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Topic: Role of religion 

World History

 Standard 9.  Understand how major religious and large-scale empires arose in the Mediterranean Basin, China, and India from 500 BCE to 300 CE
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands the major religious beliefs and social framework in India during the Gangetic states and the Mauryan Empire (e.g., the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India; how Buddhism spread in India, Ceylon, and Central Asia; aspects of social structure of India during the Mauryan Empire; what advice the animal stories of the Panchantantra offer to people with little power, how this advice was used by Chandragupta; how the teachings of Shvetaketu from the Chandogya Upanishad compare to the Buddhist idea of nirvana)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the major religious beliefs in India during the Gangetic states and the Mauryan Empire
     2.Understands the social framework in India during the Gangetic states and the Mauryan Empire
     3.Knows the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India
     4.Understands how Buddhism spread in India, Ceylon, and Central Asia
     5.Knows aspects of social structure of India during the Mauryan Empire
     6.Knows what advice the animal stories of the Panchantantra offer to people with little power and how this advice was used by Chandragupta
     7.Understands how the teachings of Shvetaketu from the Chandogya Upanishad compare to the Buddhist idea of nirvana
 Standard 44.  Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 6.Understands the role of ethnicity, cultural identity, and religious beliefs in shaping economic and political conflicts across the globe (e.g., why terrorist movements have proliferated and the extent of their impact on politics and society in various countries; the tensions and contradictions between globalizing trends of the world economy and assertions of traditional cultural identity and distinctiveness, including the challenges to the role of religion in contemporary society; the meaning of jihad and other Islamic beliefs that are relevant to military activity, how these compare to the Geneva Accords, and how such laws and principles apply to terrorist acts)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the role of ethnicity in shaping economic and political conflicts across the globe
     2.Understands the role of cultural identity in shaping economic and political conflicts across the globe
     3.Understands the role of religious beliefs in shaping economic and political conflicts across the globe
     4.Knows why terrorist movements have proliferated and the extent of their impact on politics and society in various countries
     5.Understands the tensions and contradictions between globalizing trends of the world economy and assertions of traditional cultural identity and distinctiveness
     6.Knows the challenges to the role of religion in contemporary society
     7.Understands the meaning of jihad and other Islamic beliefs that are relevant to military activity, how these compare to the Geneva Accords, and how such laws and principles apply to terrorist acts