**Social Studies lessons should include a content standard and a skill standard.

Please click on the link(s) below of suggested experiences by the VDOE: 

The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by 

a) synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about events in Virginia and United States history; 

b) using geographic information to determine patterns and trends in Virginia and United States history; 

c) interpreting charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of people, places, or events in Virginia and United States history; 

d) constructing arguments, using evidence from multiple sources; 

e) comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in Virginia and United States history; 

f) explaining how indirect cause-and-effect relationships impact people, places, and events in Virginia and United States history; 

g) analyzing multiple connections across time and place; 

h) using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made; 

i) identifying the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and ethical use of material and intellectual property; and 

j) investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing

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Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Early Exploration
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.2a - Early Exploration and Settlements
VUS.2b - American Indians, Europeans, Africans

Colonization in the New World
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.3a - Economic Characteristics of Colonies
VUS.3b - Social and Political Factors of the Colonies
VUS.3c - Indentured Servitude and Slavery

American Revolution
(2-3 weeks)
VUS.4a - French and Indian War
VUS.4b - The Enlightenment
VUS.4e - Declaration of Independence
VUS.4c - The American Revolution
VUS.4d - Colonial Victory

Constitutional Era
(2-3 weeks)
VUS.5a - Founding Documents
VUS.5b - Constitutional Convention
VUS.5c - Federalists and Anti-Federalists
VUS.5d - John Marshall's Court

Early National Period
(3-4 weeks)
VUS.6a - Territorial Expansion after 1800
VUS.6b - Political Results of Territorial Expansion
VUS.6c - War of 1812
VUS.6d - The Age of Jackson
VUS.6e - Issues that Divided the Nation
VUS.6f - James K. Polk

Civil War + Reconstruction
(3-4 weeks)
VUS.6g - Causes of the Civil War
VUS.7a - Major Events and Leaders of the Civil War
VUS.7b - Emancipation Proclamation & Gettysburg Address
VUS.7c - Impact of the War on Americans
VUS.7d - Reconstruction
VUS.7e - Economic and Political Effects from the Civil War and Reconstruction

Growth & Progress
(3-4 weeks)
VUS.8d - Jim Crow Era + Practice of Eugenics in Virginia
VUS.8a - Westward Movement
VUS.8b - Inventors and Innovations
VUS.8c - Immigration
VUS.8e - Industrialization & Growth of Cities
VUS.8f - Progressive Movement

Global Interaction
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.9a - Foreign Policy in Latin America
VUS.9b - World War I
VUS.9c - Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations

1920's and 1930's
(2 weeks)
VUS.10a - 1920's Popular Culture
VUS.10b - Causes and Consequences of the Stock Market Crash
VUS.10c - Great Depression
VUS.10d - FDR's New Deal

World War II
(3 weeks)
VUS.11a - Causes and Events of World War II
VUS.11b - WWII: The European Theater
VUS.11c - WWII: The Pacific Theater
VUS.11d - WWII: The Homefront
VUS.11e - The Holocaust
VUS.11f - Treatment of Prisoners + Internment Camps

Cold War
(4 weeks)
VUS.12a - World War II Outcomes
VUS.12b - Origins of the Cold War
VUS.12c - United States and NATO
VUS.12d - Korea, Vietnam, and China
VUS.12e - US & Cuba Relations
VUS.12f - Impact of the Cold War at home
VUS.12g - Collapse of Communism

Civil Rights Movement
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.13a - United States Economic Expansion
VUS.13b - Integration Court Cases and Reaction
VUS.13c - Civil Rights Movement
VUS.13d - Immigration Trends
VUS.13e - Foreign and Domestic Policies after the Cold War
VUS.13f - Scientific and Technological Advances
VUS.13g - Expansion of Popular Culture

Contemporary US
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.14a - Role of the Supreme Court
VUS.14b - International Terrorism
VUS.14c - Changing Role of Government
VUS.14d - Scientific and Technological Changes in American Culture

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ELL 6-12 Standards