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Topic: United States foreign policy post-World War II 

United States History

 Standard 27.  Understands how the Cold War and conflicts in Korea and Vietnam influenced domestic and international politics
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 2.Understands shifts in international relations after World War II (e.g., effects of popular uprisings against communist governments in Eastern Europe on U.S. foreign policy, U.S. relations with Israel and how Arab-Israeli crises influenced U.S. foreign policy, how the modern state of Israel became an independent country after World War II)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands effects of popular uprisings against communist governments in Eastern Europe on U.S. foreign policy
     2.Understands U.S. relations with Israel and how Arab-Israeli crises influenced U.S. foreign policy
     3.Knows how the modern state of Israel became an independent country after World War II
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands major events in U.S. foreign policy during the early Cold War period (e.g., the origins of the Cold War and the advent of nuclear politics, U.S. response to the Chinese Revolution, causes of the Korean War and resulting international tensions, the implementation of the U.S. containment policy, the circumstances that led to the Marshall Plan and its accomplishments)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the origins of the Cold War
     2.Knows about the advent of nuclear politics
     3.Understands the U.S. response to the Chinese Revolution
     4.Understands the causes of the Korean War and resulting international tensions
     5.Knows about the implementation of the U.S. containment policy
     6.Understands the circumstances that led to the Marshall Plan
     7.Understands the accomplishments of the Marshall Plan
   Benchmark 2.Understands the differences between the foreign policies of Kennedy and Johnson (e.g., changes in U.S. foreign policy toward the Soviet Union and the reasons for these changes, changing foreign policy toward Latin America, the Kennedy administration’s Cuban policy)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the foreign policies of President Kennedy
     2.Understands the foreign policies of President Johnson
     3.Understands changes in U.S. foreign policy toward the Soviet Union and the reasons for these changes
     4.Understands changing foreign policy toward Latin America
     5.Understands the Kennedy administration’s Cuban policy
   Benchmark 4.Understands the Truman and Eisenhower doctrines of foreign policy in terms of the international tensions that prompted each
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the international tensions that prompted the Truman doctrine of foreign policy
     2.Understands the international tensions that prompted the Eisenhower doctrine of foreign policy
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands U.S. foreign policy from the Truman administration to the Johnson administration (e.g., American policies toward independence movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; U.S. policy regarding the British mandate over Palestine and the establishment of the state of Israel; Kennedy’s response to the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile crises; how the Korean War affected the premises of U.S. foreign policy; the Kennedy-Johnson response to anti-colonial movements in Africa)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands U.S. foreign policy in the Truman administration
     2.Understands U.S. foreign policy in the Eisenhower administration
     3.Understands U.S. foreign policy in the Kennedy administration
     4.Understands U.S. foreign policy in the Johnson administration
     5.Knows about American policies toward independence movements in Africa
     6.Knows about American policies toward independence movements in Asia
     7.Knows about American policies toward independence movements in Latin America
     8.Knows about American policies toward independence movements in the Middle East
     9.Understands U.S. policy regarding the British mandate over Palestine and the establishment of the state of Israel
     10.Understands Kennedy’s response to the Bay of Pigs crisis
     11.Understands Kennedy’s response the Cuban Missile Crisis
     12.Knows how the Korean War affected the premises of U.S. foreign policy
     13.Knows about the Kennedy-Johnson response to anti-colonial movements in Africa