Teaching Standards

These are the teaching Standards for World History as listed by the Tennessee State Department of Education.  Every effort will be made by the instructor to meet or exceed these standards in the classroom.  For a more complete listing of teaching Standards go to http://www.state.tn.us/education/ci/ss/doc/SS_3401.pdf.

Standard Number: 1.0 Culture

Standard: Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people, including

their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and tradition. Students will explore these

elements of society to develop an appreciation of and respect for the variety of human


Learning Expectations:

The student will

1.1 understand the multi-cultural components to world culture.

1.2 understand the development and migration of art, architecture, language,

religion, music and theater.

1.3 understand the ways in which individuals and groups contributed to changes

in social conditions.

1.4 examine how various individuals and groups use methods to diminish cultural

elements and eradicate entire groups.

Standard Number: 2.0 Economics

Standard: Globalization of the economy, the explosion of population growth,

technological changes and international competition compel students to understand,

both personally and globally, production, distribution, and consumption of goods and

services. Students will examine and analyze economic concepts such as basic needs

versus wants, using versus saving money, and policy-making versus decision-making.

Learning Expectations:

The student will

2.1 understand the major economic systems that developed globally.

2.2 recognize the importance of technologies for economic development.

2.3 understand the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the global economy.

2.4 understand the rapid change of the global economy after the Industrial

Revolution in the 20th century.

2.5 understand the contribution of individuals to the economy systems of the


Standard Number: 3.0 Geography

Standard: Geography enables the students to see, understand and appreciate the web

of relationships between people, places, and environments. Students will use the

knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts within the six essential elements of

geography: world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human

systems, environment and society, and the use of geography.

Learning Expectations:

The student will

3.1 understand the importance of physical geographic features on world historic


3.2 understand human geographic interactions and their impact on world historic


3.3 understand the importance of population growth and distribution on world

historic events

Standard Number: 4.0 Governance and Civics

Standard: Governance establishes structures of power and authority in order to

provide order and stability. Civic efficacy requires understanding rights and

responsibilities, ethical behavior, and the role of citizens within their community,

nation, and world.

Learning Expectations:

The student will

4.1 understand the development of major systems of world governance.

4.2 understand how individuals are affected differently by varied forms of


4.3 understand the development of nation-state governments.

4.4 understand the emergence of world governmental organizations.

Standard Number: 5.0 History

Standard: History involves people, events, and issues. Students will evaluate evidence

to develop comparative and causal analyses, and to interpret primary sources. They

will construct sound historical arguments and perspectives on which informed

decisions in contemporary life can be based.

Learning Expectations:

The student will

5.1 understand the chronological flow of historical eras and events in World


5.2 understand the processes that gave rise to the earliest human civilizations.

5.3 understand the maturation of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East,

Oceanic, and the Americas and their continuing impact on the modern world.

5.4 understand the history and impact of world religions.

5.5 understand the evolution of modern and western civilizations from 1000 CE to

the present.

5.6 understand the importance of the various economic systems in place during

the 19th and 20th century.

5.7 understand the impact of various global conflicts throughout history.

5.8 understand the continuing impact of historical events on the modern world.

5.9 understand the impact of developing technology on the world.

5.10 understand how historical information is collected, recorded, interpreted,

transmitted, and disseminated across various historical eras.

5.11 understand the importance of major trends and movements in world history.

5.12 understand the origin, evolution, decline, and impact of empire building and


Standard Number: 6.0 Individuals, Groups, and Interactions

Standard: Personal development and identity are shaped by factors including culture,

groups, and institutions. Central to this development are exploration, identification, and

analysis of how individuals and groups work independently and cooperatively.

Learning Expectations:

The student will

6.1 understand the impact of one’s culture on identity, lifestyle, and

socioeconomic status.

6.2 recognize the role of individuals in various cultures such as Western, Asian,

African, Middle Eastern, and indigenous cultures.

6.3 understand the extent to which individuals, groups and institutions interact to

produce continuity and change throughout world history.