Do major highways make a difference in population?

According to the WV 21st Century CSOs, 8th Grade WV History is to have special emphasis placed on the interdependence of geographic, cultural, political, environmental and economic factors affecting the development and future of the state.



Through use of the course text, online census data resources, and Microsoft Excel software, students will discover, discuss, and graph the correlations between county populations in which I-79 intersects and those that contain no major US interstate or highway.



v     West Virginia: The History of an American State by Clairmont Press

v     WV Census Data by County

v     Microsoft Excel Software and Teacher Fabricated Template



Students will be given a brief introduction to key items and features in Microsoft Excel prior to beginning this task (key terms, functions, etc.).


*See accompanying step-by-step worksheet.



Assessment will be two-fold. Students will receive a participation grade, as this is an in-class assignment, as well as a final grade for the printed table and chart upon completion of the activity.




correlate West Virginia’s economic conditions with possible affects on social conditions (e.g., employment, in/out migration).


analyze the effects of national and state governmental actions on West Virginia’s economy.


point out the counties and major cities of West Virginia on a map and correlate the reasons for the development of the major cities within their respective counties.




1b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.


2a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.

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*All affiliated Word and Excel documents are available for download below or on my Blog for this course.


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Frederick B. Gerwig,
Nov 16, 2008, 5:46 PM
Frederick B. Gerwig,
Nov 16, 2008, 5:47 PM
Frederick B. Gerwig,
Nov 16, 2008, 5:47 PM