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Learning about West Virginia in the 8th grade is both a valuable academic opportunity and essential preparation for the Golden Horseshoe exam, a prestigious statewide competition. Even if your student does not plan to take the Golden Horseshoe test, the study is traditional for Mountaineers and a perfect complement to the middle school years. Recommended resources are listed below:
- West Virginia: 150 Years of Statehood is the textbook used in public and private schools. A new edition of this book will be used in classrooms starting this year, but this edition has not yet been released. CHEWV is working with the publisher to help parents buy copies of the new book and teacher materials. Stay tuned, CHEWV will add a link for this when it becomes available.
State law says that county BOEs may issue a homeschool student a book if they are available, but schools are not required to loan textbooks if they do not have enough. The older edition of the textbook is more than adequate to teach WV studies to your students. It is believed the new edition will mainly feature changes in statistical information and perhaps how the book is set up, but the basic content will remain. Since there are many counties using the online book, there should be less of a shortage for those counties and they may be more likely to issue a homeschool student access to the materials. Contact your county’s BOE or your local middle school’s WV History instructor to find out what is available. While teacher editions and answer keys are not likely to be offered, CHEWV is working on resources to fill that gap.
Editor’s Note: CHEWV now has a limited supply of these textbooks available to members. Click here for more information.
- The Golden Horseshoe by Frances B. Gunter is a fictionalized mystery that sends a group of youth on a mysterious quest. As a result, the reader learns about important historical events. Your student may not realize this is a history book as they get caught up in the story!
- Historical Atlas of West Virginia by Frank S. Riddel
- West Virginia Yesterday and Today, by Phil and Boyd Stutler Conley, is an older textbook.
- West Virginia Encyclopedia, by Ken Sullivan, is also available online. They have a great guide for teachers with a list of relevant articles.
- The West Virginia Cultural Center offers online resources that would be an invaluable addition as you teach your student about West Virginia history!