West Virginia State Museum Education

Middle and Secondary Standards and Lesson Plans

Search through our lesson plans for grade-specific content and other helpful resources to enhance your West Virginia studies.


6th Grade Standards

SS.6.1 Apply the process of how a bill becomes a law to follow current legistlative bill.

SS.6.2 Compare and contrast different forms of government worldwide and their influence on historic world events (e.g., The Great Depression, WWI, WWII, and 9/11).

SS.6.3 Identify the structure of the United States Congress and the constitutional requirements of congressional membership.

SS.6.4 Identify current key figures in United States government (e.g., President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, Current members of Congress from West Virginia).

SS.6.5 Examine and analyze various acts of patriotism and civil discourse in response to events throughout United States history (e.g., support of American military during wartime, Vietnam protests, Civil Rights, respect for the flag and response of Americans to 9/11).

SS.6.15 Compare and contrast historical maps and identify the changes in political boundaries as a result of conflicts.

SS.6.16 Examine population data from the U.S. Census Bureau and infer the reasons for changes and differences in various areas (e.g., difference between rural and urban areas).

SS.6.19 Demonstrate an understanding of the causes, key events and outcomes of World War I.

SS.6.20 Explain the global causes and effects of the Great Depression.

SS.6.21 Demonstrate an understanding of the causes, key events and outcomes of World War II.

SS.6.22 Demonstrate an understanding of global developments following World War II including the impact of the Cold War on the world.

SS.6.23 Identify the key figures, events and philosophies of the US Civil Rights Movement.

SS.6.24 Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and effects of the world conflicts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

7th Grade Standards

SS.7.3 Compare and contrast the roles, rights and responsibilities of free men, women, children, slaves and foreigners across time in various civilizations. (e.g., ancient civilizations, medieval times, and nation states).

SS.7.7 Compare the incentives of various countries to explore and settle new lands.

SS.7.10 Research and investigate how natural resources impact the economy.

SS.7.13 Analyze the impact of cultural diffusion on a variety of regions.

SS.7.15 Evaluate the effects of physical geography and the changing nature of the earth’s surface on transportation, culture, economic activities and urban areas.

SS.7.19 Demonstrate an understanding of ancient civilizations.

8th Grade Standards

SS.8.2 Evaluate how citizens can influence and participate in government at the local, state and national levels and assume the role of an active citizen participating in the democratic process (e.g., lobbying, voting, community service, letter writing and school elections).

SS.8.3 Identify, analyze and evaluate the responsibilities, privileges and rights of citizens of the state of West Virginia found in the state and national constitutions.

SS.8.9 Research and cite industries and products that are vital to the economy of the four regions of West Virginia both past and present, and categorize the related occupations (e.g., tourism, coal, glass, timber, chemical, oil, natural gas, agriculture service industries and gaming).

SS.8.17 Analyze the geographic factors that led to development of agricultural, coal, glass, chemical, metallurgic and tourism industries in West Virginia (e.g., floods and coal mining disasters).

SS.8.19 Identify the nine distinct tourist regions in the state of West Virginia and analyze which geographic factors influence each region.

SS.8.20 Demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of Western Virginia and the United States by Native Americans and Europeans.

SS.8.21 Demonstrate an understanding of the American Revolution, including western Virginia’s part in the development of the nation.

SS.8.22 Demonstrate an understanding of the American Civil War including its causes, effects and the major events that led to West Virginia statehood.

SS.8.23 Demonstrate an understanding of major social, political and economic developments that took place in West Virginia during the second half of the nineteenth century.

SS.8.24 Demonstrate an understanding of West Virginia’s development during the early twentieth century.

SS.8.25 Demonstrate an understanding of West Virginia’s development during the mid-twentieth century.

SS.8.26 Demonstrate an understanding of West Virginia in the modern era.

High School Standards

SS.US.18 Demonstrate an understanding of the European settlement of North America.

SS.US.20 Demonstrate an understanding of westward movement and the resulting regional conflicts that took place in America in the nineteenth century.

SS.US.21 Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction in America.

SS.US.22 Demonstrate an understanding of changes that took place at the end of the 19th Century in the United States.

SS.USC.8 Critique the cause and effect relationship between the labor movement, industrialization and urbanization in the United States.

SS.USC.26 Demonstrate an understanding of the Great Depression and the New Deal.

Lesson Plans

Civil War Information

The West Virginia Humanities Council's e-WV 8th Grade Lesson Plans:

"Daily Lives and Cultures of Native Americans"

"Explorers of Western Virginia"

"French and Indian War in Western Virginia"

"West Virginia and the Revolution"

"Archaeological Study of Pioneer Forts"

"West Virginia in the Roaring 1920s"

"The Great Depression"

"Economic and Industrial Growth during World War II"

"Landmark Events of the 20th Century"

"Recent World Events and West Virginia"