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Region by Any Other Name

Overview: It is often true that a place may be categorized as belonging to more than one region, depending on the criteria used. Oklahoma is sometimes categorized as a southern state, a southwestern state, a Great Plains state, or simply as part of the Heartland of the U.S. Mexico is in North America, but is also in Latin America. In the news, our students hear about “the Arab world,” “the Middle East,” “the Muslim world,” and “southwest Asia.” What do these terms mean? And why do they sometimes appear to be used interchangeably? Which countries belong within each regional term? How are the regions different and how are they the same? This activity leads students to analyze the characteristics of each country and to determine which category or categories apply to each. This lesson lays groundwork for students’ understanding of the complex relationships these countries have with one another.

Janet Hall