Virginia Standards of Learning
VA.SS.VS. Virginia Studies
Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution
VS.5. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by:
VS.5.a. Identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with Great Britain, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
VA.SS.USI. United States History to 1865
Revolution and the New Nation: 1770s to the Early 1800s
USI.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand the causes and results of the American Revolution by:
USI.6.b. Describing how political ideas shaped the revolutionary movement in America and led to the Declaration of Independence.
VA.SS.VUS. Virginia and United States History
VUS.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
VUS.1.a. Synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about events in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.d. Constructing arguments, using evidence from multiple sources.
VUS.1.e. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.f. Explaining how indirect cause-and-effect relationships impact people, places, and events in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.g. Analyzing multiple connections across time and place.
VUS.1.j. Investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing.
Revolution and the New Nation
VUS.4. The student will apply social science skills to understand the issues and events leading to and during the Revolutionary Period by:
VUS.4.c. Explaining how conflicting loyalties created political differences among the colonists concerning separation from Great Britain.
VUS.4.e. Evaluating how key principles in the Declaration of Independence grew in importance to become unifying ideas of American political philosophy.
VA.SS.GOVT. Virginia and United States Government
GOVT.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States constitutional government by:
GOVT.2.e. Analyzing the natural rights philosophies expressed in the Declaration of Independence.