Regions of the United States: 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
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?

Listen to these cousins from the south!

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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 home to sixteen states! 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 barbecue?
  • Perhaps the Civil War?
  • What do 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.

You will complete the "What did you LEARN?" section of the chart later in the lesson.

  • K — What do you know about the South before beginning 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.

Learn more about Southern United States as you read through the entry on Geography.

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Houston, Texas, the largest city in the South, is the fourth-largest city in the whole United States.

Explore how Large Southern Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth.

Houston, Texas Skyline At Sunset


Many 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.

This period's history can still be felt and seen in the South. Read about The South for more information.

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There are seven key elements of Southern Culture: food, music, literature, dance, art, manners, and language. Follow the links to explore each.

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Finally, check out several desirable places to visit in the Southern USA. Explore the website and read about five destinations you find interesting.

When you are ready, keep it going in the Got It? section!

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