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About the Tennessee Lesson

A lesson on the state of Tennessee. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.

• To introduce students to salient features about the state of Tennessee and its history.

Suggested Grades
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

Tennessee is located in the eastern United States and is surrounded by eight other states: Kentucky to the north; North Carolina to the east; Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to the south; plus Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Mississippi River forms the boundary between Tennessee and its neighbors to the west while the Appalachian Mountains divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

Early History
The Mississippian culture of Native Americans called eastern Tennessee home. The Mississippians originally resided in the Mississippi River valley and eventually spread their influence throughout the central United States. The Mississippian culture flourished from around 900 to 1450 CE. Mississippians like their predecessors the Woodland people, built earthen burial mounds which survive in preserved areas today. Today?s name for an ancient Mississippian city in Tennessee is Mound Bottom, located on the Harpeth River.




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