Virginia Standards of Learning
VA.SS.VS. Virginia Studies
VS.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
VS.1.c. Interpreting charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of people, places, or events in Virginia history.
VS.1.d. Recognizing points of view and historical perspectives.
VS.1.e. Comparing and contrasting ideas and cultural perspectives in Virginia history.
VS.1.f. Determining relationships with multiple causes or effects in Virginia history.
VS.1.g. Explaining connections across time and place.
Virginia: The Physical Geography and Native Peoples
VS.2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between physical geography and the lives of the native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by:
VS.2.f. Describing how archaeologists have recovered new material evidence at sites including Werowocomoco and Jamestown.
Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution
VS.3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the first permanent English settlement in America by:
VS.3.a. Explaining the reasons for English colonization.
VS.3.b. Describing the economic and geographic influences on the decision to settle at Jamestown.
VS.3.c. Describing the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement.
VS.3.d. Identifying the importance of the General Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America.
VS.3.e. Identifying the impact of the arrival of Africans and English women to the Jamestown settlement.
VS.3.f. Describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival.
VS.3.g. Describing the interactions between the English settlers and the native peoples, including the role of the Powhatan in the survival of the settlers.
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.
USI.4.b. Describing cultural and economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians that led to cooperation and conflict, with emphasis on the American Indian and European concept of land.
VA.SS.WHI. World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (C.E.)
Postclassical Civilizations, 300 to 1000 A.D. (C.E.)
WHI.10. The student will apply social science skills to understand Western Europe during the Middle Ages from about 500 to 1000 A.D. (C.E.) in terms of its impact on Western civilization by:
WHI.10.d. Describing the social, religious, and cultural patterns of the Vikings.
VA.SS.VUS. Virginia and United States History
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.
VUS.2.b. Analyzing the cultural interactions among American Indians, Europeans, and Africans.