The standards for Virginia Studies allow students to develop a greater understanding of Virginia’s rich history, from the early settlements of American Indian language groups and the founding of Jamestown to the present. Geographic, economic, and civic concepts are presented within this historic context. Students will develop the skills needed to analyze, interpret, and demonstrate knowledge of important events and ideas in our history, and understand the contributions made by people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students will use geographic tools to examine the influence of physical and cultural geography on Virginia history. Ideas that form the foundation for political institutions in Virginia and the United States also are included as part of the story of Virginia.
The study of history must emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by all of the standards for history and social science.
Session 1: Jamestown
Session 2: Virginia Assembly (1619)
Session 3: The Role of Virginia in the American Revolution
Session 4: Sample Assessment Items
Session 1: Virginians and the Establishment of the New American Nation
Session 2: Sample Assessment Items