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A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia

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Ever wondered why there is a West Virginia but not an East Virginia? The resource answers questions like this one and more as it takes an in-depth and detailed look at the history of West Virginia and how it became a state. Several worksheets ask pupils to answer questions after viewing an online exhibit as well as analyze primary source photographs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Because the resource focuses so much on West Virginia history, it works well for a class exploring the state's history or as an in-depth unit about the different states in the United States
  • If possible, take learners on a field trip to some of the locations in West Virginia.
  • Use Google Maps to view the locations virtually
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to a device with an Internet connection
  • Includes answer keys for easy and quick grading
  • Works well for flipped classroom assignments and independent class work days
  • Lacks class discussion, games, or other interactive content