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Educational Videos

Explore our educational videos. These videos are based on the Standards of Learning (SOL) and include animated primary source documents.  The videos are appropriate for a K-12 audience and even more appropriate for students preparing for the Virginia Studies SOL.  Some videos include a question at the end that will require a student to demonstrate historical and analytical analysis.

The Regions of Virginia
Virginia has five distinct regions: Coastal Plain (Tidewater), Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. This video describes these five Regions of Virginia and highlights the historical and geographical significance of these areas.
Battle of the Ironclads
This video describes the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. On March 8, 1862, the world's first ironclad ship, CSS Virginia, destroyed two wooden-hulled U.S. warships at Hampton Roads. This battle revolutionized naval warfare by proving that wooden vessels were obsolete against ironclads. The next day the Union's first ironclad—the USS Monitor—arrived and fought the Virginia to a draw, ensuring the safety of the Union blockade fleet.
Civil War in Virginia
This video discusses the Civil War in Virginia. The video focuses on some of the major battles, generals, and themes of the Civil War in Virginia.
What caused the Civil War
This video looks at the question "What caused the Civil War." The video specifically looks at differences between the North and South and the outbreak of the Civil War.
The Regions of Virginia
Battle of the Ironclads
Civil War in Virginia
What caused the Civil War

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