Social Studies - 2017-18
VS.2d - Algonquian, Siouan, and Iroquoian
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the physical geography and native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by
d) locating three American Indian language groups (the Algonquian, the Siouan, and the Iroquoian) on a map of Virginia.
Bloom's Level: Remember
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
American Indians were the first people who lived in Virginia.
American Indians lived in all areas of the state.There were three major language groups in Virginia.
Why are native peoples called “Indians”?
What evidence is there that American Indians lived in all areas of Virginia?What were the three major language groups found in Virginia, and where was each group located?
Analyze and interpret
Christopher Columbus called the people he found in the lands he explored “Indians” because he thought he was in the Indies (near China).
Artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, and other tools that have been found tell a lot about the people who lived in Virginia.
Three major language groups of Virginia
- Algonquian languages were spoken primarily in
the Tidewater region; the Powhatan were part of this group.
- Siouan languages were spoken primarily in the
Piedmont region; the Monacan were part of this group.
- Iroquoian languages were spoken in Southwestern Virginia and in Southern
Virginia near what is today North Carolina;
the Cherokee were a part of this group.
The Indies, China, American Indian, Algonquin, Siouan, Iroquoian