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Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region (Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia) Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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  • Series: Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia
  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821420410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821420416
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,319,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“This volume does many things well. Essays in this work serve as primers on Appalachian history, on folklore and the oral tradition, on ecocriticism, and on service-learning.”

— Douglas Reichert Powell, author of Critical Regionalism

“In this book, (Burriss and Gantt) have engaged some of the region’s foremost post-secondary teachers to share their best ideas for teaching about the region. For example, John C. Inscoe on teaching history, Erica Abrams Locklear and Jeff Mann on teaching literature, Ricky L. Cox on teaching the novel, and Grace Edwards on teaching poetry.”—Appalachian Heritage

About the Author

Theresa L. Burriss is the Chair of Appalachian Studies and Director of the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University, Virginia. She is the contributing senior editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, and her publications on the Affrilachians have appeared in the journals Appalachian Heritage and Iron Mountain Review, as well as in the books An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature and Encyclopedia of African American Literature.

Patricia M. Gantt is Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of English at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She is the editor of the five-volume Student’s Encyclopedia of Great American Writers. Her work on Appalachian writers has appeared in Iron Mountain Review, An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature, Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, and Breaking Boundaries: New Perspectives on Regional Writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Moore on September 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
This text is easy to read and contains fresh ideas for classroom teachers.

Teachers will recognize many of the mainstay literary examples and enjoy learning of more recent works.

The text introduced me to a unique West Virginia folktale, SNOW IN SUMMER, by Jane Yolan, and a new-to-me piece of Civil War history in the novel THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT by Ron Rash.

Interestingly, the Rash novel is set in the drug-addicted present but involves the history of a family with ties to an actual Civil War massacre in North Carolina.

The book is easy to read and filled with teaching options.
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