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VS.4b

Describing how the culture of colonial Virginia reflected the origins of European (English, Scots-Irish, German) immigrants, Africans, and American Indians.

READY RESOURCES

SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Explain to students how cultural landscapes reflect beliefs, customs, and architecture of people living in those areas. Guide the students to understand cultural landscapes by reading a teacher-selected book about an area of the Virginia colony during the 1700s.

  • Guide the students to understand that although a colony of England, Virginia developed a unique culture different from that of England.

  • Describe how cultural landscapes reflect beliefs, customs, and architecture of people using the following information as a guide:
    • Whenever people settle an area, they change the landscape to reflect the beliefs, customs, and architecture of their culture. Examples of cultural landscapes include barns, homes, places of worship (e.g., churches)
    • Display pictures that show examples of cultural landscapes. Include barns, homes, places of worship (e.g., churches)
    • Have the students draw pictures and write sentences describing the cultural landscape of an area in the colony of Virginia.
    • Introduce the following place names that reflect culture: English Richmond; American Indian (First American) Roanoke.
    • Have the students research other place names in Virginia that reflect culture.
    • Describe where various cultural groups settled, using the following information as a guide. The English settled primarily in Tidewater and Piedmont regions. Germans and Scotch-Irish settled primarily in the Shenandoah Valley, which was along the migration route. Africans settled primarily in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions, where agriculture required a great deal of labor. American Indians (First Americans) were primarily in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions and the Appalachian Plateau, where their traditional homelands were located.


  • Have students locate on a Virginia map where the English settled primarily in Tidewater and Piedmont regions. Germans and Scotch-Irish settled primarily in the Shenandoah Valley, which was along the migration route. Africans settled primarily in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions, where agriculture required a great deal of labor. American Indians (First Americans) were primarily in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions and the Appalachian Plateau, where their traditional homelands were located.

  • Describe how migration and living in new areas caused people to adapt old customs to their new environment.

  • Understand that the culture of Virginia reflected American Indian (First American), African, and European origins.

  • Display pictures in the early colony of Virginia that show the culture of Virginia reflected American Indian (First American), African, and European origins.

  • Have students research places in the early colony of Virginia that show the culture of Virginia reflected American Indian (First American), African, and European origins.

TEACHER BACKGROUND RESOURCES

WEB SITES

  • http://www.frontiermuseum.org
    This Web site of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia, contains information about Virginia agriculture and the European, Africans, and Indians who migrated to and through the Shenandoah Valley. It also includes pictures of barns and homes.

  • http://www.vahistorical.org/storyofvirginia.htm
    This site consists of ten concise, easy-to-read chapters on Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present.




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