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

(Click on the standard below to see VDOE suggested experiences with each skill)

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

a) analyzing and interpreting artifacts and primary and secondary sources to understand events in United States history;  

b) analyzing and interpreting geographic information to determine patterns and trends in United States history; 

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

d) using evidence to draw conclusions and make generalizations; 

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

f) determining relationships with multiple causes or effects in United States history;  

g) explaining connections across time and place; 

h) using a decision-making model to identify the costs and benefits of a specific choice made; 

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

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

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Quarter 4

North American Geography
(throughout the year)
USI.2a - Continents and Oceans
USI.2b - Geographic Regions of North America
USI.2c - Major Bodies of Water
USI.2d - Key Geographic Features

Archaeology & American Indians
(3 weeks)
USI.3a - Archaeology and Cactus Hill
USI.3b - American Indians Locations
USI.3c - American Indians Use of Resources

Explorers
(3 weeks)
USI.4a - European Exploration
USI.4b - European Cultural and Economic Interactions with American Indians
USI.4c - West African Empires

North American Geography
(throughout the year)
USI.2a - Continents and Oceans
USI.2b - Geographic Regions of North America
USI.2c - Major Bodies of Water
USI.2d - Key Geographic Features

American Colonies
(4 weeks)
USI.5a - Early Settlements and Colonies
USI.5b - Colonial Regions
USI.5c - Colonial Specialization & Interdependence
USI.5d - Colonial Social Groups
USI.5e - Colonial Political and Economic Relationship with Great Britain

American Revolution
(4 weeks)
USI.6a - Road to Revolution
USI.6c - Key Events and Roles of Key Individuals in the American Revolution
USI.6b - Declaration of Independence
USI.6d - Colonial Advantages in Victory

North American Geography
(throughout the year)
USI.2a - Continents and Oceans
USI.2b - Geographic Regions of North America
USI.2c - Major Bodies of Water
USI.2d - Key Geographic Features

A New Nation
(4-5 weeks)
USI.7a - Articles of Confederation
USI.7b - Development of the Constitution
USI.7c - First Five President

Westward Expansion
(4 weeks)
USI.8a - Territorial Expansion after 1801
USI.8b - Geographic and Economic Factors of Westward Expansion
USI.8c - Impact of Westward Expansion on American Indians
USI.8d - Impact of Inventions

North American Geography
(throughout the year)
USI.2a - Continents and Oceans
USI.2b - Geographic Regions of North America
USI.2c - Major Bodies of Water
USI.2d - Key Geographic Features

Reform Movements & The Civil War
(6-7 weeks)
USI.8e - Reform Movements
USI.9a - Issues that Divided the Nation
USI.9b - Sectional Tensions
USI.9c - Union/Border/Slave States
USI.9d - Key Individuals of the Civil War
USI.9e - Major Battles of the Civil War and the Influence of Location
USI.9f - Effects of the Civil War

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2019-2020 US History to 1865 Performance Assessment Plan

Instructional Core Essentials 

ELL 6-12 Standards