# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Introduction to Agriscience Task 1558057469

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Explain the importance of agriculture to Virginia, the United States, and the world.


Explanation should include
  • identifying agricultural regions in Virginia
  • exploring differences in agricultural regions in Virginia
  • analyzing the impact agriculture has on Virginia
  • listing 10 agricultural products of Virginia.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What products are specific to each of Virginia's agricultural regions?
  • What roles do climate and topography play in the production of agricultural products within Virginia’s different regions?
  • What are the most popular agricultural products from Virginia?
  • Where does agriculture rank among industries in Virginia? In the U.S.?
  • What role does Virginia agriculture play in providing food for the world?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.
  1. Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.
  2. Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.
  3. Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.
  4. Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.
  5. Describe how word choice and imagery contribute to the meaning of a text.
  6. Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.
  7. Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.
  8. Identify and analyze the author’s use of figurative language.
  9. Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.
  10. Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
  11. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
  2. Identify main idea.
  3. Summarize supporting details.
  4. Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
  5. Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.
  6. Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).
  7. Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
  8. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  9. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  10. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  11. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.
  1. Engage in writing as a recursive process.
  2. Choose audience and purpose.
  3. Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
  4. Organize writing to fit mode or topic.
  5. Write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view.
  6. Establish a central idea incorporating evidence and maintaining an organized structure.
  7. Compose a thesis statement for expository and persuasive writing.
  8. Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.
  9. Use transition words and phrases.
  10. Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.
  11. Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.
  12. Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

History and Social Science


The student will interpret maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables to

  1. locate the seven continents and five oceans;
  2. locate and describe major geographic regions of North America: Coastal Plain, Appalachian Mountains, Canadian Shield, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Basin and Range, and Coastal Range;
  3. locate major water features and explain their importance to the early history of the United States: Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Ohio River, Columbia River, Colorado River, Rio Grande, St. Lawrence River, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico; and
  4. recognize key geographic features on maps, diagrams, and/or photographs.


The student will apply social science skills to understand the factors that shaped colonial America by

  1. describing the religious and economic events and conditions that led to the colonization of America;
  2. describing life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies, with emphasis on how people interacted with their environment to produce goods and services;
  3. describing specialization of and interdependence among New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies;
  4. describing colonial life in America from the perspectives of large landowners, farmers, artisans, merchants, women, free African Americans, indentured servants, and enslaved African Americans; and
  5. explaining the political and economic relationships between the colonies and Great Britain.


The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables for
  1. explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;
  2. explaining relationships among natural resources, transportation, and industrial development after 1865; and
  3. locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the development of the United States and explaining what makes those cities significant.

Other Related Standards

Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning


The student will demonstrate knowledge of a nation’s economic goals, including full employment, stable prices, and economic growth by
  1. describing economic indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP), consumer price index (CPI), and unemployment rate;
  2. describing the causes and effects of unemployment, inflation, and reduced economic growth;
  3. describing the fluctuations of the business cycle; and
  4. describing strategies for achieving national economic goals.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of government in a market economy by
  1. identifying goods and services provided by government to benefit society;
  2. identifying the role the government plays in providing a legal structure to protect property rights and enforce contracts;
  3. providing examples of government regulation of the market;
  4. explaining that governments redistribute wealth; and
  5. explaining that taxes and fees fund all government-provided goods and services.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the global economy by
  1. explaining that when parties trade voluntarily, all benefit;
  2. distinguishing between absolute and comparative advantage;
  3. distinguishing between trade deficit and trade surplus;
  4. explaining exchange rates, and the impact of a strong dollar and weak dollar on economic decisions;
  5. describing the costs and benefits of trade barriers;
  6. describing the effects of international trade agreements and the World Trade Organization; and
  7. explaining growing economic interdependence.