Title: Rapping Regions in America316

Key Words: regions, hemispheres, continents, countries, cities

National Geography Standard: National Standard 5,
NH State Standard 11:10:03

Purpose/Objectives: Students will
Identify the criteria used to define a region.
Identify types and organization of regional systems.
Analyze the geographic issues facing specific regions.

Teaching Level: H

Materials: map of the USA, example of a rap

Procedure:
Brainstorm what the word "region" means. (The definition of a region as stated in Geography for Life prepared by The Geography Education Standards Project is "a concept that is used to identify and organize areas of Earth's surface for various purposes." )

Looking at the list of examples of regions brainstormed, ask the students individually to write down five criteria for determining a place as a region.(These could range from hemisphere, continent and country to school district, sunbelt, economic regions.)

Using the criteria established by the students and a map of the USA, ask students to point out regions on the map.

Divide the students into groups and assign each group a region: New England, Mid-Atlantic, South, Mid-West, West, Southwest, Pacific, Northwest

Pass out the assignment sheet to each group.

Play an example of a rap and discuss what makes rap unique.

Evaluation/Assessment: Students will produce a rap that describes the organization and type of region, the structure of the region, and issues facing their regions.

Enrichment: This lesson could be used for any type of region in the world.

Reflections: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.

Thank you.
The authors.

Rapping Regions in America

Assignment Sheet

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to help you understand the multiple and different criteria used to define a region, the structure of a region, and to analyze geographic issues in regions.

Directions: Research your region finding the criteria that you think define it and explain the structure of it. Then research your region to find geographic issues that are facing it. Make the geographic issues the focus of the rap.

Your rap must address all three criteria. The region must be readily identifiable by the listeners and the issues must be clear.


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