Regions of the U.S. - South

Contributor: Jodi Powell. Lesson ID: 10678

The Southern U.S. has a little something for everyone! Learn about its history, geography, and culture through online articles, maps, and quizzes. Then, y'all get ready to move, travel, write or sell!


United States, United States

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have ya'll ever been to the Southern United States?

Where the talk has a twang, the sun's a bit warmer, and the food is fill-you-up delicious!

The South is a unique region and is home to a whopping sixteen states! Let's explore this U.S. region rich in history, culture, cuisine, and music!

  • What comes to mind when you think of the South?
  • Southern accents?
  • Beautiful beaches?
  • Delicious barbeque?
  • Perhaps the Civil War?
  • What did you know about the South?
  • What do you wonder?

Print the Graphic Organizer - KWL Chart found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Fill out what you know and wonder about the South. We will complete the "What did you LEARN?" section of the chart later in the lesson.

  • K — What did you know about the South before doing this lesson?
  • W — What questions do you still have about the South?

Now, take a look at the maps located below and identify the sixteen states that make up the Southern United States:

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These sixteen states are generally divided into these sub-regions:

  • The South Atlantic States: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware
  • The East South Central States: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee
  • The West South Central States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Read more about Southern United States Geography at New World Encyclopedia. Read the introduction as well as the "Geography" section.


While on the New World Encyclopedia site, view the Largest cities in the southern U.S. Also view Major metropolitan areas in the Southern U.S. Houston, Texas, the largest city in the South, is the fourth-largest city in the whole United States.


Many of the Southern States succeeded from the Union during the Civil War in the 1860s. Slavery was one of many issues that drew a line separating the U.S. North and South. The history from this time period can still be felt and seen in the South. Read this Fact Monster article, The South, for more information.


The article Southern Culture at overviews each key element of southern culture. Follow the links to read the paragraph accompanying each of the following categories: Southern Food, Southern Music, Southern Literature, Southern Dance, Southern Art, Southern Manners, and The "Southern Language."


The Lonely Planet article Places in Southern USA identifies several desirable places to visit in the South. Explore the website and read about five destinations you find interesting.

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