Subject Area(s): Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 4 - 5

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices


Virginia Studies


VS.1 - The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis including the ability to

  1. identify and interpret artifacts and primary and secondary source documents to understand events in history;

Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution

VS.3 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

  1. describing the interactions between the English settlers and the Powhatan people, including the contributions of the Powhatans to the survival of the settlers.

VS.5 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by

  1. identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;

Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s

VS.6 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by

  1. explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of our Country” and James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution”;

Civil War and Post-War Eras

VS.7 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

  1. identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;
  2. describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.

Virginia: 1900 to the Present

VS.9 - The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth century Virginia by

identifying the political, social, and/or economic contributions made by Harry F. Byrd, Sr.


Two 1 hour, 15 minute class periods. (Depending upon student pacing.)

Lesson Summary

During this lesson, students will examine Library of Congress articles in cooperative groups to determine the salient points, put these points into their own words, and draft a series of questions connecting to this famous Virginian or Virginia landmark, in order to create a 'Quiz Box' to be used as part of our 'Memory Game' while reviewing Virginia History at the end of the course.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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