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.b. Identifying the various roles of American Indians, whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans in the Revolutionary War era, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette, and James Lafayette.
VS.5.c. Identifying the importance of the American victory at Yorktown.
Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s
VS.6. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by:
VS.6.a. Explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of our Country” and James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution”.
VA.SS.USI. United States History to 1865
Exploration to Revolution: Pre-Columbian Times to the 1770s
USI.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the factors that shaped colonial America by:
USI.5.e. Explaining the political and economic relationships between the colonies and Great Britain.
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.a. Explaining the issues of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution.
USI.6.b. Describing how political ideas shaped the revolutionary movement in America and led to the Declaration of Independence.
USI.6.c. Describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
USI.6.d. Explaining reasons why the colonies were able to defeat Great Britain.
USI.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the challenges faced by the new nation by:
USI.7.b. Describing the historical development of the Constitution of the United States.
USI.7.c. Describing the major accomplishments of the first five presidents of the United States.
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.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the political, cultural, geographic, and economic conditions in Europe and Russia from about 1500 A.D. (C.E) to about 1800 A.D. (C.E) by:
WHII.5.e. Explaining the causes and effects of the American and French Revolutions.
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.h. Using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made.
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.d. Analyzing the competing factors that led to colonial victory in the Revolutionary War.
VUS.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the development of the American political system by:
VUS.5.b. Describing the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution of the United States, with emphasis on the roles of James Madison and George Washington.