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Topic: Unification of China under the imperial dynasties  

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 II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 5.Understands the fundamental elements of Chinese society under the early imperial dynasties (e.g., policies and achievements of the Qin emperor Shi Huangdi, the life of Confucius and the fundamentals of Confucianism and Daoism, what life was like for ordinary people in ancient China as illustrated in Chinese folktales)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows various policies of the Qin emperor Shi Huangdi
     2.Knows various achievements of the Qin emperor Shi Huangdi
     3.Knows events in the life of Confucius
     4.Understands the fundamentals of Confucianism and Daoism
     5.Understands what life was like for ordinary people in ancient China as illustrated in Chinese folktales
   Benchmark 6.Understands the commercial and cultural significance of the trans-Eurasian "silk roads" to the Roman and Chinese Empires and the peoples of Central Asia
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the commercial significance of the trans Eurasian "silk roads" to the Roman and Chinese Empires and the peoples of Central Asia
     2.Understands the cultural significance of the trans Eurasian "silk roads" to the Roman and Chinese Empires and the peoples of Central Asia
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 3.Understands fundamental social, political, and cultural characteristics of Chinese society under early imperial dynasties (e.g., the importance of the "Mandate of Heaven" to the success of the Zhou Dynasty and its development of imperial rule; the literary and artistic achievements of early imperial dynasties; the development and consequences of iron technology and the family division of labor system; comparisons between the Shang, Zhou, Quin, and Han Empires in areas they controlled and methods of government; the composition and stratification of Chinese society, and factors that gave individuals status; imperial attitudes and actions toward nomadic peoples along the borders of the kingdom)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands fundamental social characteristics of Chinese society under early imperial dynasties
     2.Understands fundamental political characteristics of Chinese society under early imperial dynasties
     3.Understands fundamental cultural characteristics of Chinese society under early imperial dynasties
     4.Understands the importance of the "Mandate of Heaven" to the success of the Zhou Dynasty and its development of imperial rule
     5.Knows the literary and artistic achievements of early imperial dynasties of China
     6.Understands the development and consequences of iron technology
     7.Understands the development and consequences of the family division of labor system in China
     8.Understands comparisons between the Shang, Zhou, Quin, and Han Empires in areas they controlled and methods of government
     9.Understands the composition and stratification of Chinese society, including factors that gave individuals status
     10.Knows imperial attitudes and actions toward nomadic peoples along the borders of the kingdom
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands the political and cultural characteristics of the Han Dynasty (e.g., the political and ideological contributions of the Han to the development of the imperial bureaucratic state and imperial expansion, how contemporaneous art reflects the history and philosophy of China through the end of the Han Dynasty)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the political characteristics of the Han Dynasty
     2.Understands the cultural characteristics of the Han Dynasty
     3.Understands the political contributions of the Han to the development of the imperial bureaucratic state and imperial expansion
     4.Understands the ideological contributions of the Han to the development of the imperial bureaucratic state and imperial expansion
     5.Understands how contemporaneous art reflects the history and philosophy of China through the end of the Han Dynasty
   Benchmark 8.Understands the role and status of women in the Confucian tradition
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the role of women in the Confucian tradition
     2.Understands the status of women in the Confucian tradition