Exploring Appalachian Poverty in Ohio


Kathy Rowell, Sinclair Community College

Learning Goals


  • After the completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain the difference between correlation and causation.
  • Define the key concepts.
  • Create a bar chart and interpret it.


  • Discuss the correlations between living in an Appalachian county in Ohio and various indicators of poverty.
Context for Use

Students in this sociology class will role play as members of the governor’s office to inform the Governor of many of the problems facing children in the United States and the State of Ohio. Data analysis pertaining to hunger, poverty, crime, health, and education are included as multiple resources for data, in addition to KidsCount, are used.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses the charts, rankings and maps on KidsCount!. KidsCount is an easy-to-use tool to investigate U.S. trends using census data.

Kidscount: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/