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Topic: Contemporary American culture 

United States History

 Standard 31.  Understands economic, social, and cultural developments in the contemporary United States
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 4.Understands aspects of contemporary American culture (e.g., the international influence of American culture, increased popularity of professional sports, influence of spectator sports on popular culture, sports and entertainment figures who advertise specific products)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about aspects of contemporary American culture
     2.Knows the international influence of American culture
     3.Knows that professional sports have increased in popularity
     4.Knows sports figures who advertise specific products
     5.Knows entertainment figures who advertise specific products
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands various influences on American culture (e.g., the desegregation of education and its role in the creation of private white academies; the influence of the media on contemporary American culture; how ethnic art, food, music, and clothing are incorporated into mainstream culture and society)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how desegregation has influenced American education
     2.Knows that desegregation of education played a role in the creation of private white academies
     3.Knows how the media influences contemporary American culture
     4.Knows how ethnic art, food, music, and clothing are incorporated into mainstream culture and society
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 4.Understands the influence of social change and the entertainment industry in shaping views on art, gender, and culture (e.g., how social change and renewed ethnic diversity affects artistic expression in contemporary American society, the reflection of values in popular TV shows, the effects of women's participation in sports on gender roles and career choices)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the influence of social change in shaping views on art
     2.Knows the influence of social change in shaping views on gender
     3.Knows the influence of social change in shaping views on culture
     4.Knows the influence of the entertainment industry in shaping views on art
     5.Knows the influence of the entertainment industry in shaping views on gender
     6.Knows the influence of the entertainment industry in shaping views on culture
     7.Knows how renewed ethnic diversity affects artistic expression in contemporary American society
     8.Knows that television shows reflect contemporary values
     9.Knows how women’s participation in sports has affected gender roles and career choices