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Topic: Christian Europe, 500-1000 CE 

World History

 Standard 15.  Understands the political, social, and cultural redefinitions in Europe from 500 to 1000 CE
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the influence of the monastery in European development (e.g., the importance of monasteries, convents, and missionaries from Britain and Ireland in the Christianizing of Western and Central Europe; the individual duties of monks and nuns)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of monasteries, convents, and missionaries from Britain in the Christianizing of Western and Central Europe
     2.Understands the importance of monasteries, convents, and missionaries from Ireland in the Christianizing of Western and Central Europe
     3.Knows the individual duties of monks in monasteries
     4.Knows the individual duties of nuns in convents
   Benchmark 2.Understands the development of the Merovingian and Carolingian states (e.g., their success at maintaining public order and local defense in western Europe)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the development of the Merovingian state
     2.Understands the development of the Carolingian state
     3.Understands the success of the Carolingian state at maintaining public order and local defense in western Europe
     4.Understands the success of the Merovingian state at maintaining public order and local defense in western Europe
   Benchmark 4.Understands the significance of Charlemagne (e.g., his government, laws, conquests, personal values)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands features and significance of Charlemagne’s government
     2.Understands features and significance of Charlemagne’s laws
     3.Understands features and significance of Charlemagne’s conquests
     4.Understands features and significance of Charlemagne’s values
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the importance of monasteries and convents as centers of political power, economic productivity, and communal life
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of monasteries and convents as centers of political power
     2.Understands the importance of monasteries and convents as centers of economic productivity
     3.Understands the importance of monasteries and convents as centers of communal life
   Benchmark 2.Understands the influence of the Carolingian Empire on the development of European civilization (e.g., how Charlemagne's royal court, monasteries, and convents preserved Greco-Roman and early Christian learning and contributed to the emergence of European civilization; changing political relations between the papacy and the secular rulers of Europe; extent and causes of the Carolingian influence in Europe and reasons for its decline; how the Rules of St. Benedict shaped Medieval Europe; how secular leaders such as Charlemagne influenced political order within Europe)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how Charlemagne’s royal court, monasteries, and convents preserved Greco Roman and early Christian learning
     2.Understands how Charlemagne’s royal court, monasteries, and convents contributed to the emergence of European civilization
     3.Understands changing political relations between the papacy and the secular rulers of Europe
     4.Understands extent and causes of the Carolingian influence in Europe
     5.Understands reasons for the decline of the Carolingian state
     6.Understands how the Rules of St. Benedict shaped Medieval Europe
     7.Understands how secular leaders such as Charlemagne influenced political order within Europe
   Benchmark 4.Understands the significance of Clovis (e.g., the major conquests of Clovis, how his conversion to Christianity was influenced by his wife, Clothilde; how his conversion affected the Frankish and Saxon peoples)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the major conquests of Clovis
     2.Understands how Clovis’ conversion to Christianity was influenced by his wife, Clothilde
     3.Understands how Clovis’ conversion to Christianity affected the Frankish and Saxon peoples
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands significant religious events that shaped medieval society (e.g., the successes of the Latin Catholic and Byzantine churches in introducing Christianity and Christian culture to Eastern Europe; similarities and differences in governance and worship in the Latin Catholic and Byzantine churches; how the Anglo-Saxon Boniface was an exemplar for other missionaries, and how he represented the "romanization of Europe")
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the successes of the Latin Catholic and Byzantine churches in introducing Christianity and Christian culture to Eastern Europe
     2.Understands similarities and differences in governance and worship in the Latin Catholic and Byzantine churches
     3.Understands how the Anglo Saxon Boniface was an exemplar for other missionaries
     4.Understands how the Anglo-Saxon Boniface represented the "romanization of Europe"
   Benchmark 3.Understands the significance of different empires in Europe (e.g., the size, wealth, and political organization of Charlemagne's empire compared to Byzantium, the Abbasid empire, and the Islamic caliphate of Iberia; the extent of the Frankish Empire under Clovis, the eventual division of imperial territory among his four sons, and the consequences of this division)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the size, wealth, and political organization of Charlemagne’s empire compared to Byzantium
     3.Understands the size, wealth, and political organization of Charlemagne’s empire compared to the Islamic caliphate of Iberia
     4.Understands the extent of the Frankish Empire under Clovis
     5.Understands the eventual division of imperial territory among Clovis’ four sons and the consequences of this division