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Topic: American political conflict 

United States History

 Standard 8.  Understands the institutions and practices of government created during the Revolution and how these elements were revised between 1787 and 1815 to create the foundation of the American political system based on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 5.Understands the issues that impacted the lives of farmers in western Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the issues that impacted the lives of farmers in western Pennsylvania (1790’s)

Civics

 Standard 13.  Understands the character of American political and social conflict and factors that tend to prevent or lower its intensity
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 3.Knows sources of political conflict that have arisen in the United States historically as well as in the present (e.g., geographic and sectional interests, slavery and indentured servitude, national origins, extending the franchise, extending civil rights to all Americans, the role of religion in American public life, engaging in wars)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows historic sources of political conflict in the United States
     2.Knows current sources of political conflict in the United States
     3.Knows that in the past, geographic and sectional interests have led to political conflict in the United States
     4.Knows that in the past, slavery and indentured servitude have led to political conflict in the United States
     5.Knows that in the past, the issue of extending the franchise has led to political conflict in the United States
     6.Knows that issues of national origin can be a source of political conflict in the United States
     7.Knows that extending civil rights to all Americans can be a source of political conflict in the United States
     8.Knows that the role of religion in American public can be a source of political conflict in the United States
     9.Knows that U.S. involvement in wars can be a source of political conflict in the United States
   Benchmark 4.Knows reasons why most political conflict in the United States has generally been less divisive than in many other nations (e.g., a shared respect for the Constitution and its principles, a sense of unity within diversity, willingness to relinquish power when voted out of office, willingness to use the legal system to manage conflicts, opportunities to improve one's economic condition)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a shared respect for the Constitution and its principles has made American political conflict less divisive
     2.Knows that a sense of unity within diversity has made American political conflict less divisive
     3.Knows that a willingness to relinquish power when voted out of office has made American political conflict less divisive
     4.Knows that a willingness to use the legal system to manage conflicts has made American political conflict less divisive
     5.Knows that opportunities to improve one’s economic condition has made American political conflict less divisive
   Benchmark 5.Knows instances in which political conflict in the United States has been divisive and reasons for this division (e.g., the Civil War, labor unrest, civil rights struggles, opposition to the war in Vietnam)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows instances in which political conflict in the United States has been divisive
     2.Knows reasons for the divisiveness of some American political conflicts
     3.Knows that the Civil War was a divisive American political conflict
     4.Understands why the Civil War was a divisive American political conflict
     5.Knows that labor unrest was a divisive American political conflict
     6.Understands why labor unrest was a divisive American political conflict
     7.Knows that the civil rights struggles were divisive American political conflicts
     8.Understands why the civil rights struggles were divisive American political conflicts
     9.Knows that opposition to war in Vietnam was a divisive American political conflict
     10.Understands why opposition to war in Vietnam was a divisive American political conflict
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Knows how the rights of organized labor and the role of government in regulating business have created political conflict
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the rights of organized labor have created political conflict
     2.Knows how the role of government in regulating business has created political conflict
   Benchmark 4.Knows how the concept of a loyal opposition and recourse to the legal system to manage conflicts have helped to lessen the divisiveness of political conflict in the United States
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the concept of a loyal opposition has helped to lessen the divisiveness of political conflict in the United States
     2.Knows how the recourse to the legal system to manage conflicts has helped to lessen the divisiveness of political conflict in the United States
   Benchmark 5.Knows how universal public education and the existence of a popular culture that crosses class boundaries have tended to reduce the intensity of political conflict (e.g., by creating common ground among diverse groups)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how universal public education has reduced the intensity of political conflict
     2.Knows how the existence of a popular culture that crosses class boundaries has reduced the intensity of political conflict
     3.Knows that common ground among diverse groups has reduced the intensity of political conflict