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Topic: Political parties, campaigns, and elections 

United States History

 Standard 13.  Understands the causes of the Civil War
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the reasons for the disruption of the second American party system and how this led to the ascent of the Republican party in the 1850s
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the reasons for the disruption of the second American party system
     2.Understands the ascent of the Republican party in the 1850s
 Standard 18.  Understands the rise of the American labor movement and how political issues reflected social and economic changes
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 3.Understands major political issues and events of the late 19th century (e.g., the issues and results of the 1896 election, why third parties were established, the importance of Thomas Nast's political cartoons, the lives of important political personalities)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands major political issues of the late 19th century
     2.Understands major political events of the late 19th century
     3.Knows the issues of the 1896 election
     4.Knows the results of the 1896 election
     5.Understands why third parties were established in the late 19th century
     6.Understands the importance of Thomas Nast’s political cartoons in the late 19th century
     7.Understands the lives of important political personalities in the late 19th century
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands the appeal of various political parties and the positions they took (e.g., the Populist’s Omaha Platform of 1892; problems that prompted the establishment of the Populist Party; the appeal of the Democratic, Republican, and Greenback Labor parties to different socioeconomic groups)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the appeal of various political parties
     2.Understands the positions the various political parties took
     3.Knows the Populist’s Omaha Platform of 1892
     4.Understands the problems that prompted the establishment of the Populist Party
     5.Understands the appeal of the Democratic party to different socioeconomic groups
     6.Understands the appeal of the Republican party to different socioeconomic groups
     7.Understands the appeal of the Greenback Labor party to different socioeconomic groups
   Benchmark 5.Understands the issues and results of the 1896 election (e.g., the extent to which farmers were unable to adjust to the changing industrial scene and the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee, William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech and how it affected the outcome of the election, arguments and strategies used by William McKinley and Mark Hanna, urban women's support of the Republican party, the major components of the "full dinner pail")
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the issues of the 1896 election
     2.Knows the results of the 1896 election
     3.Understands the extent to which farmers were unable to adjust to the changing industrial scene in 1896
     4.Understands the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech
     5.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected the outcome of the election of 1896
     6.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected arguments used by William McKinley
     7.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected the strategies used by William McKinley
     8.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected arguments used by Mark Hanna
     9.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected the strategies used by Mark Hanna
     10.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected urban women’s support of the Republican party
     11.Understands how the Populist decision to endorse the Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan’s "Cross of Gold" speech affected the major components of the "full dinner pail"
 Standard 22.  Understands how the United States changed between the post-World War I years and the eve of the Great Depression
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 5.Understands how political issues in the 1920s influenced American society (e.g., the goals and effectiveness of the Republican party in the 1920s, the Harding and Coolidge administrations and the effects of World War I on Progressivism)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the goals of the Republican party in the 1920s
     2.Understands the effectiveness of the Republican party in the 1920s
     3.Understands the Harding administration
     4.Understands the Coolidge administration
     5.Understands the effects of World War I on Progressivism