in the region, quilting, and storytelling.
West Virginia University’s Appalachian Studies Bibliography is one of the oldest and most extensive compilations of information about Appalachia available.
Appalachian Studies Association Website
Source: Appalachian Studies Association
Description: This site provides resources including Appalachian Studies Bibliographies, Appalachian Studies syllabi, K-12 resources, and more.
Appalachia in Film and Television
Author(s): Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press
Description: This site provides a list of over 40 Appalachian-themed films and TV shows arranged by year, ranging from 1904 to 2009.
Description: This site provides pages on articles dealing with Appalachia, literature lists, bibliographies, lesson plans, and study guides.
Source: Created by Judy A. Teaford and Tina Hanlon, Ferrum College; Maintained by Tina Hanlon
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site
Author(s): Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Hurst
Description: Describes Appalachian picture books, novels, and folktales.
Chief Appalachian Poets
Author: Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press
Description: This page contains a partial list of major Appalachian poets.
Source: West Virginia Wesleyan College
Description: This page contains a brief biography on Appalachian children’s author Cynthia Rylant.
Doug Elliott Website
Source: Doug Elliott
Description: Elliott is a humorist, author, storyteller, herbalist, naturalist, and basket-maker . His site includes videos, a link to his blog, and stories.
Kentucky’s Underground Railroad—Passage to Freedom
Source: Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
Description: This page contains information to accompany the film documentary “Kentucky’s Underground Railroad—Passage to Freedom,” additional footage of oral history, and timelines.
Source: Berea College in Berea, KY
Description: This site contains a collection of over 7,000 maps drawn by Berea college students in a general studies course developed after World War II.
Description: Website with a West Virginia Emphasis that is helpful for teachers and librarians. Provides reviews, essays, and a section of authors of children’s literature.
The Mountaintop Removal Road Show
Source: Dave Cooper
Description: This site provides images of mountaintop removal, as well as a 35-minute, free online road show presentation.
Description: There are several sites that allow users to create their own webquests (zunal.com, questgarden.com, etc.) and which may be particularly useful for teachers. Some teachers may want to create Appalachian-related webquests. An example is Nick Friedman’s History of Appalachian Music.