Virginia Standards of Learning
VA.SS.USI. United States History to 1865
Exploration to Revolution: Pre-Columbian Times to the 1770s
USI.4. The student will apply social science skills to understand European exploration in North America and West Africa by:
USI.4.a. Describing the motivations for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English explorations.
Expansion and Reform: 1801 to 1861
USI.8. The student will apply social science skills to understand westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by:
USI.8.a. Describing territorial expansion and how it affected the political map of the United States, with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the acquisitions of Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California.
VA.SS.WHII. World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to the Present
Emergence of a Global Age, 1500 to 1800 A.D. (C.E.)
WHII.4. The student will apply social science skills to understand the impact of the European Age of Exploration by:
WHII.4.b. Describing the geographic expansion into Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
WHII.4.c. Comparing and contrasting the social and cultural influences of European settlement on Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
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.e. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.h. Using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made.
Early America: Settlement and Colonization
VUS.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the impact of the Age of Exploration by:
VUS.2.a. Describing the characteristics of early exploration and evaluating the impact of European settlement in the Americas.