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Topic: North America and Mesoamerica, 1000-1500 

World History

 Standard 24.  Understands the expansion of states and civilizations in the Americas between 1000 and 1500
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how the Aztec Empire arose in the 14th century (e.g., major aspects of Aztec government, society, religion and culture; the construction of Tenochtitl n, the "Foundation of Heaven")
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands major aspects of Aztec government
     2.Understands major aspects of Aztec society
     3.Understands major aspects of Aztec religion
     4.Understands major aspects of Aztec culture
     5.Understands the construction of Tenochtitlán, the "Foundation of Heaven"
   Benchmark 3.Understands what archaeological, artistic, and written sources can illustrate about pre-European life in the Americas
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands what archaeological evidence can illustrate about pre European life in the Americas
     2.Understands what artistic sources can illustrate about pre European life in the Americas
     3.Understands what written sources can illustrate about pre European life in the Americas
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands social and cultural features of Aztec society (e.g., the characteristics of Tenochtitl n that made it a unique city, gender roles in Aztec society and what these indicate about Aztec culture)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands social features of Aztec society
     2.Understands cultural features of Aztec society
     3.Knows the characteristics of Tenochtitlán that made it a unique city
     4.Understands gender roles in Aztec society and what these indicate about Aztec culture
   Benchmark 2.Understands cultural and economic elements of North American and Mesoamerican civilizations (e.g., the major characteristics of Toltecs, Anasazi, Pueblo, and North American mound-building peoples; patterns of long-distance trade centered in Mesoamerica)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands cultural elements of North American and Mesoamerican civilizations
     2.Understands economic elements of North American and Mesoamerican civilizations
     3.Knows the major characteristics of Toltecs, Anasazi, Pueblo, and North American mound building peoples
     4.Knows patterns of long distance trade centered in Mesoamerica
   Benchmark 4.Understands the similarities and differences between Incan and Aztec society (e.g., the essential differences between Aztec and Incan government, economy, religion, and social organization; how Incan and Aztec art and architecture reveal cultural achievements in their societies)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the similarities between Incan and Aztec society
     2.Understands the differences between Incan and Aztec society
     3.Understands the essential differences between Aztec and Incan government
     4.Understands the essential differences between Aztec and Incan economy
     5.Understands the essential differences between Aztec and Incan religion
     6.Understands the essential differences between Aztec and Incan social organization
     7.Understands how Incan and Aztec art and architecture reveal cultural achievements in their societies
   Benchmark 5.Understands how the natural environment affected the organization of developing societies of the North American plains, Southwestern deserts, and the tropical forests of the Yucatan
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how the natural environment affected the organization of developing societies of the North American plains
     2.Understands how the natural environment affected the organization of developing societies of the Southwestern deserts
     3.Understands how the natural environment affected the organization of developing societies of the tropical forests of the Yucatan
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands political, social, and economic features of Aztec society (e.g., the locations and geographic limits of different phases of the Aztec Empire, the role and status of women in Aztec society and how this compares to the Incan and Mayan societies, the complex structure and features of the Aztec city of Tenochtitl n)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands political features of Aztec society
     2.Understands social features of Aztec society
     3.Understands economic features of Aztec society
     4.Knows the locations and geographic limits of different phases of the Aztec Empire
     5.Understands the role and status of women in Aztec society and how this compares to the Incan and Mayan societies
     6.Understands the complex structure and features of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán
   Benchmark 2.Understands the significance of the mound centers located in the Mississippi valley, such as the mound center at Cahokia in Illinois
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the significance of the mound center at Cahokia in Illinois
   Benchmark 4.Knows the technology (e.g., engineering of roads, bridges, irrigation systems) and urbanism of the Incas (in Cuzco), the Aztecs (in Tenochtitl n), and of North American mound-builders
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the engineering of roads and bridges by the Incas (in Cuzco), the Aztecs (in Tenochtitlán), and of North American mound builders
     2.Understands the use of irrigation systems by the Incas (in Cuzco), the Aztecs (in Tenochtitlán), and of North American mound builders
     3.Understands aspects of urbanism of the Incas (in Cuzco), the Aztecs (in Tenochtitlán), and of North American mound builders