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Topic: Individual development and identity 

Behavioral Studies

 Standard 1.  Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that people are alike in many ways and different in many ways
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that individuals have many similarities
     2.Knows that individuals have many differences
   Benchmark 3.Understands that people often choose to do the same kinds of things that their friends do (e.g., dress, talk, act), but that people also often choose to do certain things their own ways
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that people often choose to do the same kinds of things their friends do
     2.Knows that people often choose to dress, talk, and act like their friends
     3.Knows that people often choose to do certain things their own way
   Benchmark 4.Understands that the groups to which a person belongs (e.g., family, friends, team, community) influence in varying degrees how she or he thinks and acts
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows a variety of groups to which a person belongs
     2.Knows that a family is a group to which a person may belong
     3.Knows that a person may belong to a group of friends
     4.Knows that a team is a group to which a person may belong
     5.Knows that a community is a group to which a person may belong
     6.Understands that groups influence one’s thoughts and actions
     7.Understands that different groups have varying amounts of influence on a person
     8.Knows which groups have the most influence on one’s thoughts and actions
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 5.Understands that various factors (e.g., interests, capabilities, values) contribute to the shaping of a person's identity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that an individual’s interests are one factor that contributes to the shaping of his or her identity
     2.Knows that an individual’s capabilities are one factor that contributes to the shaping of his or her identity
     3.Knows that an individual’s values are one factor that contributes to the shaping of his or her identity
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Understands that family, gender, ethnicity, nationality, institutional affiliations, socioeconomic status, and other group and cultural influences contribute to the shaping of a person's identity
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that family contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     2.Understands that gender contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     3.Understands that ethnicity contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     4.Understands that nationality contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     5.Understands that institutional affiliations contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     6.Understands that socioeconomic status contributes to the shaping of a person’s identity
     7.Knows examples of group and cultural influences that contribute to the shaping of a person’s identity