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 the top 10 agricultural products of Virginia
- explaining how Virginia's agriculture affects the United States
- explaining the impact agriculture has on the United States
- explaining the impact agriculture has on the world.
- What are Virginia's top agriculture products?
- What agricultural products does Virginia export? Import?
- What are the roles of Virginia's international/global agricultural trade offices?
Related Standards of Learning
- Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
- Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
- Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.
- Differentiate between fact and opinion.
- Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
- Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
- Identify the main idea.
- Summarize text identifying supporting details.
- Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
- Identify cause and effect relationships.
- Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
- Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
- Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.
- Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.
- Collect, organize, and synthesize information from multiple sources.
- Analyze and evaluate the validity and credibility of resources.
- Quote, summarize, and paraphrase information from primary and secondary sources using proper citations.
- Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
- Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.
History and Social Science
The student will apply social science skills to understand of how economic decisions are made in the marketplace by
- explaining that because of scarcity, consumers, producers, and governments must make choices, understanding that everyone’s choice has an opportunity cost; and
- comparing and contrasting how traditional, free market, command, and mixed economies decide how to allocate their limited resources.
- explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;
- explaining relationships among natural resources, transportation, and industrial development after 1865; and
- locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the development of the United States and explaining what makes those cities significant.
The student will analyze how physical and ecological processes shape Earth’s surface by
- explaining regional climatic patterns and weather phenomena and their effects on people and places;
- describing how humans influence the environment and are influenced by it; and
- explaining how technology affects one's ability to modify the environment and adapt to it.
The student will apply the concept of a region by
- explaining how characteristics of regions have led to regional labels;
- describing how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants;
- analyzing how cultural characteristics, including the world’s major languages, ethnicities, and religions, link or divide regions;
- explaining how different cultures use maps and place names to reflect their regional perspectives; and
- developing and refining mental maps of world regions.
The student will apply social science skills to evaluate the significance of natural, human, and capital resources by
- comparing the distribution of major natural resources throughout world regions;
- showing the influence of resources on patterns of economic activity and land use; and
- evaluating perspectives regarding the use of resources.
Other Related Standards
Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning
- describing economic indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP), consumer price index (CPI), and unemployment rate;
- describing the causes and effects of unemployment, inflation, and reduced economic growth;
- describing the fluctuations of the business cycle; and
- describing strategies for achieving national economic goals.
- identifying goods and services provided by government to benefit society;
- identifying the role the government plays in providing a legal structure to protect property rights and enforce contracts;
- providing examples of government regulation of the market;
- explaining that governments redistribute wealth; and
- explaining that taxes and fees fund all government-provided goods and services.
- explaining that when parties trade voluntarily, all benefit;
- distinguishing between absolute and comparative advantage;
- distinguishing between trade deficit and trade surplus;
- explaining exchange rates, and the impact of a strong dollar and weak dollar on economic decisions;
- describing the costs and benefits of trade barriers;
- describing the effects of international trade agreements and the World Trade Organization; and
- explaining growing economic interdependence.