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Academic Standards

  This program may be used to address the following academic standards, which are based on national standards put forth by NCTM, NCTE, NSTA, and many others.

Subject Area: world history
Grade Level: 9-12
Standard:Understands the major characteristics of civilization and the development of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley.
Benchmark:Understands influences on the social and economic framework of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley (e.g., the characteristics of government and military in Egypt and Mesopotamia and the ways in which central authorities commanded labor and taxes from peasant farmers; how architectural, artistic, technological, and scientific achievements of these civilizations affected the economics of daily life).

Subject Area: world history
Grade Level: 9-12
Standard:Understands how major religious and large-scale empires arose in the Mediterranean Basin, China, and India from 500 B.C. to A.D. 300.
Benchmark:Understands shifts in the political framework of Roman society (e.g., major phases in the empire?s expansion through the first century A.D.; how imperial rule over a vast area transformed Roman society, economy, and culture; the causes and consequences of the transition from republic to empire under Augustus in Rome; how Rome governed its provinces from the late republic to the empire era; how innovations in ancient military technology affected patterns of warfare and empire building).

Subject Area: geography
Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
Standard:Understands that culture and experience influence people?s perceptions of places and regions.
Benchmark1: (6-8)Knows the ways in which culture influences the perception of places and regions (e.g., religion and other belief systems; language and tradition; perceptions ofbeautifulorvaluable).

Benchmark2: (9-12)Understands why places and regions are important to individual human identity and as symbols for unifying or fragmenting society (e.g., sense of belonging, attachment, or rootedness; symbolic meaning of places such as Jerusalem as a holy city for Muslims, Christians, and Jews).

Subject Area: the arts
Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
Standard:Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
Benchmark1: (6-8)Understands how factors of time and place (e.g., climate, resources, ideas, technology) influence visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art.

Benchmark2: (9-12)Knows a variety of historical and cultural contexts regarding characteristics and purposes of works of art.

Credit:All national academic standards used on this site are compiled and provided to Discovery Channel School by theMid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)in Aurora, Colorado.

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