Educator Resources For WV Studies

West Virginia: The Road to Statehood” – Video and Lesson Plans


“This documentary brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia.”

“Explore the events leading to statehood for West Virginia with this documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The five lesson plans provide a guided viewing graphic organizer, primary source documents, maps, and activities to engage students in the study of the presidential election of 1860, the issues of the time, and individuals who played a role in the movement.”

Support Materials for Teachers Include:

  • Road to Statehood: Important Civil War Battles in West Virginia
  • Road to Statehood: West Virginians in the Civil War
  • Road to Statehood: Secession on Trial
  • Road to Statehood: Timeline
  • Road to Statehood: Guided Viewing and the Presidential Election of 1860

Explore PBS Learning Media’s “Road to Statehood” website to view video and access Support Materials for Teachers.   (47:52/2013/WV Public Broadcasting)

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