Virginia State Standards for Social Studies: Grade 4

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VA.VS.1.a. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to identify and interpret artifacts and primary and secondary source documents to understand events in history. 1
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VA.VS.1.b. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to determine cause and effect relationships. 2
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VA.VS.1.c. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to compare and contrast historical events. 3
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VA.VS.1.d. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to draw conclusions and make generalizations. 4
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VA.VS.1.e. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to make connections between past and present.

VA.VS.1.f. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to sequence events in Virginia history.

VA.VS.1.g. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives.

VA.VS.1.h. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to evaluate and discuss issues orally and in writing.

VA.VS.1.i. Virginia Studies: Skills: The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events.

VA.VS.2.a. Virginia Studies: Virginia: The Land and Its First Inhabitants: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by locating Virginia and its bordering states on maps of the United States.

VA.VS.2.b. Virginia Studies: Virginia: The Land and Its First Inhabitants: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by locating and describing Virginia's Coastal Plain (Tidewater), Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau.

VA.VS.2.c. Virginia Studies: Virginia: The Land and Its First Inhabitants: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by locating and identifying water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, and Rappahannock River).

VA.VS.2.d. Virginia Studies: Virginia: The Land and Its First Inhabitants: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by locating three American Indian (First American) language groups (the Algonquian, the Siouan, and the Iroquoian) on a map of Virginia.

VA.VS.2.e. Virginia Studies: Virginia: The Land and Its First Inhabitants: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by describing how American Indians (First Americans) adapted to the climate and their environment to secure food, clothing, and shelter.

VA.VS.3.a. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by explaining the reasons for English colonization.

VA.VS.3.b. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown.

VA.VS.3.c. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by identifying the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement.

VA.VS.3.d. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by identifying the importance of the Virginia Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America.

VA.VS.3.e. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by identifying the importance of the arrival of Africans and women to the Jamestown settlement. 1
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VA.VS.3.f. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival.

VA.VS.3.g. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by describing the interactions between the English settlers and the Powhatan people, including the contributions of the Powhatans to the survival of the settlers.

VA.VS.4.a. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by explaining the importance of agriculture and its influence on the institution of slavery. 2
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VA.VS.4.b. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by describing how European (English, Scotch-Irish, German) immigrants, Africans, and American Indians (First Americans) influenced the cultural landscape and changed the relationship between the Virginia colony and England.

VA.VS.4.c. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by explaining how geography influenced the relocation of Virginia's capital from Jamestown to Williamsburg to Richmond.

VA.VS.4.d. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by describing how money, barter, and credit were used.

VA.VS.5.a. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with England as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

VA.VS.5.b. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. 4
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VA.VS.5.c. Virginia Studies: Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by identifying the importance of the American victory at Yorktown.

VA.VS.6.a. Virginia Studies: Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by explaining why George Washington is called the 'Father of our Country' and James Madison is called the 'Father of the Constitution'.

VA.VS.6.b. Virginia Studies: Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by identifying the ideas of George Mason and Thomas Jefferson as expressed in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

VA.VS.6.c. Virginia Studies: Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by explaining the influence of geography on the migration of Virginians into Western territories. 1
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VA.VS.7.a. Virginia Studies: Civil War and Post-War Eras: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia. 1
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VA.VS.7.b. Virginia Studies: Civil War and Post-War Eras: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by describing Virginia's role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.

VA.VS.8.a. Virginia Studies: Civil War and Post-War Eras: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by identifying the effects of Reconstruction on life in Virginia.

VA.VS.8.b. Virginia Studies: Civil War and Post-War Eras: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by identifying the effects of segregation and 'Jim Crow' on life in Virginia.

VA.VS.8.c. Virginia Studies: Civil War and Post-War Eras: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by describing the importance of railroads, new industries, and the growth of cities to Virginia's economic development. 2
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VA.VS.9.a. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth century Virginia by describing the economic and social transition from a rural, agricultural society to a more urban, industrialized society, including the reasons people came to Virginia from other states and countries.

VA.VS.9.b. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth century Virginia by identifying the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and Massive Resistance and their relationship to national history. 1
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VA.VS.9.c. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth century Virginia by identifying the political, social, and/or economic contributions made by Maggie Walker, Harry F. Byrd, Sr., Arthur R. Ashe, Jr., and L. Douglas Wilder.

VA.VS.10.a. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by identifying the three branches of Virginia government and the function of each.

VA.VS.10.b. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by describing the major products and industries of Virginia's five geographic regions.

VA.VS.10.c. Virginia Studies: Virginia: 1900 to the Present: The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia's prosperity and role in the global economy.

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