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Topic: Economic changes of the post-World War II period 

United States History

 Standard 26.  Understands the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II United States
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 2.Understands how the American economy changed in the post-World War II period (e.g., reasons for sustained economic growth, economic opportunities for members of the armed forces)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands reasons for sustained economic growth in the post World War II period
     2.Understands economic opportunities for members of the armed forces in the post World War II period
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 2.Understands the immediate social, political, and economic impacts on America after World War II (e.g., the economic and political effects of demobilization and reconversion; the growth and impact of opportunities in the service, white collar, and professional sectors in government and business; the growth of the middle class)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the immediate social impacts of World War II on America
     2.Understands the immediate political impacts of World War II on America
     3.Understands the immediate economic impacts of World War II on America
     4.Understands the economic effects of demobilization
     5.Understands the economic effects of reconversion
     6.Understands the political effects of demobilization
     7.Understands the political effects of reconversion
     8.Understands the growth of opportunities in the service sectors in government after World War II
     9.Understands the growth of opportunities in the service sectors in business after World War II
     10.Understands the growth of opportunities in the white collar sectors in government after World War II
     11.Understands the growth of opportunities in the white collar sectors in business after World War II
     12.Understands the growth of opportunities in the professional sectors in government after World War II
     13.Understands the growth of opportunities in the professional sectors in business after World War II
     14.Understands the growth of the middle class after World War II
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 2.Understands influences on the American economy after World War II (e.g., the impact of the Cold War, increased defense spending, the U.S. economy in relation to Europe and Asian economies)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the impact of the Cold War on the American economy
     2.Knows about the increased defense spending after World War II
     3.Understands the U.S. economy in relation to Europe and Asian economies
   Benchmark 3.Understands the socioeconomic factors of the post-World War II period in America (e.g., the gap between poverty and the rising affluence of the middle class, the extent of poverty in post-World War II America)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the socioeconomic factors of the post-World War II period in America
     2.Understands the gap between poverty and the rising affluence of the middle class in the post-World War II period

World History

 Standard 43.  Understands how post-World War II reconstruction occurred, new international power relations took shape, and colonial empires broke up
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the shift in political and economic conditions after World War II (e.g., why and how the United Nations was established, where it has been active in the world, and how successful it has been as a peacekeeper; the United States' economic position and international leadership post-World War I and post-World War II; aspects of social and political conflict in China in the period following the war)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     2.Understands the shift in economic conditions after World War II
     6.Understands features of the United States’ economic position and international leadership post World War I
     7.Understands the United States’ economic position and international leadership post World War II
   Benchmark 3.Understands political and social change in the developing countries of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia after World War II (e.g., how Israel was created, and why persistent conflict developed between Israel and both Arab Palestinians and neighboring states; the African experience under European colonial rule; major social and economic forces that compelled many Vietnamese to seek refuge in foreign countries)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     6.Knows major social and economic forces that compelled many Vietnamese to seek refuge in foreign countries
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands factors that brought about the political and economic transformation of Western and Eastern Europe after World War II (e.g., how Western European countries and Japan achieved rapid economic recovery after the war; the impact of the Marshall Plan, the European Economic Community, government planning, and the growth of welfare states upon the political stabilization of Western Europe; the formations of the Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after the war, and which countries have participated in each of these pacts; why Germany and Berlin were divided after the 1948 crisis, and the resulting problems)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands factors that brought about the political and economic transformation of Western Europe after World War II
     2.Understands factors that brought about the political and economic transformation of Eastern Europe after World War II
     3.Understands how Western European countries and Japan achieved rapid economic recovery after the war
     4.Understands the impact of the Marshall Plan upon the political stabilization of Western Europe
     5.Understands the impact of the European Economic Community upon the political stabilization of Western Europe