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.WG. World Geography
WG.6. The student will analyze the characteristics of the Latin American and Caribbean regions by:
WG.6.a. Identifying and analyzing the location of major geographic regions and major cities on maps and globes.
WG.6.b. Describing major physical and environmental features.
WG.6.d. Recognizing cultural influences and landscapes.
VA.SS.WHI. World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (C.E.)
WHI.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
WHI.1.e. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in world history.
WHI.1.f. Explaining how indirect cause-and-effect relationships impacted people, places, and events in world history.
WHI.1.g. Analyzing multiple connections across time and place.
Regional Interactions, 1000 to 1500 A.D. (C.E.)
WHI.13. The student will apply social science skills to understand the major civilizations of the Western Hemisphere, including the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan, by:
WHI.13.c. Evaluating and explaining the European interactions with these societies, with emphasis on trading and economic interdependence.
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.
Age of Revolutions and Imperialism
WHII.9. The student will apply social science skills to understand global interactions between 1800 to about 1900 by:
WHII.9.a. Locating the United States of America, describing its expansion between 1776 and 1900, and assessing its changing role in the world.
WHII.9.c. Describing the political and social challenges faced by Latin American nations, with emphasis on the Monroe Doctrine.
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.
VUS.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand major events in Virginia and United States history during the first half of the nineteenth century by:
VUS.6.b. Describing the political results of territorial expansion.