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The view from up high of Harper's Ferry,

Cultural Project Area

We know that Appalachia is not just a mountain range, but a region filled with rich culture.  NPR has referred to this region's “best-kept secret” as the mountain and hills that have set the stage for “some of the most quintessential and daring American experiences of innovation, rebellion, and social change.”  This is our heritage and we want to teach it to our students at West Virginia Academy.


In the primary school we will be focusing on learning TO KNOW  and celebrate our Appalachia heritage. Projects in this area are provided by the Appalachian Studies Association, which is headquartered at Marshall University.  We will also use lesson plans from the website Applit, a website that provides teachers with Appalachian Literature for children and young adults. Activities include Appalachian Folk instruments, Folk heroes, superstitions, and more.


We want our older students TO KNOW the role of cultural development.  Students will complete assignments and projects that ask them to examine his/her culture when compared to those of other cultures and beliefs.  Students will also study the concept of globalization and explore the trade-offs and dilemmas associated with intercultural communication.  Projects and curriculum will be supplemented by the Global Workforce Project. (

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