Geography ~ US History II
Know your states and major cities
  • I have finished and turned in assignment 1.
  • I have completed my map that includes regions, states and cities.
  • I have practiced with the flashcards.
  • I have answered all essential questions and turned them in.
  • I have scored an 85 or better on the quiz!
  • I can label the 50 states, 19 cities and 7 regions that are listed in my study guide.

If you answered YES I HAVE to all of the above, you are ready for the test!
  • Completed Cornell Notes from assignment 1.
  • Completed maps of regions, states and cities from assignment 2.
  • Completed Essential Questions from assignment 3.

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Assignment 1 - Regions
    For your first assignment you will be expected to take Cornell Notes on what you read about the 7 regions of the United States.  Your teacher will give you the Geography Cornell Notes pages.  Once you have completed this, turn in your notes to your teacher.  When you get your notes back, you should keep them in the History section of your binder.  You may want to use your study guide to help you understand the information better.
What is a region?

Regions are places that have similar characteristics that make them different from surrounding areas.  Sometimes these characteristics are physical like the ones you studied last year.  This year we are going to look at the United States with the states grouped into political regions.  What other ways can you think of to group regions?  It can be confusing to look at different maps of the United States and realize that the states are grouped many ways and that different maps show different regions! 

We are going to use the map that groups the United States into 7 regions. They are as follows:
  • Noncontiguous
  • Pacific
  • Southwest
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Midwest
  • Northeast
  • Southeast
Noncontiguous Region

The noncontiguous region includes Hawaii and Alaska.
You might not think that Hawaii and Alaska have anything in common, but to understand why these two states have been grouped together you simply need to understand what noncontiguous means and then look at a map of the United States. 

Hawaii is a series of islands in the Pacific Ocean. 

Alaska is located in the Northwest corner of North America and is separated from the contiguous 48 United States by Canadian territory.

Click below to watch a short video about each state.

Pacific Region

The Pacific region includes the states of California, Oregon and Washington.  These three states are located along the west coast of the United States
and border the Pacific Ocean.

An easy way to remember the states and their location is to remember that there is a COW along the westcoast....
California
Oregon
Washington





Read some fun facts & trivia about each state.
Washington
California
Oregon
Southwest Region

The Southwest Region includes the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.  As the name indicates these states are located in the Southwest part of the United States.

Click below for more information on the Southwest.





Information for
the Southwest
Assignment 2 - Map
Your second assignment is to create a map for the History section of your binder.  You can use your tablet to do this or get a blank outline map of the US from your teacher.  You may want to use your study guide to do this.   You will need to label the 7 regions, all 50 states and the 19 cities listed in your study guide.  Once you have completed the assignment, show it to your teacher, then put it in the History section of your binder.
Rocky Mountain Region

The Rocky Mountain region includes the following states:
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Idaho

These states are located directly east of the Pacific region and north of the Southwest region.  As their name indicates these states are in the Rocky Mountains



Assignment 3 - Essential Questions
Your Third assignment is to answer the essential questions for this unit.  You may do them on your tablet or on paper.  You must use complete sentences and answer with
a minimum of 5 sentences.  Once you complete them, hand them in to your teacher,
when you get them back put them in the history section of your binder.
Midwest Region

The Midwest region includes the following states:
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio           This video is about Nebraska, BUT, it gives you a
                     good idea of what the Great Plains are like!

These states are located pretty much in the middle of the United States. The region is east of the Rocky Mountain region.  This region is home to many farms as well as large cities like Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis.

Northeast Region

The Northeast region includes the following states:
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire




These states are located in the Northeast section of the United States.  Even though there are many rural areas in the Northeast, most people think of big cities like Philadelphia and New York when they think of the Northeast.  The upper part of the Northeast is sometimes referred to as New England.  Those states are Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.



Southeast Region

The Southeast region includes the following states:
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

These states are located in the Southeast section of the United States.  East of the Southwest region.  Our nations capital, Washington DC is located in the Southeast region.  This region is very diverse from the Appalacian Mountain Range to the sunny tropical weather of the Florida Keys



  • What are some ways of grouping the 50 states?

  • What are some examples of cities that historically have had political, economic, and/or cultural significance to the development of the United States?