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List of Benchmarks for World History

Standard 11.Understands major global trends from 1000 BCE to 300 CE
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   1. Knows the different forms of slavery or coerced labor in various empires (e.g., the Han empire, the Maurya empire, the Greek city-states, the Roman empire)
   2. Understands how new religious or ethical systems contributed to cultural integration of large regions of Afro-Eurasia
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   1. Understands the concept and importance of "classical civilizations" (e.g., the enduring importance of ideas, institutions, and art forms that emerged in the classical periods; the significance of Greek or Hellenistic ideas and cultural styles in the history of the Mediterranean basin, Europe, Southwest Asia, and India)
   2. Understands the development of large regional empires (e.g., the significance of military power, state bureaucracy, legal codes, belief systems, written languages, and communications and trade networks; how trade networks, merchant communities, state power, tributary systems of production, and other factors contributed to the economic integration of large regions of Afro-Eurasia)
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Knows the fundamentals of iron metallurgy and understands the economic, cultural, and political significance of iron technology in Eurasia and Africa
   2. Understands patterns of social and cultural continuity in various societies (e.g., ways in which peoples maintained traditions and resisted external challenges in the context of increasing interregional contacts)