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.
VA.SS.WG. World Geography
WG.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
WG.1.b. Using geographic information to determine patterns and trends to understand world regions.
WG.1.f. Explaining indirect cause-and-effect relationships to understand geospatial connections.
WG.3. The student will apply the concept of a region by:
WG.3.a. Explaining how characteristics of regions have led to regional labels.
WG.3.b. Describing how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants.
WG.3.c. Analyzing how cultural characteristics, including the world’s major languages, ethnicities, and religions, link or divide regions.
WG.4. The student will apply social science skills to evaluate the significance of natural, human, and capital resources by:
WG.4.b. Showing the influence of resources on patterns of economic activity and land use.
WG.5. The student will analyze the characteristics of the regions of the United States and Canada by:
WG.5.b. Describing major physical and environmental features.
WG.5.d. Recognizing cultural influences and landscapes.
WG.17. The student will apply social science skills to analyze the impact of globalization by:
WG.17.b. Describing ways that economic and social interactions change over time.
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.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.h. Using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made.