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Topic: Social issues and individual rights in contemporary American society 

United States History

 Standard 31.  Understands economic, social, and cultural developments in the contemporary United States
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 5.Understands contemporary issues concerning gender and ethnicity (e.g., the range of women’s organizations, the changing goals of the women’s movement, and the issues currently dividing women; issues involving justice and common welfare; how interest groups attempted to achieve their goals of equality and justice; how African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans have shaped American life and retained their cultural heritage)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about current issues surrounding gender
     2.Knows about current issues surrounding ethnicity
     3.Knows about women’s organizations
     4.Knows the changing goals of the women’s movement
     5.Knows the issues currently dividing women
     6.Knows about issues of justice and common welfare
     7.Knows how interest groups strive for equality and justice
     8.Knows how African Americans have shaped American life and retained their cultural heritage
     9.Knows how Asian Americans have shaped American life and retained their cultural heritage
     10.Knows how Native Americans have shaped American life and retained their cultural heritage
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 5.Understands how different groups attempted to achieve their goals (e.g., the grievances of racial and ethnic minorities and their reference to the nation’s charter documents to rectify past injustices, local community efforts to adapt facilities for the disabled)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the goals of racial and ethnic minority groups
     2.Knows the grievances of racial and ethnic minority groups
     3.Knows how racial and ethnic minority groups have referenced the nation’s charter documents to rectify past injustices
     4.Knows the efforts of community groups to adapt facilities for the disabled
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 5.Understands major contemporary social issues and the groups involved (e.g., the current debate over affirmative action and to what degree affirmative action policies have reached their goals; the evolution of government support for the rights of the disabled; the emergence of the Gay Liberation Movement and civil rights of gay Americans; continuing debates over multiculturalism, bilingual education, and group identity and rights vs. individual rights and identity; successes and failures of the modern feminist movement)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about major contemporary social issues
     2.Knows the groups involved in major contemporary social issues
     3.Knows about the current debate over affirmative action
     4.Knows to what extent affirmative action policies have reached their goals
     5.Knows about the evolution of government support for the rights of the disabled
     6.Knows about the Gay Liberation Movement and the progress of civil rights of gay Americans
     7.Knows sides of the debates over multiculturalism
     8.Knows sides of the debates over bilingual education
     9.Knows about the tension between group rights and identity and individual rights and identity
     10.Knows the successes and failures of the modern feminist movement