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LESSON PLANS

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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)

You are CLEVER enough to examine a historical source (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (High)

19th Century Interstate Slave Trade

How did forced migration of slaves influence lives in the 19th century?

SOL: USI.1, VUS.6, VUS.7

Governing in Times of Crisis: Thomas Jefferson as Virginia's Chief Executive As Seen Through His Correspondence (Currently unavailable)

What challenges did a governor face during the Revolutionary War? What issues did they have to deal with on a daily basis? Specifically, what issues confronted Thomas Jefferson in the final years of conflict? It wasn't all lofty principles . . .

SOL: USI.1, USI.6, USI.7, VS.5, VUS.4

Constitution Day Activities: Middle and High

How was the Constitution created? What did the delegates contribute in creating the Constitution?

SOL: CE.2, CE.3, USI.7, VS.5

Constitution Day Activities: Middle and High 2

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

Constitution Day Activities: Elementary

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

Virginians Respond

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

Edith Turner: Nottoway Cheroenhaka chief

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

The Battle of Yorktown Sort it Sets

Why was the Battle of Yorktown a turning point in the Revolutionary War?

SOL: USI.6, VS.5

Virginias Trifecta in the Revolutionary War: Identifying Three Major Turning Points in Virginia

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

My County Tis of Thee: Counties of Virginia

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