Education from LVA


The initial development of this educational content was made possible through a grant from the Elis Olssen Foundation and the commitment of Library of Virginia interns and the Educational Advisory Council.

Engage your students with history! Develop their powers of analysis and inquiry by guiding them to examine and study a historical source. Use these analysis sheets with any historical source to guide their exploration.

ATTACK the Source (Elementary)

You are CLEVER enough to examine a historical source (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (High)

The African Kingdom of Mali: Introducing Mali from Mercators Maps

How do Gerhard Mercator's early maps show the historical perception of West Africa?

SOL: 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, USI.1, USI.2, USII.1, WG.4, WHI.1, WHI.1, WHI.10

John Smiths Masterpiece and Copyright Nightmare

Why was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia so important and, therefore, copied so many times?

SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 3.5, 3.6, K.1, K.2, K.3, USI.1, USI.3, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.1, VUS.2, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1

Historical Maps with a Modern Use

How can we use historical maps to strengthen our mental maps of the modern world?

SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.5, 3.6, K.4, USI.1, USI.2, VS.1, VUS.1, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1

Blank Space: Mapping the Unknown

How did early maps show the mapmakers' perception of the known world?

SOL: 1.4, 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, K.4, K.5, USI.1, USI.2, USII.1, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.1, VUS.2, WG.1, WHI.1, WHII.1, WHII.4

Freedom is Worth Fighting For: Billy and James

What choices did the Revolutionary War create for enslaved African Americans in Virginia?

SOL: VS.1, VS.5

Death or Liberty: Gabriels Rebellion

What would you do to secure your freedom? Is there any price too steep?

SOL: CE.1, USI.8, VUS.1, VUS.6

Virginia Indians in the Twentieth Century

How does the annual payment of tribute to the governor by some of Virginia's Indians attest to their continuing presence?

SOL: USI.3, USI.4, VS.2, VUS.2

The Womens Land Army and World War II Posters

What are some ways that women contributed to the war effort during WWII?

SOL: CE.1, USII.1, USII.7, VUS.1, VUS.12

Arthur Ashe

What are the characteristics of a person worthy of being a member of the Human Being Hall of Fame?

SOL: CE.1, USII.9, VS.1, VS.9

Virginia Ordinance of Secession

What did the Virginia Ordinance of Secession declare?

SOL: USI.1, USI.9, VS.1, VS.7, VUS.1, VUS.7