State Standards - Science

Grade 6
Standard 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World: Student will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the World through a multicultural and a historic perspective.
A. Elements of Culture
1. Describe characteristics that historians use to organize people into cultures
a. Describe how location and environment influenced early world cultures
b. Describe and compare elements of culture such as art, music, religion, government, social structure, education, values, beliefs and customs, from civilizations in early world history
c. Describe the social, political, and religious character of societies in early world history
B. Cultural Diffusion
1. Explain how cultural diffusion influenced the development of cultures
a. Identify cultural groups within a region in early world history
b. Describe factors that resulted in cultural diffusion, such as trade, conflict and migration
c. Describe interactions that promoted or failed to promote relationships between groups, civilizations, empires, and nations
2. Analyze how increased diversity in early world history resulted from immigration, settlement patterns and economic development
a. Examine the practices and beliefs of world religions and philosophies including monotheism and polytheism
b. Describe the impact of various religions on a civilization, such as its effect on political, economic and social systems
C. Conflict and Compromise
1. Analyze factors that affected relationships in early world history
a. Examine the causes and effects of social, economic, and political conflict such as the Crusades
b. Describe the impact of trade and migration on the exchange of ideas and beliefs

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

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January 2008