Social Studies

The History and Social Science Standards of Learning are designed to:

• develop the knowledge and skills of history, geography, civics, and economics that enable students to place the people, ideas, and events that have shaped our state and our nation in perspective;

• instill in students a thoughtful pride in the history of America through an understanding that what “We the People of the United States” launched more than two centuries ago was not a perfect union, but a continual effort to build a “more perfect” union, one which has become the world’s most successful example of constitutional self-government;

• enable students to understand the basic values, principles, and operation of American constitutional democracy;

• prepare students for informed, responsible, and participatory citizenship;

• develop students’ skills in debate, discussion, and writing; and

• provide students with a framework for continuing education in history and the social sciences.


History and social science skills are a key component of understanding historical, geographic, political, and economic events or trends. They are the tools used to increase student understanding of the history and social science curriculum. The development of these skills is also important in order for students to become better-informed citizens. Note: The skills will not be assessed in isolation; rather, they will be assessed as part of the content in the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

For information, contact Katherine McNeely     

Articles of Interest from VDOE:

  • How Aztecs Reacted to Colonial Epidemics

    By Richard Herzog

    Devastating epidemics have been part of American history at least since the arrival of the first Europeans. Then as now, Native Americans and people of African descent have been disproportionately affected by diseases brought to the “New World” by Europeans.  In school we read and learn about the epidemics from the perspective of the European conquerors. However, reports going back to the early colonial period from indigenous peoples offer us vital testimonies of adaptation and resilience.

  • How Migrant Labor Policies Shaped a Latino Identity

    When Puerto Rican and Mexican workers came to the U.S. in large numbers, they faced similar discrimination and bigotry.

  • Ynés Mexía: Botanical Trailblazer

    This Mexican-American botanist fought against the harshness of both nature and society to follow her passion for plant collecting.

  • History Moves With Us  A movement veteran reflects on teaching civil rights history.  CHARLES E. COBB JR. and HASAN KWAME JEFFRIES
VDOE Crosswalk Document
Crosswalk Document (showing changes from 2008 to 2015 standards)
Assessment Supplement (showing 2008 content that must be taught with 2015 standards for Virginia Studies, Civics, WHI, WHII, WG, and US/VA History)

2020-21 Virtual Teaching Resources

Education at Library of Virginia
Go Open VA
PBS Learning Media
Google Expedition App
National Geographic
Smithsonian Distance Learning
New American History
National Museum of African American History and Culture

                                  Elementary Social Studies and History                            
Curriculum Maps K-5
Active Classroom Strategies: Emphasizing the Skills 
Content Literacy Resources for Grades K-5                
                                      Middle School History                                                    
Curriculum Maps         
Active Classroom Strategies: Emphasizing the Skills  
Content Literacy Resources for Grade 6-12
                                       High School History                                                      
Curriculum Maps
Active Classroom Strategies: Emphasizing the Skills  
Content Literacy Resources for Grades 6-12
                                   Unpacking the Standards                                              
Unpacking the Standards PPT                   
                             Alternative Assessment Information                                  
Alternate Assessment Tasks (must be signed into Bedford Google account)
Video Explaining Alternate Assessment Task Webpage Navigation

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