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Topic: Creation of individual and group identity 

Behavioral Studies

 Standard 1.  Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Understands that family, gender, ethnicity, nationality, institutional affiliations, socioeconomic status, and other group and cultural influences contribute to the shaping of a person's identity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that family contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     2.Understands that gender contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     3.Understands that ethnicity contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     4.Understands that nationality contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     5.Understands that institutional affiliations contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     6.Understands that socioeconomic status contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     7.Knows examples of group and cultural influences that contribute to the shaping of a person’s identity
 Standard 2.  Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that while a group may act, hold beliefs, and/or present itself as a cohesive whole, individual members may hold widely varying beliefs, so the behavior of a group may not be predictable from an understanding of each of its members
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that a group may act, hold beliefs, and/or present itself as a cohesive whole
     2.Understands that individual members of a group may hold widely varying beliefs
     3.Understands that the behavior of a group may not be predictable from an understanding of each of its members
 Standard 4.  Understands conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and institutions
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that being a member of a group can increase an individual's social power and also can increase hostile actions toward or from other groups or individuals
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that being a member of a group can increase an individual’s social power
     2.Understands that being a member of a group can increase hostile actions toward other groups and individuals
     3.Understands that being a member of a group can increase hostile actions from other groups and individuals
   Benchmark 5.Understands how tensions might arise between expressions of individuality and group or institutional efforts to promote social conformity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that people sometimes like to express their individuality
     2.Knows that groups and institutions sometimes promote social conformity