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Topic: Black Death in the 14th century 

World History

 Standard 23.  Understands patterns of crisis and recovery in Afro-Eurasia between 1300 and 1450
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the origins and impact of the plague (e.g., how the plague started and spread across Eurasia and North Africa; the impact of the plague on daily life in urban Southwest Asia and Europe; how Christian and Muslim communities responded to the plague, and how the plague changed the lives of survivors)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the origins of the plague
     2.Understands the impact of the plague
     3.Understands how the plague started and spread across Eurasia and North Africa
     4.Understands the impact of the plague on daily life in urban Southwest Asia and Europe
     5.Understands how Christian communities responded to the plague
     6.Understands how Muslim communities responded to the plague
     7.Understands how the plague changed the lives of survivors
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how the plague influenced economic, social, and political conditions in various regions (e.g., how the spread of disease relates to geography, social reaction to the plague in rural and urban Europe and Southwest Asia, the increase in mortality rates by the plague between the 14th and 15th centuries, the impact of the plague on young people)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how the plague influenced economic conditions in various regions
     2.Understands how the plague influenced social conditions in various regions
     3.Understands how the plague influenced political conditions in various regions
     4.Understands how the spread of disease relates to geography
     5.Understands social reaction to the plague in rural and urban Europe
     6.Understands social reaction to the plague in rural and urban Southwest Asia
     7.Knows the increase in mortality rates by the plague between the 14th and 15th centuries
     8.Knows the impact of the plague on young people
   Benchmark 2.Understands causes for changes in social, political, and religious events in Europe after the 14th century (e.g., how the population decreased after the Great Plague; the effect of the crises in the Catholic Church on its organization, prestige, and power; increased wage levels and what governments did to discourage these increases)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands causes for changes in social events in Europe after the 14th century
     2.Understands causes for changes in political events in Europe after the 14th century
     3.Understands causes for changes in religious events in Europe after the 14th century
     4.Understands how the population decreased after the Great Plague and how this affected European society
     5.Understands the effect of the crises in the Catholic Church on its organization, prestige, and power
     6.Understands increased wage levels and what European governments did to discourage these increases
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows ways in which long-term climatic change contributed to Europe's economic and social crisis in the 14th century
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows ways in which long term climatic change contributed to Europe’s economic crisis in the 14th century
     2.Knows ways in which long term climatic change contributed to Europe’s social crisis in the 14th century
   Benchmark 5.Understands perceptions of the Black Death from diverse, contemporaneous sources (e.g., from Boccaccio in Europe and Ibn Battuta in Egypt and Syria)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands perceptions of the Black Death from Boccaccio in Europe
     2.Understands perceptions of the Black Death from Ibn Battuta in Egypt and Syria)
   Benchmark 6.Understands events and consequences of Jewish scapegoating in Europe during the Great Plague (e.g., the cremation of Strasbourg Jews, pogroms in the Holy Roman Empire, Jewish flight to Poland and Russia) and the attitudes and values these events represent
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands events of Jewish scapegoating in Europe during the Great Plague
     2.Understands consequences of Jewish scapegoating in Europe during the Great Plague
     3.Understands the cremation of Strasbourg Jews as part of Jewish scapegoating during the Great Plague
     4.Understands pogroms in the Holy Roman Empire as part of Jewish scapegoating during the Great Plague
     5.Understands Jewish flight to Poland and Russia in response to Jewish scapegoating during the Great Plague
     6.Understands the attitudes and values the events of Jewish scapegoating during the Great Plague represent
   Benchmark 7.Understands immediate and long-term consequences of the plague on European society (e.g., the medical, administrative, and psychological measures taken to cope with the plague in the 14th century; long-term consequences of recurrent pandemics in the 14th and 15th centuries on Europe society)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands immediate consequences of the plague on European society
     2.Understands long term consequences of the plague on European society
     3.Knows the medical measures taken to cope with the plague in the 14th century
     4.Knows the administrative measures taken to cope with the plague in the 14th century
     5.Knows the psychological measures taken to cope with the plague in the 14th century
     6.Knows long term consequences of recurrent pandemics in the 14th and 15th centuries on Europe society