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Topic: Diversity in American society 

Civics

 Standard 11.  Understands the role of diversity in American life and the importance of shared values, political beliefs, and civic beliefs in an increasingly diverse American society
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the concept of diversity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands a diverse society is a society with people having many different characteristics and backgrounds
   Benchmark 2.Knows some common forms of diversity in the United States (e.g., ethnic, racial, religious, class, linguistic, gender, national origin)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that ethnic diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     2.Knows that racial diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     3.Knows that religious diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     4.Knows that class diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     5.Knows that linguistic diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     6.Knows that gender diversity is one type of diversity in the United States
     7.Knows that diversity of national origin is one type of diversity in the United States
   Benchmark 3.Knows reasons why diversity is so prevalent in the United States
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the United States is a country of diversity
   Benchmark 4.Knows some of the benefits of diversity (e.g., it fosters a variety of viewpoints, new ideas, and fresh ways of looking at and solving problems; it provides people with choices in the arts, music, literature, and sports; it helps people appreciate cultural traditions and practices other than their own)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that diversity is fosters a variety of viewpoints, new ideas, and fresh ways of looking at and solving problems
     2.Knows that diversity provides people with choices in the arts, music, literature, and sports
     3.Knows that diversity helps people appreciate cultural traditions and practices other than their own
   Benchmark 5.Knows some of the costs of diversity (e.g., people sometimes discriminate unfairly against others on the basis of age, religious beliefs, race, or disability; members of different groups sometimes misunderstand each other and conflicts subsequently arise)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that diversity has a cost to society
     2.Knows that members of different groups sometimes misunderstand each other and conflicts subsequently arise
     3.Knows that people sometimes discriminate unfairly against others on the basis of age
     5.Knows that people sometimes discriminate unfairly against others on the basis of religious beliefs
     6.Knows that people sometimes discriminate unfairly against others on the basis of race
   Benchmark 6.Knows conflicts that are caused by diversity (e.g., unfair discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, language, and gender; alienation of one group from another; efforts to impose beliefs and customs on others)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that conflicts are caused by unfair discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, language, and gender
     2.Knows that conflicts are caused by alienation of one group from another
     3.Knows that conflict are caused by efforts to impose beliefs and customs on others
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Knows a variety of forms of diversity in American society (e.g., regional, linguistic, socioeconomic)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that regional diversity is one type of diversity in American society
     2.Knows that linguistic diversity is one type of diversity in American society
     3.Knows that socioeconomic diversity is one type of diversity in American society
   Benchmark 2.Knows how diversity encourages cultural creativity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows examples of cultural creativity
     2.Knows that cultural creativity is connected to diversity
   Benchmark 3.Knows major conflicts in American society that have arisen from diversity (e.g., North/South conflict; conflict about land, suffrage, and other rights of Native Americans; Catholic/Protestant conflicts in the nineteenth century; conflict about civil rights of minorities and women; present day ethnic conflict in urban settings)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the North/South conflict arose from diversity
     2.Knows that conflicts over the rights of Native American arose from diversity
     3.Knows that Catholic/Protestant conflicts in the nineteenth century arose from diversity
     4.Knows that conflicts over the civil rights of minorities and women arose from diversity
     5.Knows there are present day ethnic conflicts in urban settings
   Benchmark 4.Knows ways in which conflicts about diversity can be resolved in a peaceful manner that respects individual rights and promotes the common good
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows ways in which conflicts about diversity can be resolved in a peaceful manner that respects individual rights
     2.Knows ways in which conflicts about diversity can be resolved in a peaceful manner that promotes the common good
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows how the racial, religious, socioeconomic, regional, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how the racial diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
     2.Knows how the religious diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
     3.Knows how the socioeconomic diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
     4.Knows how the regional diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
     5.Knows how the ethnic diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
     6.Knows how the linguistic diversity of American society has influenced American politics through time
   Benchmark 2.Knows different viewpoints regarding the role and value of diversity in American life
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows different viewpoints regarding the role of diversity in American life
     2.Knows different viewpoints regarding the value of diversity in American life
   Benchmark 3.Knows examples of conflicts stemming from diversity, and understands how some conflicts have been managed and why some of them have not yet been successfully resolved
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows examples of conflicts stemming from diversity
     2.Understands how some conflicts about diversity have been managed successfully
     3.Understands why some conflicts about diversity have not yet been successfully resolved
   Benchmark 4.Knows why constitutional values and principles must be adhered to when managing conflicts over diversity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows why constitutional values must be adhered to when managing conflicts over diversity
     2.Knows why constitutional principles must be adhered to when managing conflicts over diversity