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Topic: Impact of world political, demographic, and environmental trends 

Civics

 Standard 23.  Understands the impact of significant political and nonpolitical developments on the United States and other nations
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 3.Understands the impact that other nations' ideas about rights have had on the United States (e.g., natural rights in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, social and economic rights in the twentieth century)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the impact of natural rights of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on the United States
     2.Understands the impact of social and economic rights in the twentieth century on the United States
   Benchmark 4.Understands the impact that current political developments around the world have on the United States (e.g., conflicts within and among other nations, efforts to establish democratic governments)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the impact that conflicts within and among other nations have had on the United States
     2.Understands the impact that efforts to establish democratic governments in other nations have had on the United States
   Benchmark 5.Understands the impact of major demographic trends on the United States (e.g., population growth, increase in immigration and refugees)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the impact of population growth on the U.S.
     2.Understands the impact of increases in immigration and refugees on the U.S.
   Benchmark 6.Knows examples of environmental conditions that affect the United States' domestic and foreign policies (e.g., destruction of rain forests and animal habitats, depletion of fishing grounds, air and water pollution)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows examples of environmental conditions that affect U.S. domestic policies
     2.Knows examples of environmental conditions that affect U.S. foreign policies
     3.Knows that the destruction of rain forests and animal habitats is an environmental condition that affects U.S. domestic and foreign policies
     4.Knows that the depletion of fishing grounds is an environmental condition that affects U.S. domestic and foreign policies
     5.Knows that air and water pollution are environmental conditions that affect U.S. domestic and foreign policies
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the influence that American ideas about rights have had abroad and how other peoples’ ideas about rights have influenced Americans
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the influence that American ideas about rights have had abroad
     2.Understands the influence that other people‚Äôs ideas about rights have had on Americans
   Benchmark 2.Understands the effects that significant world political developments have on the United States (e.g., the French, Russian, and Chinese Revolutions; rise of nationalism; World Wars I and II; decline of colonialism; terrorism; multiplication of nation-states and the proliferation of conflict within them; the emergence of regional organizations such as the European Union)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the effects that the French, Russian, and Chinese Revolutions have had on the United States
     2.Understands the effects that World Wars I and II have had on the United States
     3.Understands the effects that the decline of colonialism have had on the United States
     4.Understands the effects that terrorism has had on the United States
     5.Understands the effects that the multiplication of nation-states and the proliferation of conflict within them have had on the United States
     6.Understands the effects that the emergence of regional organizations such as the European Union have had on the United States