Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.10c - Transportation, Communications, and Technology

The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by

c)  explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia’s prosperity and role in the global economy.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


·  Various organizations help people achieve their individual economic goals.

·  Changes to the infrastructure of a society (transportation, communications, institutions) affect the growth of decline of the society.

·  Technology has changed throughout history.

·  Advances in technology facilitate economic growth and political power.


Advances in transportation, communications, and technology have facilitated migration and led to economic development in Virginia.

Industries in Virginia produce goods and services used throughout the United States.

How have advances in transportation facilitated migration and economic growth?

How have advances in communications and technology helped the economy of Virginia grow?

In what ways is Virginia part of the U.S. economy?


Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Make connections between past and present. (VS.1e)

Virginia’s transportation system (highways, railroads, air transportation, shipping) moves raw materials to factories and finished products to markets. Virginia exports agricultural and manufactured products, including tobacco, poultry, coal, and large ships.

Virginia has a large number of communications and other technology industries.

Tourism is a major part of Virginia’s economy.

Because many federal government workers live and/or work in Virginia, the federal government has a significant impact on Virginia’s economy.


Three branches of government, legislative branch, Senate, House of Delegates, governor, executive branch, judicial branch, state constitution, seafood, peanuts, shipbuilding, tourism, military bases, information technology, federal and state government, farming, horse industry, apples, recreation, poultry, dairy, beef, coal mining, raw materials, finished products, export

Updated: Mar 02, 2018