9th Grade Kentucky

Regions and Kentucky

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of regionalization by studying Kentucky. By investigating the compelling question about whether or not Kentucky is a southern state, students will need to consider how the study of Kentucky provides a unique lens for thinking about the “what” and “where” of the south. In investigating the people and cultural characteristics of Kentucky and states more ‘solidly’ recognized as southern, students develop techniques to become more geo-literate, and begin to be able to evaluate the extent to which Kentucky is southern.

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Compelling Question:

Is Kentucky a southern state?

Staging the Question: Use a blank political map to identify which states are considered southern. Discuss these identifications in relationship to the article “Where is the South?”
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Supporting Question How do Kentucky demographics compare to southern states?

Formative Task Create a Venn diagram that explains how specific population demographic data compares to southern states. Make a two-sentence claim supported by evidence that answers the extent to which Kentucky’s demographics make it a southern state.

Sources Source A: Quick Beta Facts
US Census

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Supporting Question How does Kentucky’s economy compare to southern states?

Formative Task Add to the Venn diagram information on how Kentucky’s employment, occupation, industry, and household income compares to southern states. Make a two-sentence claim supported by evidence that answers the extent to which Kentucky’s economy make it a southern state.

Sources Source A: American Community Survey US Census

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Supporting Question How do Kentucky politics compare to southern states?

Formative Task Add to the Venn diagram information on how Kentucky politics compare to Southern states in a local and national context. Make a two-sentence claim supported by evidence that answers the extent to which Kentucky’s politics make it a southern state.

Sources Source A: This November, Will Kentucky Stop Voting Like It’s 1865? NPR

Source B: Up in Arms, Tufts Magazine

Source C: 270 to Win: Historical Presidential Elections

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Supporting Question How does Kentucky culture compare to southern states?

Formative Task Add to the Venn diagram information on how the politics of Kentucky compare to southern states in a local and national context. Make a two-sentence claim supported by evidence that answers the extent to which Kentucky’s culture makes it a southern state.

Sources Source A: Is Kentucky a Southern State?
Courier-Journal Magazine

Source B: Where Does the South Begin? The Atlantic

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Is Kentucky a southern state? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from contemporary sources while acknowledging competing views.
Extension: Create an infographic that visually displays whether or not Kentucky is a southern state.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Research and discuss the implications of being considered a southern state.
Assess: Examine the Kentucky Tourism website and assess the extent to which the website portrays Kentucky as a southern state, and whether or not the depictions accurate representations.
Act: Draft a letter to the Kentucky Tourism board that addresses the strengths of the website and suggestions for what needs to be changed to present a more accurate version of Kentucky to the world.