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What do Pearl S. Buck, Stonewall Jackson, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. have in common? Why, they are all famous West Virginians, of course. Researchers visit the Famous West Virginians website and select an individual to use as the focus of an extended project. Although specifically designed for West Virginia, the research procedures and concepts could be applied to any state.
Fourth graders investigate figures who contributed to the state of Virginia. In this Virginia History instructional activity, 4th graders investigate the lives of prominent Virginians and compose essays regarding the lives and contributions the individuals made to the state. Students use type the essays and add them to a class Excel document.
After reading the Declaration of Independence, the Speech to the Virginia Convention, and The Crisis, No. 1, class members discuss the ideas in and structure of these famous documents. Groups focus on either the purpose, tone, diction, persuasive techniques, or organization of the documents. Using the jigsaw format, they share their knowledge with the other groups. Finally, the whole class creates a concept map comparing the three readings.
Learners examine the inception of the Bill of Rights. In this civil liberty lesson, students use vocabulary and primary sources to critically explore the Bill of Rights. Learners will examine the Virginia Declaration of Rights as a milestone in the development of colonial government.
Fourth graders explore Virginia. In this social studies and technology lesson, 4th graders work in groups to create an 8 slide PowerPoint presentation about an assigned region of Virginia. Students view a variety of printed and online resources to gather the appropriate information.
Learners explore West Virginia history with regard to Mountain and Appalachian Culture. They compare and contrast life now with life 100-150 years ago. They write and illustrate a short story about the life of children 100-150 years ago. There are also some ideas for planning a class Mountain Culture Celebration.
If you are a geology teacher in the state of Virginia, then this resource is right up your alley! It examines the five geologic provinces of Virginia: The Coastal Plain, The Piedmont, The Blue Ridge Mountains, The Valley and Ridge Province, and The Appalachian Plateau. The rock and mineral content and geologic history are explored for each. If you do not reside in Virginia, consider creating a similar presentation on the geology of your state.
Virginia Woolf came to light in an era dominated by patriarchy. This presentation focuses on the famous author, her childhood, her inspirations, and themes that are recurrent in her writing. A Room of One's Own is also focused on here, and the audience discusses some of the typical careers that women could have entered in her time. Since a script is not provided, some of the material might be difficult to use.