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Topic: Safavid and Mughal empires 

World History

 Standard 28.  Understands how large territorial empires dominated much of Eurasia between the 16th and 18th centuries
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 4.Understands political achievements of the Safavid and Mughal Empires (e.g., how Persia was unified by the Turkic Safavids, the political and cultural achievements of the Safavid Golden Age under Shah Abbas I, the Mughal conquest of India and how the Turkic warrior class united diverse peoples of the Indian continent)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands political achievements of the Safavid Empire
     2.Understands political achievements of the Mughal Empire
     3.Understands how Persia was unified by the Turkic Safavids
     4.Understands the political achievements of the Safavid Golden Age under Shah Abbas I
     5.Understands the cultural achievements of the Safavid Golden Age under Shah Abbas I
     6.Knows features of the Mughal conquest of India
     7.Understands how the Turkic warrior class united diverse peoples of the Indian continent
   Benchmark 5.Understands the network of Afro-Eurasian trade in the 16th and 17th centuries (e.g., the importance of Indian textiles, spices, and other products in the trade; how spices brought to Europe by Vasco da Gama initiated the spice trade between India and Europe)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of Indian textiles, spices, and other products in Afro-Eurasian trade in the 16th and 17th centuries
     2.Knows how spices brought to Europe by Vasco da Gama initiated the spice trade between India and Europe
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands political and religious influences on the development of the Mughal Empire (e.g., relations between Muslims and Hindus in the empire, the effectiveness of Akbar's governing methods and religious ideas in comparison to other Mughal emperors)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands political influences on the development of the Mughal Empire
     2.Understands religious influences on the development of the Mughal Empire
     3.Understands relations between Muslims and Hindus in the empire
     4.Understands the effectiveness of Akbar’s governing methods and religious ideas in comparison to other Mughal emperors
   Benchmark 6.Understands factors that influenced the development and expansion of the Safavid Empire (e.g., key urban areas of the empire, and factors that contributed to the success of Safavid rule; how the city of Isfahan developed under the reign of Shah Abbas I)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows key urban areas of the Safavid empire
     2.Knows factors that contributed to the success of Safavid rule
     3.Understands how the city of Isfahan developed under the reign of Shah Abbas I
   Benchmark 7.Knows how the popularity of Indian textiles in Europe undermined the efforts of the East India Company to sell more British goods in India than it imported
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the popularity of Indian textiles in Europe
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 4.Understands cultural and religious influences on Mughal social and cultural conditions (e.g., the Indian, Persian, and European influences on Mughal artistic, architectural, literary, and scientific achievements; how Akbar unified diverse cultures and encouraged religious tolerance within his Mughal Empire; the synthesis of Muslim and Hindu influences in art of the Mughal Empire)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands cultural influences on Mughal social and cultural conditions
     2.Understands religious influences on Mughal social and cultural conditions
     3.Knows Indian influences on Mughal artistic, architectural, literary, and scientific achievements
     4.Knows Persian influences on Mughal artistic, architectural, literary, and scientific achievements
     5.Knows European influences on Mughal artistic, architectural, literary, and scientific achievements
     6.Understands how Akbar unified diverse cultures and encouraged religious tolerance within his Mughal Empire
     7.Understands the synthesis of Muslim and Hindu influences in art of the Mughal Empire
   Benchmark 6.Understands the origins and development of the Safavid Empire (e.g., how Ismail created the Safavid Empire with the support of Qizilbash nomadic tribesmen; the evolution of Safavid social and political system from the nomadic-warrior years of Ismail to the golden age of Shah Abbas I)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the origins of the Safavid Empire
     2.Understands events in the development of the Safavid Empire
     3.Knows how Ismail created the Safavid Empire with the support of Qizilbash nomadic tribesmen
     4.Understands the evolution of Safavid social and political system from the nomadic warrior years of Ismail to the golden age of Shah Abbas I
   Benchmark 7.Knows similarities and differences between major empires and leaders (e.g., comparisons between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires; differences and similarities in government, military, and religious patterns of the six major Mughal emperors)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows similarities between major empires
     2.Knows differences between major empires
     3.Knows similarities between leaders of major empires
     4.Knows differences between leaders of major empires
     5.Understands comparisons between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires
     6.Knows similarities in government, military, and religious patterns of the six major Mughal emperors
     7.Knows differences in government, military, and religious patterns of the six major Mughal emperors
 Standard 30.  Understands transformations in Asian societies in the era of European expansion
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Knows the events that led to the demise of centralized control by the imperial Mughals and the ascent of Maratha and Sikh power in India
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the events that led to the demise of centralized control by the imperial Mughals
     2.Knows the events that led to the ascent of Maratha and Sikh power in India
   Benchmark 7.Understands Mughal responses to the expansion of European commercial and maritime power in Asia (e.g., Mughal efforts to control the expansion and influence of European trading centers in India, and how these compared to similar efforts by the Chinese and Japanese to regulate foreign trade and influence within their borders; the catalysts behind the military buildup of Emperor Aurazngzeb in 1700 and how he responded to growing maritime strength of the British and French)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands Mughal efforts to control the expansion and influence of European trading centers in India
     2.Understands how Mughal efforts to control European trading centers in India compared to similar efforts by the Chinese and Japanese to regulate foreign trade and influence within their borders
     3.Knows the catalysts behind the military buildup of Emperor Aurazngzeb in 1700 and how he responded to growing maritime strength of the British and French