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Engage your students with history! Develop their powers of analysis and inquiry by guiding them to examine and study a historical source. Use these analysis sheets with any historical source to guide their exploration.
ATTACK the Source (Elementary)
Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)
How was the Constitution created? What did the delegates contribute in creating the Constitution?
SOL: CE.2, CE.3, USI.7, VS.5
What would life be like without the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and the right to petition?
SOL: GOVT.1, GOVT.11, GOVT.3, VUS.1, VUS.5
Who were Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and George Mason?
SOL: 1.10, 1.2, 1.3, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, K.1, K.8, K.9, VS.5, VS.6
How did Virginians react to the Brown v. Board of Education court decision and Virginia's policy of massive resistance?
SOL: GOVT.1, VUS.1, VUS.14
How did Edith Turner, chief of the Nottoway navigate nineteenth-century Nottoway and Anglo-American societies while keeping the tribe's children on the reservation?
SOL: USI.1, USI.3, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.6
Why was the Battle of Yorktown a turning point in the Revolutionary War?
SOL: USI.6, VS.5
How did the Battle of Great Bridge, Jack Jouett's ride, and the Battle of Yorktown aid in turning the tables on the British during the War for Independence?
SOL: 1.4, 2.6, 3.6, K.4, USI.1, USII.1, VS.1, VS.5, VUS.1, VUS.4, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1
How can we use historical maps to identify Virginia's counties and learn the political geography of Virginia?
SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.5, 3.6, K.5, USI.1, USI.2, VS.1, VUS.1, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1
How do Gerhard Mercator's early maps show the historical perception of West Africa?
SOL: 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, USI.1, USI.2, USII.1, WG.4, WHI.1, WHI.1, WHI.10
Why was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia so important and, therefore, copied so many times?
SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 3.5, 3.6, K.1, K.2, K.3, USI.1, USI.3, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.1, VUS.2, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1